Experts surmise that the smartest nonhuman primates can mentally project perhaps twenty minutes into the future—long enough to let the alpha male eat, but not long enough for much planning beyond dinner.
Note: Implies that visualization is a key element of willpower
But even though the challenge was mental, she also noticed that it eventually took a physical toll. As much as she liked the money, usually about fifty dollars an hour, she found she couldn’t do it for long.
Note: Quote from the human statue
Either way, the effort to control their emotional reactions depleted their willpower. Faking it didn’t come free.
Note: It is exhausting to live without integrity. Belinda example is relevant.
To avoid smirking at the next meeting, refrain from any strenuous mental exercises beforehand.
Note: A reason why I get sarcastic at the end of long meetings.