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Self-Controlled Kids Tend to Be Healthier Adults

In a new study, researchers found people who had higher levels of self-control as children were aging more slowly than their peers at age 45. Their bodies and brains were healthier and biologically younger, the researchers report. Self-control, the ability to contain one’s own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and to work toward goals with a plan, is one of the personality traits that makes a child ready for school. And, according to the study, which tracked 1,000 people from birth through age 45 in New Zealand, ready for life as well. In interviews, the higher self-control group also showed they may be better equipped to handle the health, financial, and social challenges of later life as well. The researchers used structured interviews and credit checks to assess financial preparedness. High childhood self-control participants expressed more positive views of aging and felt more satisfied with life in middle age. “Our population is growing …