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Century Marks

Exercise your willpower: A person working on a difficult puzzle will spend eight minutes more on it if given a bunch of cookies to eat rather than raw radishes. The reserve of willpower is depleted more quickly with the radishes, because most people have to will themselves to eat radishes. However, the part of the human brain where willpower resides is like a muscle: it can be strengthened through exercise. According to Sam Wang, a neuroscientist at Princeton, an exercise as minor as brushing your teeth with the nondominant hand for several weeks will increase your reserve of willpower, which can then be used for other tasks (Discover, March).


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