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Self-control is repeatedly found to be vital for success in relationships, work and even for good mental health.

Self-control can make you happier, more ethical and more focused.

Those who find themselves somewhat lacking in self-control, though, should not despair.

Self-control is not set in stone and can be learned.

In addition, midlife is not too late to make changes like starting to exercise and quitting smoking.

There are a variety of science-backed ways to improve your self-control.

These include self-affirmationkeeping busyfeeling gratefulabstract thinkingavoiding the ‘license to sin’, and not trying too hard.

For more, read the top 10 self-control techniques and what self-control can do for you.

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