Rituals can help us feel more in control of our lives, and more comfortable in situations that would otherwise bother us. One group of researchers now says they have found that a weird, meaningless food ritual might help us eat fewer kilojoules.
You can have all the good intentions in the world, but they're only as good as your self-control. Here's what you need to know about the neuroscience of willpower -- and what you can do to make your will even stronger.
When it's far too difficult to deny yourself that cigarette, that doughnut or that new coat, tell yourself to instead wait just 10 minutes before you give in. This "mini" delay in gratification will help you build more self-control over time.
Rather than looking at your workout in terms of simple calories burned, think of it as "willpower gained" instead. Willpower is limited, and earning more gives you more motivation and self-control in the short and long term.