According to science, professional footballers have higher levels of self-control than we do.

They sleep more, watch less TV, and practice more. But it may also be thanks to the clubs and their coaches. Toering, T., & Jordet, G. (2015). Self-Control in Professional Football Players Journal of Applied Sport Psychology DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2015.1010047

Participants who added something pleasant to exercise, like listening to The Hunger Games, practiced more willingly (about 51%).

 Katherine L. Milkman, Julia A. Minson, Kevin G. M. Volpp, „Holding the Hunger Games Hostage at the Gym: An Evaluation of Temptation Bundling”, Manage Science. 2014 Feb; 60(2): 283–299. doi:  10.1287/mnsc.2013.1784

People who were sitting down against a mirror or being filmed worked harder and controlled themselves more easily.

They behaved even less aggressively than people „without a mirror.” „Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney

In order to remember everyday things, use intentions implementation with when, if, and then.

In order to remember everyday things, use intentions implementation with when, if, and then. There’s a study of epilepsy sufferers who were having trouble being regular with their medication regimen. They were given an “if, when, then” statement to make, such as, “If it’s eight o’clock in the morning and I’ve finished brushing my teeth, […]

According to scientists, if you ask yourself WHY I do something, it will improve your discipline…

and perseverance. It helped participants of the study to avoid TV and unhealthy eating. But question „How I do something” hadn’t already such an good effect. Fujita, Kentaro; Trope, Yaacov; Liberman, Nira; Levin-Sagi, Maya; Construal levels and self-control;  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 90(3), Mar 2006, 351-367.

Children who were thinking positively waited almost 3 times longer…

… for a reward than children who thought about sad things or rewards during the test. Children with cheerful thoughts were able to think about: „You can also think about singing songs, or playing with toys, or anything that is fun to think of. ” Children in the sad group thought: „You can also think […]