It’s Possible That Jimmy Fallon Is a Natural-Born Nice Guy

The Huffington Post:

New Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has something of a reputation, but it’s not the one we might naturally associate with Hollywood success stories: Fallon is, by nearly all accounts, a genuinely nice guy. As Vanity Fair described, “He possesses no ironic cynicism, no attitude, no agenda other than to make people laugh.” He writes thank-you notes to restaurants that treat him well. He’s always respectful of his guests. In fact, it’s this nice guy quality that’s been credited with helping Fallon attract ratings-boosting, high profile guests — and convincing them to take part in his show’s often-silly shenanigans. He often features Bruce Springsteen singing parodies of his own songs. He recruited First Lady Michelle Obama to dance the “dougie” as part of a skit on the evolution of “Mom dancing.”

So is Fallon an anomaly? Or does he represent a shift in the balance of power between the tyrants and the team players? It’s possible that Fallon is a natural-born nice guy: A 2012 study published in Psychological Science found that niceness can be genetic; that people who have certain types of oxytocin and vasopressin receptor genes, as well as generally positive outlooks on the world, are more likely to be generous.

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