In another study, researchers from Har­vard, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, and the Uni­ver­sity of California-​​Riverside found par­tic­i­pants who prac­ticed grat­i­tude were more patient than their less grateful counterparts.

In that study, which appears in an upcoming issue of Psy­cho­log­ical Sci­ence, par­tic­i­pants were given the oppor­tu­nity to receive imme­diate cash or wait for a larger check that would be mailed later. Prior to making their selec­tion, par­tic­i­pants were ran­domly assigned to write about an event that made them grateful, happy, or neutral.

Those who recalled feeling grateful showed more willpower and opted for the larger check. The find­ings sug­gest a con­nec­tion between grat­i­tude and long-​​term thinking, which may assist in helping people quit smoking, lose weight, and spend money responsibly.

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