Strength through prayer
Pray to God for strength—and you may get it. That’s what psychologists in Germany found in a recent experiment. People were instructed to either pray or think intensively for five minutes alone in a room. Then they watched a funny video—either normally or while trying to suppress emotion and facial expression. Those who tried to suppress themselves during the video performed worse in a subsequent test of self-control, unless they had prayed before watching the video.