Higher scores of participants with self-control were linked with higher grades than usual.

They reported higher self-esteem and less eating or alcohol abuse. They also noted better relationships and interpersonal skills. Tangney, J., Baumeister, R., & Boone, A.L. (2004). High self-control predicts good adjustment, less pathology, better grades, and interpersonal success. Journal of Personality, 72, 271-324.

Self-control predicts future health, earnings and committed the crime very well

The researchers concluded this after monitoring more than 1,000 children from birth to 32 years of age. Moffitt TE, Arseneault L, Belsky D, et al. A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2011;108(7):2693-2698. doi:10.1073/pnas.1010076108.

Using the opposite hand, for example with a fork, improves the strong will in participants of a study

Roy F. Baumeister, Matthew Gailliot, C. Nathan DeWall and Megan Oaten;”Self-Regulation and Personality: How Interventions Increase Regulatory Success, and How Depletion Moderates the Effects of Traits on Behavior”  Journal of  Personality, Volume 74, Issue 6, December 2006, Pages 1773–1802  

Keeping a straight silhouette while sitting improves a strong will after only 2 weeks.

Muraven M1, Baumeister RF, Tice DM., „Longitudinal improvement of self-regulation through practice: building self-control strength through repeated exercise.”, J Soc Psychol. 1999 Aug;139(4):446-57.

First rule: research shows it’s better to avoid the temptation to better achieve your goals than to improve your willpower

Marina Milyavskaya, Michael Inzlicht, ; „What’s so great about self-control? Examining the importance of effortful self-control and temptation in predicting real-life depletion and goal attainment”, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

We’re more willing to break social standards when the opportunity is in the middle

rather than at the start or end of a sequence. Researchers proved this pattern of judgment and behavior in obeying to: – ethical standards (e.g., cheating), – religious traditions (e.g., skipping religious rituals) – and performance standards (e.g., “cutting corners” on a task).