The Reading / Listening - Nice People - Level 3

New research shows that nicer people are likely to be poorer than people who are not so nice. Researchers looked at how the personalities of different people affected how rich or well off they were. The researchers found that people with a nice, warm personality were worse off financially than people who were more selfish. Kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money. Researcher Dr Joe Gladstone said this was because of the "agreeableness" of people who were kinder, more trusting and more caring. He said: "We find that agreeableness is associated with various [signs] of financial hardship, including lower savings, higher debt and higher default rates."



The researchers looked at data from different sources, including two online surveys taken by almost 4,000 participants. The data included answers to questions on people's financial situation, how people got into debt, and people's attitude towards money. They compared this data with surveys in which almost 5,000 people answered questions about their personality and their agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to care less about money and so did not look after or manage their money wisely. Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind and trusting had "financial costs". She wanted to better understand, "why nice guys seem to finish last".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Nice People - Level 0 Nice People - Level 1   or  Nice People - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.earth.com/news/nice-people-money-problems/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6265263/Agreeable-people-money-work-likely-bankrupt.html
  • https://www.newsweek.com/nice-guys-really-do-finish-last-agreeable-people-more-likely-be-broke-1162687


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. NICE PEOPLE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about nice people. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       research / nice people / poor / personality / selfish / money / trusting / caring / debt /
       sources / online surveys / participants / financial situation / attitude / manage / costs
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MONEY: Students A strongly believe having money is more important thna being nice; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NICE / NOT NICE: How do nice and not-so-nice people behave in these situations? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Nice People

Not-so-Nice People

With money

 

 

As a boss

 

 

Driving a car

 

 

Being a teacher

 

 

Playing cards

 

 

As a parent

 

 

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5. POOR: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "poor". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PERSONALITY: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important personality traits at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • sense of humour
  • loyalty
  • pride
  • selflessness
  • being loving
  • kindness
  • intelligence
  • bravery

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. likely a. Of a person who only thinks of himself or herself and not other people.
      2. personalities b. Changed by other things.
      3. affected c. All of the different parts or things that form someone's character.
      4. worse off d. Money (or other thing) that you must pay or give back to someone.
      5. selfish e. Could easily happen or be true; probable.
      6. agreeableness f. Have less money than before.
      7. debt g. How kind and caring someone is.

    Paragraph 2

      8. data h. Looked at how two or more things are the same or different.
      9. sources i. Anything about money.
      10. attitude j. Look after and control things like money.
      11. compared k. People or other things that give information.
      12. manage l. The price of the things we use and need every day.
      13. financial m. Facts and statistics collected for study or find out things.
      14. costs n. A way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, usually seen in how someone acts or behaves.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Researchers looked at how personalities affected people's wealth.     T / F
  2. People with a warmer people had less money than more selfish people.   T / F
  3. Kinder people are very good at saving money.     T / F
  4. Kinder people have more trouble paying back debts.     T / F
  5. Researchers looked at data from 12 different online surveys.     T / F
  6. Researchers found that agreeable people cared more about money.     T / F
  7. A researcher said there were no financial costs to being kinder.     T / F
  8. A researcher wanted to know why nice guys seemed to finish last.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. likely
  2. affected
  3. financially
  4. look after
  5. hardship
  6. sources
  7. situation
  8. attitude
  9. seemed
  10. understand
  1. viewpoint
  2. moneywise
  3. suffering
  4. comprehend
  5. materials
  6. probable
  7. appeared
  8. care for
  9. influenced
  10. affairs

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. people who are not
  2. the personalities
  3. more difficult to look
  4. various signs of financial
  5. lower
  6. two online
  7. how people got
  8. manage their money
  9. being kind
  10. nice guys seem to
  1. of different people
  2. finish last
  3. wisely
  4. and trusting
  5. into debt
  6. after their money
  7. hardship
  8. savings
  9. so nice
  10. surveys

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
affected
various
likely
look
so
rates
trusting
worse

