Self-Esteem and Stress: Set a Goal and then Nail It - Men's Health (article link)

Why it works: Setting higher expectations for yourself doesn't create stress—it actually provides a release valve for stress. A 2006 study found that people who set goals were less anxious, felt better about themselves, and found more meaning in their lives than did their free-floating counterparts. "Setting goals boosts mood by increasing the likelihood of success, which results in better feelings about yourself and life in general," says Jennifer S. Cheavens, Ph.D.

 

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