It may apparently seem like an aggressive physical reaction, but clinching your fist could be doing you a world of good mentally, says a new study.
An team from the universities of Singapore and Chicago carried out a research which found that tightening muscles — of the hands, calf and biceps — can help you withstand pain, deal with bad events, and even resist temptation.
"The mind and body are closely tied. Simply engaging in these bodily actions can increase will power, facilitate self-control and improve well-being,"
the Daily Express
quoted the researchers as saying.
For the study, volunteers were put through tests like plunging into iced water, drinking vinegar, watching earthquake victims and being enticed by food. The findings revealed that those who tightened muscles reacted more positively to each situation.