New research shows that nicer people are (1) ____________ to be poorer than people who are not (2) ____________ nice. Researchers looked at how the personalities of different people (3) ____________ how rich or well off they were. The researchers found that people with a nice, warm personality were (4) ____________ off financially than people who were more selfish. Kinder people found it more difficult to (5) ____________ after their money. Researcher Dr Joe Gladstone said this was because of the "agreeableness" of people who were kinder, more (6) ____________ and more caring. He said: "We find that agreeableness is associated with (7) ____________ [signs] of financial hardship, including lower savings, higher debt and higher default (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
less
included
data
wisely
sources
guys
personality
situation

The researchers looked at data from different (9) ____________, including two online surveys taken by almost 4,000 participants. The data (10) ____________ answers to questions on people's financial (11) ____________, how people got into debt, and people's attitude towards money. They compared this (12) ____________ with surveys in which almost 5,000 people answered questions about their (13) ____________ and their agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to care (14) ____________ about money and so did not look after or manage their money (15) ____________. Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind and trusting had "financial costs". She wanted to better understand, "why nice (16) ____________ seem to finish last".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  research shows that nicer people are likely to be poorer than people who are ______
     a.  not so nicely
     b.  not soon ice
     c.  not son ice
     d.  not so nice
2)  The researchers found that people with a nice, warm personality ______
     a.  were verse off
     b.  were wars off
     c.  were whirls off
     d.  were worse off
3)  because of the agreeableness of people who were kinder, more trusting ______
     a.  and more caring
     b.  and more care in
     c.  and more carving
     d.  and more clearing
4)  We find that agreeableness is associated with various [signs] ______
     a.  of finance shall hardship
     b.  of financial hard ships
     c.  of financial hardship
     d.  of financial heard ship
5)  including lower savings, higher debt and ______
     a.  high a default rates
     b.  higher default trays
     c.  higher default rates
     d.  high a default rats

6)  The researchers looked at data from different sources, including ______
     a.  to online surveys
     b.  two online surveys
     c.  too online surveys
     d.  through online surveys
7)  people's financial situation, how people got into debt, and people's ______
     a.  attitudes towards money
     b.  altitude to wards money
     c.  aptitude two wards money
     d.  attitude towards money
8)  care less about money and so did not look after or manage ______
     a.  there money wisely
     b.  they're money wisely
     c.  them money wisely
     d.  their money wisely
9)  Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind and trusting ______
     a.  had "financially casts"
     b.  had "finance shall casts"
     c.  had "financial costs"
     d.  had "financial costings"
10)  She wanted to better understand, "why nice guys seem ______"
     a.  to finish last
     b.  tooth finish last
     c.  chew finish last
     d.  through finish last

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research shows that nicer people (1) ___________________ be poorer than people who are not so nice. Researchers looked at how the personalities of different people (2) ___________________ or well off they were. The researchers found that people with a nice, warm personality were (3) ___________________ than people who were more selfish. Kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money. Researcher Dr Joe Gladstone said this (4) ___________________ the "agreeableness" of people who were kinder, more trusting (5) ___________________. He said: "We find that agreeableness is associated with various [signs] of financial hardship, including lower savings, (6) ___________________ higher default rates."

The researchers looked (7) ___________________ different sources, including two online surveys taken by almost 4,000 participants. The data included answers (8) ___________________ people's financial situation, how people got into debt, (9) ___________________ towards money. They compared this data with surveys in which almost 5,000 people answered questions about their personality and their agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to (10) ___________________ money and so did not look (11) ___________________ their money wisely. Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind and trusting (12) ___________________. She wanted to better understand, "why nice guys seem to finish last".

