People who are fun and easy to be around usually share these 10 traits

Certain people are never short of friends and company. 

They make deep connections instantly and are the life and soul of any party or social gathering they attend.

However, for others, making friends feels like an uphill battle.

So what makes some people appear so fun and likable while others go unnoticed?

There have been many research studies exploring personality traits and the impact they have on our social interactions. 

They found that people who are fun and easy to be around often possess these 10 traits…   

1) Optimistic

Energy is contagious, so naturally, we seek to be around positive thinkers rather than people who are all doom and gloom.

People who are fun and easy to be around focus on the positive aspects of situations, inspiring those around them to adopt a similar mindset. 

So, when we hang out with positive people, we feel our energy gets uplifted. 

Optimistic people have a magical knack for brightening our day, so they are never short of friends.

Here’s another contagious thing that fun people possess…

2) Grateful

People who are fun and easy to be around have such positive mindsets because they regularly express gratitude. 

They routinely appreciate the little things and express thanks for the people and experiences that bring joy into their lives.

This attitude of appreciation is infectious, making us want to spend time with them. 

Having someone in your friendship group who always focuses on the good things can elevate the entire social dynamic. 

This trait can also deepen relationships, making interactions more meaningful and enjoyable.

Moreover, the more grateful we feel, the more we smile. And there is ample research that suggests smiley people are more likable and fun.

3) Authentic

Authenticity is becoming a rare trait to find in people nowadays. So when we meet someone “real,” we want to get to know them.

When someone is authentic, they are comfortable in their own skin, embracing their true selves rather than trying to be who they think they should be.

Therefore, authentic people are refreshing. 

They ooze light and joyful energy and possess a sense of trust and openness, laying the foundation for meaningful connections.

With authentic people, you feel permitted and encouraged to be yourself, too. You can relax and be at ease, not needing to watch what you do or say.

4) Empathetic

People who are fun and easy to be around are well-attuned to the needs and emotions of others.

This is due to high empathy, a trait science says makes you likable

A 2016 study found that when someone demonstrated compassion through empathy, kindness, or selflessness, they were rated more desirable to potential partners.

This is because people with a caring and compassionate nature make those around them feel understood and validated.

We feel like they can relate to our experiences and emotions. This allows us to relax and open up, making our conversations flow effortlessly.

Here’s another trait that makes us feel understood…

5) Active listener

We all like being around people who really “see” and “hear” us, which is a common trait in people who are easy to be around.

Fun and easy-going people have excellent communication skills, mastering the art of active listening.

They are fully present when you’re talking, paying attention to every word you say. 

But aside from listening, they make conversations more engaging by asking insightful questions and giving meaningful responses. 

Research shows that active listening is a highly likable trait. 

A study led by Harry Weger Jr. from the University of Central Florida found that people felt greater conversational satisfaction and social attraction when interacting with active listeners compared to those who just gave them simple acknowledgments. 

As a result, we tend to seek out these people repeatedly because we feel like they really “get us.”

6) Spontaneous 

Many fun people are spontaneous and adventurous. 

The zest for life these individuals possess awakens our own, inspiring us to let loose for once.

People who are fun to be around embrace spontaneity at every opportunity, adding a dash of adventure to everyday moments. 

We have no idea what to expect when we hang out with them, which makes them socially attractive.

The unpredictability and willingness to go with the flow injects excitement into our lives. As a result, we find ourselves on impromptu outings or trying new activities.

Fun and spontaneous people also encourage us to connect to our inner playfulness, something many of us have not done since childhood.

7) Free-spirited 

Along with spontaneity, people who are fun and easy to be around often have a free-spirited attitude that radiates a carefree and open energy. 

Their sense of adventure encourages us to break free from our rigid routines, question the status quo, and think outside the box.

However, while this trait is likable to many, some people get triggered by free-spirited people.

This is likely because they are jealous of their independent nature. People who get offended by free-thinkers wish they had their ability to think, act, and make decisions without approval from anyone else.

And what trait often goes hand in hand with free-spiritedness?

Open-mindedness.

8) Open-minded

According to research by personality psychologists Nettle and Clegg, open-minded people are deemed more socially attractive than those who are closed-minded.

This is because open-minded people are inclusive and don’t judge or discriminate.

Rather than insult others who think differently from them, they welcome various perspectives.

Their open-mindedness allows for diverse beliefs and ideas, fostering an environment where everyone feels accepted and celebrated for who they are.

Therefore, with an open-minded person, you feel at ease and don’t have to worry about criticism, judgment, or being the subject of gossip.

9) Extroverted

Extroversion is commonly associated with being outgoing, bold, and lively. 

Research has found that extroverts have high social energy, making them more socially attractive than introverted people.

Moreover…

A 2019 study from researchers at The University Of Toronto found that extroversion is closely associated with experiencing positive emotions more regularly.

Because of this, they found that extroverts are often more likable and easier to be around than introverts, who are harder to get to know.

While this is not always the case (some introverts can be very open), the research does suggest that many fun and easygoing people are extroverts. 

10) Humorous 

Laughter is a powerful bonding tool that fosters deep connections.

And guess what?

Fun people are always laughing.

They find humor and joy in little things and have a knack for thinking up witty jokes on the spot.

Moreover, because they don’t sweat the small stuff, they can laugh at themselves, something that many people struggle with!

Their humor makes everyone around them smile and laugh, and they create a positive and uplifting atmosphere everywhere they go.

But note that their humor is always lighthearted and friendly. They don’t use manipulative tactics like sarcasm or negging that blend humor with insults.  

Final thoughts

People who are fun and easy to be around possess a unique blend of traits contributing to their magnetic personalities. 

But the good news is many of these traits are developable.

While it may take some work, it’s possible to adopt a more optimistic mindset, be more grateful, and improve your listening skills.

So, even if you don’t see these ten traits in yourself, don’t despair. By working on these ten things, you’ll soon find yourself attracting more people and cultivating more enjoyable and meaningful connections.

Gemma Clarke

I am a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher and an experienced content writer in the spirituality and personal growth space.
I’m passionate about sharing my expertise through the power of
words to inspire and guide others along the path of personal and spiritual development.

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