An important pillar of success is producing some self-control early in life. A study shows that cultivating self-control during childhood could be a big advantage when it involves personal health. Researchers from the university found that individuals who have high levels of self-control as a child usually get older to be healthier adults after they reach middle age.
These individuals’ brains and bodies actually appear to be aging at a slower rate than their peers who weren’t quite as on top of things during adolescence.
The study defines self-control because of the ability to manage one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, as well as work toward a goal with an idea. A series of interviews over the course of the experiment revealed that individuals who have better self-control as a child are better equipped to navigate financial, health-related, and social challenges in adulthood.
Self-control keeps you younger
Importantly, kids with self-control grew into adults with a healthier outlook on the aging process. They also seemed more content with their lives as a whole by middle age.
While researchers admit that many of the self-controlled kids come from financially secure families and have high IQs, but they later analyzed that self-control, not IQ or socioeconomic background, appears to be the factor that creates an aging difference.
Importantly, study authors also stress that nothing is ready in stone during childhood. Some participants were able to increase their self-control between childhood and middle age. These individuals also showed signs of delayed aging and robust health. Therefore, it’s never too late to begin building better self-control.
It is never too late to form a change
Self-control could be a trait that’s very teachable at any age. With this in mind, researchers would love to determine more societal investment in self-control training. They believe such initiatives would have a giant positive impact on both life span and quality of life among populations.
Study authors say that everybody fears an old age that’s sickly, poor, and lonely, so aging well requires us to get prepared, physically, financially, and socially.
If you’re not practicing self-control and aren’t prepared for aging yet, then your 50’s isn’t too late to get ready.