Unexpected benefit to counting your blessings
Saying grace before dinner can boost selfrestraint, say scientists in the journal Emotion. They had subjects share everyday experiences that filled them with gratitude, then asked them to choose between a smaller, immediate cash reward or a larger payout later. The results: People who felt more appreciative of their daily blessings had an easier time resisting instant gratification. It seems feeling grateful creates a sense of abundance that staves off impatience and hastiness.