5 Surprising Ways Your Friends Influence You, Backed by Science

April 14, 2015 12:24 PM

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5 Surprising Ways Your Friends Influence You, Backed by Science

1. Strong-willed friends can increase your self-control. If you struggle to resist temptation, surrounding yourself with people who possess a high degree of self-discipline can help. A 2013 study published in Psychological Science reports that when people are running low on self-control, they often seek out self-disciplined people to boost their willpower.

Since self-control is vital to reaching long-term goals, befriending people with willpower could be the secret to success. Whether you're tempted to skip that workout at the gym, or you're considering blowing this month's budget, spending time with a disciplined friend could boost your motivation to...

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