Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I might have to fire some of my friends...

... you know who you are!

So I guess my Mom was right, on one thing: "Dime con quien andas y te digo quien eres!" or for those who did not have a Cuban Mom it would be "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are". It turns out that research shows this to be scientifically true!

Studies conducted at the University of Georgia indicate that your decisions in self control are heavily influenced by the people you choose to hang out with (your friends) and even the people you do not choose to hang out with (your coworkers).

Here is one of their studies and its very interesting results:

"The best study, she said, and the most fun, involved 71 participants and two plates of food -- one stacked with carrot sticks, the other with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. The participants either watched someone exhibit self-control by eating the carrots and leaving the cookies, or vice versa. Later, the participants took self-control tests (not involving cookies and carrots). Those who had watched a person eat cookies did less well than those who had watched someone eat carrots."

Check out the full article here for more of their interesting studies supporting this conclusion.


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