February 24, 2012

Lent and the Science of Self-Denial

Jeffrey Kluger, Time


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When it comes to good-time holidays, Lent does not rank very high. Nor do Ramadan or Yom Kippur, of course, and no wonder. They are all about saying no to something (or many things) you love. Where’s the egg nog and holiday joy in all that? But we observe these less-than-festive celebrations all the same — and we have good reason to do so. There are hidden benefits to so much ritualized self-denial.

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TAGGED: Self-denial, Self-control, Human Behavior

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