If patience is a virtue, Bostonians aren’t the most virtuous lot. A population of sidewalk speeders, jaywalkers, and people who use the horn more than the turn signal, we could all use a little more patience in our lives. David DeSteno, a Northeastern University professor, is making that possible.

DeSteno, a researcher in the psychology department who specializes in the link between emotional response and behavior, says that the key to being calm, cool, and collected may be easier than you think—just stop and count your blessings.