There's scientific research to back up the claims that being a nice person can boost your health. And I believe it! Being from Minnesota doesn't automatically make you nicer than everyone else in the country. But if you are a nice person, chances are you are healthier and happier than most.

According to a column by Dan Harris of ABC News, brain scans show acts of kindness register like eating chocolate. Who can argue with that?

He also says that even those who are struggling with their health, saw improvements if they did volunteer work. And compassionate people tend to be healthier and happier.

So if you're not naturally a happy-go-lucky kind of person, then what? There are ways to change that. Check out the article here.