Benefits of Being Nice

Profile: Deniz Ones

Drs. Deniz S. Ones and Michael Wilmot, recently published their research “Agreeableness and Its Consequences: A Quantitative Review of Meta-Analytic Findings.” In a Psychology Today article titled, “8 Benefits of Being a Nice Person,” their research is highlighted. 

Ones and Wilmot define agreeableness as “the personality trait primarily concerned with helping and building positive relationships with others.”

Their research looked into the adaptive qualities of the trait and whether being agreeable has long-term consequences throughout one’s life. 


Deniz Ones, PhD, is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Hellervik Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Michael Wilmot, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and a UMN– I/O Psychology alum.

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