I was attracted to this excerpt because it referred to 'strategic indulgence' which sounds just brilliant. Everything else I found seemed to focus on submitting yourself to a barrage of temptations in the hope you will somehow develop massive self control muscles. Having cold showers when you'd really like a warm one, drinking your coffee without sugar when you'd really prefer it with, all seemed a bit stupid. There was also a disturbing study conducted which tortured kids with marshmallows which I might just post another day.
Anyway - hope the following is of interest!
Its taken from this lady - I think Kelly sounds lovely and someone I'd like to be friends with!
Kelly McGonigal is a psychologist at Stanford University. Her latest book, which is full of strategies for behavior change, is The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.
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Five Temptations That Actually Boost Your Willpower
Eat, drink, laugh, and nap your way to more energy, focus, and self-control.
If you’ve suspected that you run out of willpower as the day wears on, you’re right.
Scientists have discovered that willpower is a kind of energy that gets spent over the course of your day. Like a muscle that gets tired from exercise, our self-control strength gets sapped by the many decisions, distractions, and stresses we face.
But science also shows that it’s easier than you might think to restore your spent willpower. Anything that reduces stress, boosts your mood, or recharges your energy can also give you back your self-control strength.
Below are five strategies to restore your willpower. Sure, they may look like temptations and distractions—but think of them as strategic indulgences. Treat yourself to the healthiest versions of these willpower boosts whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, and you can be the best version of yourself—calm, focused, motivated, making smart decisions—all day long.