Sometimes, you just need a pep talk from yourself. In a recent study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, researchers from the University of Illinois found that cheering yourself on, especially in the second person (think: “You can do it. Just give one more rep.”), boosts your resolve and chances at success. It’s a handy trick whether you're in the gym, trying to roll out of bed for a 6 a.m. workout, or attempting not to raid the supermarket’s snack aisle.
Meanwhile, talking to yourself can act as a form of meditation, helping to lower your stress, blood pressure, and improve both your mental and physical health, says cardiologist Kevin Campbell, M.D., F.A.C.C. Hey, sometimes you can just talk things through with yourself in a way you can’t with your girlfriend.