Open-mindedness and tolerance

People who are more open-minded and creative live longer[1][2]. An open mind has shown to increase the chance of health treatments to work[3] (even if the treatment is a placebo). Open-minded individuals tend to invest more effort in acquiring information, which, in turn, is important for good decision making in your personal life[4]. Open-mindedness supports learning which is associated with higher performance in the workplace[5][6]. Open-minded individuals are less swayed by singular events and are more resistant to suggestion and manipulation[7].

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      • [5] Baker, W. E., and Sinkula, J. M. (1999). Learning Orientation, Market Orientation, and Innovation: Integrating and Extending Models of Organizational performance. Journal of Market-Focused Management, 4(4), p. 295-308.
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