Comprehension questions

  1. Who are nicer people likely to be poorer than?
  2. Who were people with a nice, warm personality worse off than?
  3. Who is Joe Gladstone?
  4. What signs did researchers say agreeableness was associated with?
  5. What was lower among kinder people?
  6. How many online surveys did the researchers look at?
  7. What situation did researchers look at regarding participants?
  8. How many people answered questions about their personality?
  9. What did researchers say kinder people did not do wisely?
  10. What did a researcher suggest "nice guys" do?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who are nicer people likely to be poorer than?
a) the homeless
b) the mega-rich
c) lovely people
d) no-so-nice people
2) Who were people with a nice, warm personality worse off than?
a) more selfless people
b) more selfish people
c) people who take selfies
d) sellers
3) Who is Joe Gladstone?
a) a nice guy
b) a poor guy
c) a rich guy
d) a researcher
4) What signs did researchers say agreeableness was associated with?
a) being rich
b) disagreeing
c) financial hardship
d) loans
5) What was lower among kinder people?
a) caring
b) debt
c) kindness
d) savings

6) How many online surveys did the researchers look at?
a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3
7) What situation did researchers look at regarding participants?
a) financial situation
b) domestic situation
c) health situation
d) future situation
8) How many people answered questions about their personality?
a) around 5,000
b) more than 5,000
c) nearly 5,000
d) exactly 5,000
9) What did researchers say kinder people did not do wisely?
a) go shopping
b) manage their money
c) be kind
d) make friends
10) What did a researcher suggest "nice guys" do?
a) finish last
b) find love
c) make friends
d) save money

Role play

Role  A – Kindness
You think kindness is the most important part of someone's personality. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): loyalty, pride or sense of humour.

Role  B – Loyalty
You think loyalty is the most important part of someone's personality. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): kindness, pride or sense of humour.

Role  C – Pride
You think pride is the most important part of someone's personality. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): loyalty, kindness or sense of humour.

Role  D – Sense of Humour
You think a sense of humour is the most important part of someone's personality. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): loyalty, pride or kindness.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'nice'

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  • and 'people'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • sources
    • answers
    • attitude
    • care
    • costs
    • guys
    • likely
    • well
    • worse
    • trusting
    • signs
    • rates




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Nicer people are poorer, says study

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'nice'?
    3. How nice are you?
    4. Who is the nicest person you know?
    5. Are very rich people very nice?
    6. Why do you think nicer people are poorer?
    7. Should nice people be less kind so they can be richer?
    8. How good are you at saving money?
    9. What do you think of being in debt?
    10. Have you ever suffered from financial hardships?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'person'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do other people think you are kind?
    5. Why are some people not kind?
    6. How difficult is it to look after your money?
    7. What do you think your personality is like?
    8. What is the best way to get rich?
    9. Why do nice guys finish last?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    New research shows that nicer people are (1) ____ to be poorer than people who are not so nice. Researchers looked at how the personalities of different people (2) ____ how rich or well off they were. The researchers found that people with a nice, (3) ____ personality were worse off financially than people who were more selfish. Kinder people found it more difficult to look (4) ____ their money. Researcher Dr Joe Gladstone said this was because of the "agreeableness" of people who were kinder, more (5) ____ and more caring. He said: "We find that agreeableness is associated (6) ____ various [signs] of financial hardship, including lower savings, higher debt and higher default rates."

    The researchers looked at data from different (7) ____, including two online surveys taken by almost 4,000 participants. The data included answers to questions (8) ____ people's financial situation, how people got into debt, and people's attitude towards money. They compared this data with surveys in (9) ____ almost 5,000 people answered questions about their personality and their agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to care (10) ____ about money and so did not look after or manage their money (11) ____. Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind and trusting had "financial costs". She wanted to better understand, "why nice guys seem to finish (12) ____ ".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     likely     (b)     likes     (c)     liked     (d)     likeability    
    2. (a)     reflected     (b)     infected     (c)     affected     (d)     effected    
    3. (a)     warmth     (b)     warms     (c)     warmly     (d)     warm    
    4. (a)     before     (b)     after     (c)     behind     (d)     below    
    5. (a)     twisting     (b)     trussing     (c)     thrusting     (d)     trusting    
    6. (a)     by     (b)     as     (c)     with     (d)     at    
    7. (a)     sorts     (b)     sources     (c)     sorties     (d)     sauces    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     as    
    9. (a)     which     (b)     that     (c)     where     (d)     why    
    10. (a)     lower     (b)     fewer     (c)     less     (d)     smaller    
    11. (a)     widely     (b)     expensive     (c)     whichever     (d)     wisely    
    12. (a)     cast     (b)     last     (c)     mast     (d)     vast

