Thursday, September 15, 2011
Do A Good Deed
Doing a good deed — or just picturing yourself performing one — may increase your physical and emotional stamina. A study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that even the thought of helping others led to increased willpower and physical endurance. According to the researchers, we regard do-gooders as courageous, competent and less sensitive to discomfort. By putting ourselves in that role, we see ourselves as embodying those traits as well. Whether you’re on a diet and trying to steer clear of doughnuts or gathering the courage to speak in front of a crowd, helping someone beforehand could help you find the strength to succeed.