The Science of Willpower

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Five Temptations That Actually Boost Your Willpower

If you’ve suspected that you run out of willpower as the day wears on, you’re right. Scientists have discovered that willpower is a kind of energy that gets spent over the course of your day. Like a muscle that gets tired from exercise, our self-control strength gets sapped by the many decisions, distractions, and stresses we face. Read More

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

When experts such as Dr. Oz says that it's not only okay but better for us to have a life, i feel less guilty :D

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

When experts such as Dr. Oz says that it's not only okay but better for us to have a life, i feel less guilty :D

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

When experts such as Dr. Oz says that it's not only okay but better for us to have a life, i feel less guilty :D

Use of Inner Child to help make changes

Hi, Dr. McGonigal:)
First off, I asked my Inner Child to exercise in my mind. That seemed to boost my willpower a bit.
I set up a plan today to exercise or write in the morning--or do nothing about that for the rest of the day. I did not exercise nor writing this morning.
However, I changed the rule to be "exercise or write in the morning--or do no exercise nor writing for the rest of the month!! That seemed to energize me. But I won't know if it really works until tomorrow morning.
In the morning, when I didn't do anything serious, I asked myself "Why" a number of times, trying to go deeper each time. My Inner Child told me that, as a baby, growing in my mom's womb, I felt her fear. Later on, when I was born, I was aware of her fear of everything. I assumed I too should be afraid of everything. I rejected this eventually.
There is more I would communicate with you, Dr. McGonigal, but not in this venue. I'd appreciate it if you email me.
best wishes,
Mike

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Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a health psychologist at Stanford University.

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