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Practice Self-Control to Be Happier

Studies have shown that people with self-control are happier than those who constantly indulge.

Want to know the secret to happiness? Self-control. Whether it’s choosing not to devour that last piece of cake or fighting the urge to drunk-dial your ex-boyfriend, practicing self-control can improve the quality of your life in the long run and make you an overall happier person

According to Wilhelm Hofmann and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago, self-control is “among humankind's most valuable assets." It helps us refrain from acting on impulse and making choices we will probably regret in the future.

The researchers asked 414 adults to answer an online survey wherein they had to indicate how much they agreed with 14 statements (e.g. "I do certain things that are bad for me, if they are fun") They also took into account the subjects’ current emotional state and overall life satisfaction.

Based on the results, the researchers discovered that people who practice more self-control experienced not only long-term happiness but short-term as well. Their reasoning for this was that people with self-control are less likely to find themselves in situations where they have to decide whether to give in to a vice or not; they simply avoid it altogether. So instead of giving in to temptation to spend their last paycheck on an overpriced dress, they deposit their money straight to their savings account.

Are you up for the challenge? Try it out for a month and let us know how it turns out.


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