Feel as if your willpower is weakening? Make a fist to help boost it. Research shows that this simple tactic really works: Because we tend to unconsciously tighten our muscles when we need more physical or mental strength, our brains have learned to associate the act with greater self-control. Clenching your fist becomes a cue to renew your willpower whenever you need the resolve to choose an apple over a doughnut or to get to the gym when you’d rather sit on the couch.
- Iris Hung, Ph.D., a professor of marketing at Fudan University in Shanghai and a coauthor of a study about how muscle contraction influences self-control.
Source: Shape magazine, September 2016. #bossofmybody