The holiday season is over, so it's time to get serious about your New Year's resolutions. But those fine intentions are 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.
Fascinating: "Psychologists now believe that a person's capacity for self-control (on an everyday level) is finite. After a certain amount of willpower is used up on one difficult task, there's nothing left over to get other things done." It's called ego depletion—or a good excuse not to clean the dishes after dinner.
Can you turn over a new leaf, go on a diet, learn a new language, and get up every morning at dawn to meditate and clean your house? The idea of ego depletion says, "no." And it has physical evidence to back that up.