It's common knowledge that we modern Americans favor short-term gratification over long-term rewards. And, duh, that's usually not a smart move!
A new study demonstrates that, after asking participants to focus on things they are grateful for, they demonstrated more patience and were able to keep those nasty impulses (e.g., emotional eating) in check. Of course this begs that lines are drawn between the dots: gratitude can encourage long-term success as another tool (move over, willpower) to a better life!
Study participants were given the choice between receiving $75 on the spot or choosing to receive a check for $100 in one year. Most of the grateful were also more patient. I'd choose the $100, for sure, but if there were three more zeros in the amount offered, maybe not so much!
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson