taking a break

Taking a break does not restore willpower.

Working hard at the office ? You don’t need any ” refreshment break” to restore your willpower, says a new study.

Scientists have long assumed that willpower is a very limited resource, and when it’s drained, the only way to restore it is by recharging our bodies with rest, food or even some distraction . But, now psychologists at Stanford university have challenged this theory, saying weak will-power is all in your head, after they found a person’s mindset and personal beliefs about willpower determine how long and how well they will be able to work on a tough mental exercise.

“If you think of willpower as something that’s biologically limited, you’re more likely to be tired when you perform a difficult task. But if you think of willpower as something that’s not easily depleted, you can go on and on,” the Daily Mail quoted lead author Veronika Job as saying . For the study, the researchers designed a series of four experiments to test and manipulate Stanford students’ beliefs about willpower. After a tiring task, those who believed or were led to believe that willpower is a limited resource performed worse on standard concentration tests than those who thought of willpower as something they had more control over. They also found that leading up to final exam week, students who bought into the limited resource theory ate junk food 24% more often than those who believed they had more control in resisting temptation. The limited resource believers procrastinated 35% more than other group.

Via Times of India