Americans Value Cheerfulness, but Germans…June 10, 2013 @ 7:47 am (Updated: 7:48 am - 6/10/13 )
Press coverage on the research often ignored the fact that the respondents also assumed males would suffer from an excess of cheerfulness - perhaps reflecting the study's German origins. German culture is many things, but no one's ever described Deutsche Kultur as sunny and care-free. In the United States, however, optimism seems to be part of our DNA and it's hard to believe that a cheerful, confident disposition would ever prove a detriment to either females or males.
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