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  The researchers looked at data from different sources, including two online surveys taken by
    (...)  agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to care less about money and so did not look after or
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    (...)  after their money. Researcher Dr Joe Gladstone said this was because of the "agreeableness" of people who were
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    (...)  manage their money wisely. Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. well   or   were   .   how   Affected   off   rich   they
    3. look   .   it   people   Kinder   difficult   more   found   to
    4. agreeableness   This   of   the   was   people   .   of   because
    5. of   associated   with   Agreeableness   is   various   signs   hardship   .
    6. researchers   at   looked   different   data   from   The   sources   .
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    8. their  questions  about  answered  personality  .  Almost  people   5,000
    9. their   manage   money   or   Look   after   wisely   .
    10. nice   why   to   finish   last   .   guys   seem   Understand

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The researchers looked at data from different / difference sources, including two online surveys taken by most / almost 4,000 participants. The data included answers to questions on / in people's financial situation, how people got unto / into debt, and people's attitude forwards / towards money. They compared this data with surveys in which almost 5,000 people answered questions about their person / personality and their agreeableness. The researchers said agreeable people seemed to care less / few about money and so did not look after or manage their money wisdom / wisely. Researcher Sandra Matz said that being kind and trust / trusting had "financial costs". She wanted to better understand, "why nice guys seem to finish last / lasting".

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    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    new research shows that nicer people are likely to be poorer than people who are not so nice researchers looked at how the personalities of different people affected how rich or well off they were the researchers found that people with a nice warm personality were worse off financially than people who were more selfish kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money researcher dr joe gladstone said this was because of the agreeableness of people who were kinder more trusting and more caring he said we find that agreeableness is associated with various signs of financial hardship including lower savings higher debt and higher default rates

    the researchers looked at data from different sources including two online surveys taken by almost 4000 participants the data included answers to questions on peoples financial situation how people got into debt and peoples attitude towards money they compared this data with surveys in which almost 5000 people answered questions about their personality and their agreeableness the researchers said agreeable people seemed to care less about money and so did not look after or manage their money wisely researcher sandra matz said that being kind and trusting had financial costs she wanted to better understand why nice guys seem to finish last.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    whoarenotsonice.Researcherslookedathowthepersonalitiesofdiffer
    entpeopleaffectedhowrichorwellofftheywere.Theresearchersfoundt
    hatpeoplewithanice,warmpersonalitywereworseofffinanciallythanp
    eoplewhoweremoreselfish.Kinderpeoplefounditmoredifficulttolooka
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    e"agreeableness"ofpeoplewhowerekinder,moretrustingandmoreca
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    ns]offinancialhardship,includinglowersavings,higherdebtandhigher
    defaultrates."Theresearcherslookedatdatafromdifferentsources,inc
    ludingtwoonlinesurveystakenbyalmost4,000participants.Thedatain
    cludedanswerstoquestionsonpeople'sfinancialsituation,howpeopleg
    otintodebt,andpeople'sattitudetowardsmoney.Theycomparedthisd
    atawithsurveysinwhichalmost5,000peopleansweredquestionsabou
    ttheirpersonalityandtheiragreeableness.Theresearcherssaidagreea
    blepeopleseemedtocarelessaboutmoneyandsodidnotlookafterorma
    nagetheirmoneywisely.ResearcherSandraMatzsaidthatbeingkindan
    dtrustinghad"financialcosts".Shewantedtobetterunderstand,"whyn
    iceguysseemtofinishlast".

    Free writing

    Write about nice people for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It's much easier to be nice than it is to be horrible. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. NICE PEOPLE: Make a poster about nice people. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BEING NICE: Write a magazine article about everyone in the world being nice to each other. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on nice people. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to be nicer. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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