Embrace your weirdness

I read a brilliant article this week about eccentric women and why they are more important now than ever and how the emergence of more female eccentrics is a sign of how much women have achieved.

Contrary to the belief that eccentric behaviour is a sign of mental illness, choosing to march to the beat of your own drum is actually good for your health and can help you live longer!

David Weeks, an Edinburgh psychiatrist and co-author of the 1995 book Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness discovered, during a decade long study of 1,000 eccentrics in Britain and America, that they were typically optimistic people with a mischievous sense of humour, childlike curiosity and a drive to make the world a better place.

He found that eccentrics suffered less from mental illnesses like depression and lived longer putting this down to the benefits of not repressing their inner nature to conform, which meant less stress, feeling happy and more efficient immune systems.

Now, if you're single, the eldest (or an only child) and your spelling is bad then you may be part of the club according to the 15 traits that define eccentrics.

The truly eccentric people I know don't try and stand out. They just do their best to live in a world of conventions while being themselves. So, however you might manifest it, be proud of your weirdness and remember that while there may be people that disapprove, you don't have a problem - they do.