They never think about their Wheaties.
"You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits
," President Obama told Vanity Fair
writer Michael Lewis. "I don't want to make decisions about what I'm eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make." Multiple studies confirm: To preserve stamina, judgment, emotional self-control—and, by extension, happiness— reduce the number of choices you need to make every day
, because even little ones sap your strength. (Psychologist Roy Baumeister, a leading researcher in this area, compared the willpower required in decision-making to a muscle that weakens with use
.) So, experiment. No more dithering about where to meet, what to wear or eat or any other non-vital choice—especially when the pressure's on. (Develop habits or decide the night before.) Then see if you don't have a little more energy and willpower to keep that aerobics-instructor smile on your face.
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