Here’s what being late says about your personality, according to science

There’s always one. That person who, no matter how much notice they’re given, or how important the event-at-hand is, is always, unwaveringly, late.

If it’s not you, it’s someone you know, and probably something you find annoying, right? Perhaps even bordering on rude.

Well, this news might flip your outlook on said-annoying late friend on it’s head…

Because according to science, there might be a good reason for their tardiness after all. Business Insider reports that it is, in fact, a common trait of people who are successful, creative and optimistic.

It appears that late people, thanks to their positive and optimistic demeanour, often overcommit, as well as overestimate how much time they actually have, meaning it can be difficult to stick to deadlines. Makes sense.

That being said, they’re also more likely to succeed, be healthier and live longer.

One study found optimistic salesmen completed 88% more sales than their colleagues. While another at Harvard Medical School found an optimistic outlook early in life can “predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years”. Which means that not only are late people wasting others’ time, they’re living longer – ironically.

Interestingly, one study found creative (also known as late) people typically perceive time differently. When researchers asked participants how much time had passed after one minute, they guessed 77 seconds has passed, whereas those people who are normally on time guessed 58 seconds.

In other words, being late often indicates positive things about your personality. That being said, probably best to set an earlier alarm for the sake of your on-time friends’ sanity.