Help Your Student Discipline Himself …By Feeding Him Sugar?

Self-discipline is the key to much of the success we experience in life.  Getting an A in that challenging class, training for and finishing that marathon, losing those stubborn 10 pounds – all take acts of willpower.  Sometimes we just don’t want to sit down and study, or hop on the treadmill for that long weekend run.  Sometimes we really want that cake.

Because of the importance of willpower in our lives, researchers have tirelessly sought to answer the question: “What is it that causes some individuals to be more motivated and disciplined than others?”

What’s Sugar Got to do With It?

The answer, surprisingly, seems to lie in our body’s ability to metabolize sugar and carbohydrates.  Using a sugary mouth rinse between mentally demanding exercises seems to significantly affect subjects’ ability to discipline themselves to exert continued mental effort.  Don’t take my word for it – click here to read the following article from the Association for Psychological Science. 

Maybe next time your child asks for ice cream, you’ll think twice before saying no.   Maybe, just maybe, it’ll help him get into Harvard.

-Kristen

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1 Comment

  1. Bay State Tutoring

    March 26th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Very interesting post! Never thought about it this way.




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