Is self-control the key to a long and healthy life? -Online International News Network

2021-12-08 10:45:30 By : Ms. Daisy Dong

Islamabad, January 12 (online): If your children behave well, are they more likely to lead a healthy and happy life as an adult? A new study says yes. Researchers tracked more than 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to 45 years old, and found that goal-oriented children who can better control their thoughts, behaviors and emotions have healthier bodies and brains in middle age. Study author, University of Michigan Leah Richmond-Rakerd, assistant professor of psychology at Ann Arbor, said: “We found that as adults, at the age of 45, children with stronger self-control skills grow older more slowly.” “Their bodies and brains are healthier and more physiologically. People are younger. We also found that they have developed more health, financial and social reserves for old age." Why? Richmond-Rakerd said that her team believes this is related to "better regulation of emotions to cope with life." They plan better, thereby reducing the crises and challenges they experience. When a crisis does arise, their response to the challenge will be more cautious and thoughtful. "James Maddux is a senior scholar at the Center for the Promotion of Happiness at George Mason University in Virginia. Although not a member of the research team, he believes that these findings may stem from the ability of young people to delay gratification. "Many behaviors that lead to poor health are Relatively unable to delay the results of gratification," Maddux said, which means that you cannot give up smaller short-term rewards and get more substantial long-term rewards. He pointed out that examples of short-term indulgence may include smoking, alcoholism, overeating, and non-compliance. Safe sex and attending parties during the pandemic. The research team recruited teachers, parents, and registered children to assess each child’s impulsivity, frustration tolerance, and ability to persist in achieving goals. Self-control ability. Then, at the age of 45, a combination of physical exams, interviews, and brain scans are performed to determine physical health and social well-being in adulthood. Researchers have found that those who have stronger self-control skills at a young age are There are fewer signs of brain aging at age, better understanding of health and finances, and better social skills. Importantly, the team found that these findings still hold true even when family income and IQ scores are taken into account. The possibility that self-control is important is ruled out, because children born in wealthy families have better self-control ability, or because children with higher IQs have better self-control ability," Richmond-Lackard said. In admitting that "some While children are more likely to develop self-control than other children," she emphasized that the study also found that "over time, some people's levels of self-control have changed, indicating that self-control may be plastic and subject to intervention. "At that time, the researchers discovered that it is not just childhood self-control that affects future happiness in life. The study authors also concluded that "adults with stronger self-control ability develop more health, financial and social reserves for later life." Even if they don’t have as much self-control as children," Richmond-Luckard said. "We think this is important," she said. "Even if we didn’t develop good self-control in the early years, it’s 40 years old. In your late and 50s, there may still be opportunities to prepare for aging. It's not too late. "Maduke agreed." There is evidence that, like almost all aspects of personality, the ability to self-control is partly'connected' by your DNA," he said. "But there is also a lot of evidence that self-control is , Or self-regulation as it is commonly called, includes a set of specific skills that can be learned and practiced so that a person can better master these skills, just like any other skills, "he adds." This means that anyone can You can learn how to exert better self-control," whether it is through parents "modeling" their children or gaining better self-control in later life, Maddux said. "Of course, you develop bad self-regulation habits. The longer it takes, the harder it is to get rid of them," Madukes said. "But it can be done. The report was published online on January 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More information The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development provides more information about children’s learning. Source: Leah S. Richmond-Rakerd Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Dr. James E. Maddux, University Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Senior Scholar at the George Mason University Happiness Promotion Center in Fairfax, Virginia; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021 January On 4th, online end/online

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