Patience — it’s good, but noto­ri­ously hard, to have. Now, a new study shows a poten­tial way to increase it: Have gratitude.

Pub­lished in the journal Psy­cho­log­ical Sci­ence, researchers from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, River­side, and Har­vard Uni­ver­sity found that feel­ings of grat­i­tude are asso­ci­ated with increased patience in the con­text of a test where waiting leads to a greater mon­e­tary reward.

Showing that emo­tion can foster self-​​control and dis­cov­ering a way to reduce impa­tience with a simple grat­i­tude exer­cise opens up tremen­dous pos­si­bil­i­ties for reducing a wide range of soci­etal ills from impulse buying and insuf­fi­cient saving to obe­sity and smoking,” study researcher Ye Li, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the School of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, River­side, said in a statement.

In the study, 75 study par­tic­i­pants were asked to write down the details of an event that made them feel happy, an event that made them feel grateful, or the events of a typ­ical day. They were also asked to indi­cate on a five-​​point scale how happy or grateful they felt at the cur­rent time.

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