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"Mother Nature Network" featured Pace University's Professor Daniel Baugher in "How to be more patient"

11/30/2018

"Mother Nature Network" featured Pace University's Professor Daniel Baugher in "How to be more patient"

You may not consider yourself the patient type.

Maybe you came to that conclusion at an early age, when your exhausted parents relented to your demands — and let you tear into those Christmas presents early.

Maybe your first-grade teacher pointed this out when you were squirming out the door before the recess bell even sounded.

As a grown-up, how many times do you pound the "close door" button in the elevator? And are you skimming through this story right now?

You're not alone. Impatience has become the hallmark of a harried society — a culture that pounces from one quick payoff to the next.

Forget the fact that tailgating in traffic or making rash decisions is downright dangerous for a lot of people. There are plenty of links between impatient people and a host of health issues. A 2011 study, for example, suggests it may even be making us fat.

"If you are willing to forgo present satisfaction for future benefits, you are patient," John Komlos of the University of Munich told WebMD. "If, however, you want your satisfaction right now, then you are going to have that extra dessert and that extra ice cream and you are not going to be able to forgo the pleasures of today."

Then there's your poor heart, wearing down fast from always living on the edge. You don't need a mountain of research to connect the dots between impatience and hypertension, soaring blood pressure and even heart attacks. (But in case you do ...)

"Being impatient could cause anxiety and hostility," Daniel Baugher, a professor at Pace University in New York City, told LiveScience. "And if you're constantly anxious, your sleep could be affected, too."

And on top of all that, impatience makes us poorer. Forget the spendathon that is Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Christmas/Sale du Jour. Consider any investment you ever made that you cashed out on too early. Financial planning is all about the long game.

And just in case you still cling to the notion that impatient people get more done, consider a 2015 Columbia University study that found the opposite — impatient people are most likely to be chronic procrastinators.

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