Just Say No

Monday, March 19th, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Imposing self-control weakens one’s mental energy, making one’s next temptation seem more desirable and irresistible, according to a study discussed by ScienceNews’ Bruce Bower on February 25, 2012:

In this study, subjects who’d already resisted one or more urges saw their rate of yielding to new temptations increase from 15 percent early in the day to 37 percent later in the day. Fatigue, in and of itself, did not seem to explain this reduction of willpower.

The most successful people at resisting sugary treats, partying with friends before completing their work, and/or sundry other enticements were observed to avoid such temptations altogether. Therefore, they rarely had to rely completely on self-discipline.


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