The students who’d been allowed to eat chocolate chip cookies and candy typically worked on the puzzles for about twenty minutes, as did a control group of students who were also hungry but hadn’t been offered food of any kind. The sorely tempted radish eaters, though, gave up in just eight minutes—a huge difference by the standards of laboratory experiments. They’d successfully resisted the temptation of the cookies and the chocolates, but the effort left them with less energy to tackle the puzzles.
Note: Explains a lot about me! Maybe this new no zynga food diet will make me less productive :-(
People were using up all their willpower on the job. They gave at the office—and their home suffered the consequences.
Either way, the effort to control their emotional reactions depleted their willpower. Faking it didn’t come free.
So if you’d like some advance warning of trouble, look not for a