|Is self-control a skill you can 'practice' like doing keyboard exercises to learn piano? [Agencies]|
People who find themselves on the verge of yelling at queue-jumpers or crafty colleagues could be helped by a simple exercise -- using the "wrong" hand, the Daily Mail reported.
Right-handers should get into the habit of using a computer mouse, stirring a cup of coffee or opening a door with their left hand -- and left-handers should do the opposite.
Training yourself to use the "wrong" hand seems to act as practice for other kinds of self control, such as being polite. Just two weeks of the exercises reduce the tendency to act on impulse, said a study published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
(China.org.cn March 19, 2012)