Implementation intentions: a powerful tool to accomplish goals

[image: word cloud describing psychological concepts, Wikimedia; this is essay #287 in the Figs in Winter series]

Psychological research is supposed to be helpful to living a better life. In that sense, it is the empirical complement to philosophy as the art of living. As the ancient Stoics taught us, it makes little sense to try to live a good life if you ignore how the world works (science), or if you do not think in a sound manner about what to do and why (philosophy).