The Zoomer Report: Self control

Every day, we are tested. Whether it’s a cookie tempting us from our
diets or a warm bed coaxing us to sleep late, we are forced to decide between
what we want to do and what we ought to do.

Researchers are investigating the elusive forces behind a person’s willpower,
and they’re finding is that it is essentially a mental muscle, which can
be weakened or strengthened.

Laughter and conjuring up powerful memories may help boost self-control. Some
research also suggests we can improve self-control through practice. For instance,
a vow to stop swearing, or to give up just one food may be a way to strengthen
your self-control, giving you more willpower reserves for bigger challenges

About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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