A few months ago, we put up a story saying that being grumpy is good because grumpy old folks live longer. This contradicted an earlier story saying that people get nicer as they get older. It turns out that grumpy people be less likely to become victims of dementia as they age?in fact, being disagreeable now may predict increased intelligence later in life.

Previous investigations of this studied mainly young adults, but a new study compared both young and older adults, whose ages ranged from 19 to 89 and who had similar personality traits, in order to try to determine what personality traits predict intelligence. The conclusion, alas, is that grumpy is good.

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