Trying Patience


In the 1990s the Guinness Brewery began a series of campaigns advertising the famous stout worldwide and their slogan was: Good things come to those who wait. While patience in pulling a perfect pint is one thing, general attitude towards the value of waiting is yet another.

Patience is correlated with a lot of wellbeing benefits. It is associated with life satisfaction, higher self-esteem, lower levels of loneliness, depression and anxiety. We can practice patience by reminding ourselves to wait. Alternatively, here is an evidence-based series of activities that can help us do it.

In a four-week programme for enhancing patience, participants attended 30 min sessions during which they discussed the following:

  1. session: Becoming aware of positive and negative emotions, as well as the situations that triggered them.
  2. session: Discussing self-regulatory activities that prevented participants from reacting to situations at hand
  3. and 4. sessions: Discussing various situations and how participants can cope with their stress, as well as develop their compassion for others, e.g. when you’re in cinema and the person behind keeps kicking your seat.

In addition to the discussions, they also participated in 10-15 min mindfulness sessions. All these activities have improved participants patience and boosted their wellbeing.


Schnitke, S. & Emmons, R.A. (2011). An examination of patience and wellbeing. In A.C. Parks & S.M. Schueller (Eds.) The Wiley Blackwell handbook of positive psychological interventions. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Have you tried this activity? If so, please share your experience.