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The Elderly Are Better At Resisting Daily Temptations

Publish On: 26 Mar, 2020 09:49 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

If your grandfather doesn't want to share a pizza or accept a replacement dress as a present, appreciate him as he'sway better at controlling his spirit than you.

Researchers have found that older people are generally more emotionally stable and more ready to resist temptations in their daily lives.

"There is evidence here that emotional health and regulation improve with age," said study lead author Daisy Burr from Duke University in the US.

For the findings, published within the journal Emotion, the research team pinged 123 study participants aged 20 to 80 on their cell phones 3 times each day for ten days.

According to the study, participants were asked to point how they felt on a five-point scale for every of eight emotional states, including contentment, enthusiasm, relaxation and sluggishness.

They were asked whether or not they were desiring anything right then, including food or alcohol, cigarettes, social media, shopping, lecture someone, sex, sleep or work. they might report up to 3 temptations directly.

Each participant had also been assessed on a typical measure of "global life satisfaction," which determined their general well-being, no matter the moment-to-moment moods.

What the researchers were trying to find is how positive or negative feelings and therefore the ability to resist temptations might change as people grow old.

The researchers found that older people within the study were more stable and fewer volatile in their emotions. 

"And age, it turns out, is a stronger predictor of the ability to resist temptation than the emotional state," said study researcher Gregory Samanez-Larkin.


According to the researchers, an individual's goals change with age.

"The older person may be more oriented toward the present and trying to maximize well-being every day. You want to feel good as much as possible," Samanez-Larkin said.


The researchers said their findings are a far better reflection of real-world conditions because they surveyed participants in their own time and space, instead of having them answer cues during a laboratory setting.

They added that older people are better at regulating their spirit when allowed to try to to what they need .

The study found people experiencing more negative affect are worse at resisting desires. Younger study participants who had higher levels of life satisfaction were better ready to resist desires.