Un­ex­pected ben­e­fit to count­ing your bless­ings

First For Women - - Insight -

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.

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