Study: People Who Think They Are Busy Make Healthier Choices

PEOPLE WHO PERCEIVE themselves to be busy exert more self-control, leading to healthier decision-making.

Being busy, or just thinking one is busy, can help delay gratification, leading to decisions that can provide long-term benefits, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Researchers studied people with a “busy mindset,” or the “subjective perception of busyness,” and how this influenced their decision making. They found that this mindset “bolsters people’s sense of self-importance, which, in turn, can increase self-control,” the study states.