When you think of rituals, you might think of a baptism or a seance — but rituals aren't always spiritual, or even particularly meaningful. (Look at secret handshakes.) Just take it from a new psychological study, which defines a ritual as simply "a fixed episodic sequence of actions characterised by rigidity and repetition." This same study found that even meaningless rituals can be powerful enough to help us conjure self-control.
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Written by Mae Rice July 30, 2018
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