The Good Life

Self-control

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Every day, we are tested. Whether it’s a cookie tempting us from our diets or a warm bed coaxing us to sleep late, we are forced to decide between what we want to do and what we ought to do. Researchers are investigating the elusive forces behind a person’s willpower, and they’re finding is that it is essentially a mental muscle, which can be weakened or strengthened. Laughter and conjuring up powerful memories may help boost self-control. Some research also suggests we can improve self-control through practice. For instance,a vow to stop swearing, or to give up just one food may be a way to strengthen your self-control, giving you more willpower reserves for bigger challenges later.

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