Giving in to temptation may be good for you

London: Can`t resist your temptation for that last piece of cake or chocolate? Well, it`s good for you and may keep you happy, say scientists.

A study of British women found that those who gave in to temptation on a regular basis were much happier than those who restrained themselves.

The researchers said that self-regulation makes people more inclined to feel dissatisfied — proving the old adage that a little of what you fancy really does do you good, the Daily Mail reported.

Those who took part in the survey for a food company said shopping over the budget, sweet treats and browsing the Internet at work as their favourite pick-me-ups.

Neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis, who led the study, said: "There is a body of evidence suggesting that resisting temptation actually makes us angry."

"Most things are fine in moderation, and giving in to our relatively innocent urges particularly when times are tough — is a great way to reward ourselves."

The survey of 2,000 women by OnePoll for `Gu Puds` found that almost 90 per cent gave in to urges at least some of the time, while almost 60 per cent did so once a day.