Many people would have read about the increasingly recognized importance of willpower in our lives. Children with higher levels have been found to grow into happier, healthier, and wealthier adults. Roy F Baumeister calls it the most important strength we have – indeed what most distinguishes us from animals.
Baumeister’s top willpower tips: Build up your self-control by exercising it regularly in small ways. Learn to recognise signs that your willpower may be waning. Don’t crash diet. Don’t try to do too much at once. Establish good habits and routines that will take the strain off your willpower. Learn how to draw up an effective to-do list.
What I found interesting was the link between the immune system, willpower, and sugars. Which explains why it’s easier to start a difficult task after lunch or a sugary drink. And why when you’re sick, all you want to do is watch movies and eat bags full of colored sugar.