self-control

SYSK Selects: How Willpower Works

You use it every day to overcome your lower self (which wants you to eat cake until your vision blurs) in pursuit of the goals of your higher self (which wants you to not develop Type-II diabetes). Yet it was only in the 1990s that researchers began to understand what makes our willpower and how it behaves.

Religion Keeps the Urges at Bay; Why the Religious Lead Longer, Healthier Lives

Research examining the link between religion and a longer, healthier life is well-established and accepted in the scientific community. But is it a reward from God to his followers? More likely it's the self-control the pious practice that keeps them alive and out of the infirmary, says a new U of Miami study.