You’re a Cookie Monster? Blame Your Friends

January 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

C is for control, right?

Pick your pals wisely: A new study says that the people you hang around with directly help — or hinder — your powers of self control. “If you spend time with people who exhibit self-control — resisting the death-by-chocolate cake after a restaurant meal, for instance — you can expect your own self-control to be pretty good, too, according to new research,” Kathleen Doheny writes on “But the opposite seems true, too: Spending time with people with less-than-ideal self-control will influence you negatively, the researchers found.” (Thanks to Heather at for the heads-up.)

How about in your own life? Do your friends help you toward your healthy goals, or do they block them?

Entry filed under: Reasons Why.

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