Patience is having a healthy relationship with time. It is the amount of time you are willing to wait before you get frustrated or upset.

Interestingly, 50 percent of our patience is genetic, with the rest guided by the speed of life, expectations, competition, role models, perceived stress, and more.

Why increase patience? Because the opposite of patience isn’t impatience. It is becoming anxious, sick, injured, addicted, lonely, even dead.

Here is the good news. Like muscle, patience can be trained and enhanced – with resulting improvements in health, happiness, relationships, and work performance. You also become more hopeful, forgiving, compassionate, and yes, a better baby sitter!