Saturday, March 10, 2012

Exercising Weighty Decisions

by Kris Pitcher

A new study finds that holding something heavy while making a decision actually gives you more confidence in your own opinions.

The study, conducted at the University of Amsterdam found that people holding a heavy clipboard assigned more importance to their own decisions than people holding a light one, or nothing at all.

The literal translation is that holding something heavy gives you more weight to what you are considering. I like that. If we take that further can we assume that lifting weights gives us the confidence to make strong judgements?

I'd like to think it does. The confidence we build right along with our muscles is something that I have witnessed in myself and in others, but I couldn't document it for you.

When you think of the many benefits of weight lifting, know that building your strength in decision making is one. Your ability to make decisions and have confidence in the one you are making is an important muscle to build. And to exercise!

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