All posts tagged: Self-control

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Report: Religious people have more self-control when it comes to shopping

According to a study by three researchers from university business schools,  Didem Kurt, Boston University, J. Jeffrey Inman, University of Pittsburgh and Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School, religious people not only spend less than non-religious but they are also less likely to make impulse purchases. The study that involved looking at the results of five earlier studies on spending habits also included the group’s own research. In their study, the three researchers put 800 people through a variety of “hypothetical” shopping scenarios and as well tests to evaluate how strong their religious beliefs were. What they discovered is that an incremental increase in religious belief resulted in a 5% decrease in spending and impulsive buying. This confirmed results from a survey of spending by 2,400 people in 10 states in 2011 and 2012, conducted by Point of Purchase Advertising International. It showed that people living in more religious counties not only spent less money on groceries than people living in less religious counties, but also had “fewer impulse purchases.” There are undoubtedly a variety of …

Life lessons from a marshmallow

Español: Lecciones de vida de un malvavisco ( dulce de merengue blando ) Esau and Jacob were the fraternal twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah. Esau, who was firstborn, was destined to receive the firstborn inheritance which amounted to twice that of the other children. So Esau would receive two thirds of the family inheritance and Jacob only a third. However, as a young man Esau traded away his double-portion inheritance for a mess of pottage. After a day in the field, Esau came back to the camp starving. Jacob was making a stew. When Esau asked Jacob for some stew, Jacob only agreed if Esau traded away his double-portion inheritance to Jacob.  32 Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” 33 And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. … Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:32-34 NASV) Esau was not willing to delay the instant gratification of a mess of pottage. The Bible …

Study shows prayer strengthens your self-control

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, German psychologists Malte Friese and Michaela Wanke state prayer helps an individual with self-control. The two researchers said, “a brief period of prayer buffered the self-control depletion effect.” They added, “These results are consistent with and contribute to a growing body of work attesting to the beneficial effects of praying on self-control.”