Have More Self-Control by Making Fun to Have Self-Control!

Tis’ the Season for Fun and Self Control

According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, failures

in self control (around issues such as eating too much, drinking,

over-shopping or not exercising enough) depend on whether people

see the need for self-control as “an obligation to work or an

opportunity to have fun.” The researchers in the study found that

people demonstrated greater self-control simply when the word ‘fun’

was included in any of the instructions. Now imagine taking it

the next step, and actually making the task fun. Or attaching a

fun reward as a goal for showing self restraint. Like, say if

you forgo eating too much, you can reward yourself with a

chocolate cake. Okay, so bad example. But you get the idea.

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Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Here’s a fun thing to try on a Friday afternoon with your

team: hold a best impersonation of an inanimate object or best

sound effect contest.

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Quote of the Week

“What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment,

partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense

of humor” Henry Louis Mencken

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It’s a Wacky World

Next Wednesday, December 15, is official “Cat Herder’s Day,”

so good luck with that. Of course, if that doesn’t work out

you can always try nailing Jello to a wall.

Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year,

Happy Humbug Day (December 21), Happy Festivus (December 23),

Happy Whiners Day (December 26) and Happy No Interruptions Day

(December 31)!

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