Distance enhances creativity.

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Researchers found that participants who negotiated with another person that they believed was physically faraway (several thousand feet away) gained more agreements.

In terms of negotiations, thinking more abstractly is beneficial because it encourages negotiators to reflect.

Maybe we should imagine job on Mars?

Henderson, M. (2011). Mere physical distance and integrative agreements: When more space improves negotiation outcomes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47 (1), 7-15 DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.07.011



Blaming yourself decreases willpower. Forgiveness raises it.

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Blaming yourself decreases willpower. Forgiveness raises it.

“Study after study shows that self-criticism is consistently associated with less motivation and worse self-control. It is also one of the single biggest predictors of depression, which drains both “I will” power and “I want” power. In contrast, self-compassion— being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure— is associated with more motivation and better self-control.”


Procrastinating Can Improve Willpower

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“…people who had told themselves “Not now, but later” were less troubled with visions of chocolate cake than the other two groups… Those in the postponement condition actually ate significantly less than those in the self-denial condition…”

“Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Hardcover” by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney 


According to scientists, if you ask yourself WHY I do something, it will improve your discipline…

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and perseverance. It helped participants of the study to avoid TV and unhealthy eating.

But question “How I do something” hadn’t already such an good effect.

Fujita, Kentaro; Trope, Yaacov; Liberman, Nira; Levin-Sagi, Maya; Construal levels and self-control; 
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 90(3), Mar 2006, 351-367.

Children who were thinking positively waited almost 3 times longer…

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… for a reward than children who thought about sad things or rewards during the test.

Children with cheerful thoughts were able to think about: “You can also think about singing songs, or playing with toys, or anything that is fun to think of. ”

Children in the sad group thought: “You can also think of falling down and getting a bloody knee which hurts a lot, or you can think of crying with no one to help. You can think of anything that makes you unhappy.”

Mischel W, Ebbesen EB, Zeiss AR.; “Cognitive and attentional mechanisms in delay of gratification.”; J Pers Soc Psychol. 1972 Feb;21(2):204-18.