Exerting self-control can be a surprising path to joy.
Researchers from the University of Chicago found that people who showed the greatest self-control also reported more good moods and fewer bad ones. In a study recently published in the Journal of Personality, researchers revealed that study participants didn't possess superhuman willpower that allowed them to reject frosting-covered vices; rather, they were exceptionally proactive about avoiding tempting situations in the first place. "One interpretation of this finding is that people use self-control to set up their lives so as to avoid problems", the authors explained to Time magazine. And that makes them feel good about themselves—and about life in general. For sweets lovers, this could simply mean that the shortest distance between here and happiness is the route that doesn't pass by the bakery.