Children's Self-Control Predicts Future Success

01/25/2011 12:47 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Maia Szalavitz TIME

Self-control may be the secret to success, according to a persuasive new study that followed 1,000 children from birth to age 32: children who showed early signs of self-mastery were not only less likely to have developed addictions or committed a crime by adulthood, but were also healthier and wealthier than their more impulsive peers.

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