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How To Use Chocolate To Strengthen Your Willpower

Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Be honest: Have you already broken your New Year’s resolution to eat fewer fattening foods? If so, it’s not really a surprise. ...

Forget Willpower -- Here's How to Make Your New Year's Resolution a Success

Jenny C. Evans | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny C. Evans

Instead of using willpower for your New Year's resolution this year, there's another strategy that makes it much easier. In fact, it almost makes it automatic.

2015: Explore the 'No Resolution' Solution

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 01.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

Success Is Not About Who Wins the Race, It's About Who Finishes. "The road to success leads through the valley of humility, and the path is up the l...

Why We Make Bad Food Decisions, Even When We Know Better

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science

When we opt for that last donut in the office kitchen rather than eat the apple brought in from home, our brains are actually making some important mi...

How a Dating Buddy Can Transform Your Search for Love

Ken Page | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

Clients who ask for -- and listen to -- the advice of wise, loving friends have more successful lives. Dating may be a lonely journey, but you don't have to take it alone. Having a dating buddy will definitely make it more fun.

Why You Need to Ditch Willpower as a Weight Loss Technique

Dr. Melissa McCreery | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Melissa McCreery

You don't need more mental toughness. You need an approach that will work. You need an approach that respects the reasons that you overeat. Here's the recipe for weight loss success that will actually take you where you want to go.

Forget Willpower: A Smarter Strategy to Resist Temptation

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The thing is, it takes a great deal of energy and effort to combat "hot" emotional impulses with cognitive cool thinking. Plus, suppressing emotions is stressful and takes a toll physically and emotionally.

The Moment My Hands Followed My Shadow

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I just wanted someone to take note of something other than my cerebral palsy, and I began to believe that desire was nothing more than a distant dream.

This Is Your Brain On Email

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

Before you contemplate moving to a farm, selling your smartphone on eBay, raising chickens and goats and cutting technology out of your life forever despite your love of selfies, WAIT -- there's a solution.

3 Ways Eating Chocolate Cake Can Strengthen Your Brain

Jon Wortmann | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

Take the part of you that wants to gobble, binge, and throw caution to the wind and you remind yourself, you can enjoy what you love and the desire for it doesn't have to own you. Our brains are so much stronger than we usually let them be.

How Boredom Can Lead To Failure

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline L. Arnold

New research is demonstrating that our ability to succeed at a task may well depend on how exciting and valuable we expect that task to be.

7 Ways To Easily Increase Your Willpower

Business Insider | Eric Barker | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

In general, people have an overly positive vision of themselves and their abilities. But what’s the one thing surveys show most everyone will admit...

Willpower or Won't-Power?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Are you blessed with willpower, or do you wish you had as much willpower as (insert any name). Do you wonder why willpower is illusive to you? Wake ...

7 Tips For Better Willpower

Jill S. Brown | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill S. Brown

Scientists have studied the mystery of willpower for decades. Some very interesting hypotheses have been found just in this last decade.

7 Things Resilient Couples Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

When a relationship hits a rough patch, it can be easy to think pessimistically. Thinking optimistically isn't about rainbows and unicorns, rather, it's about being realistic. Optimistic thinkers are able to identify solutions that haven't yet been tried. In addition, optimistic thinkers zero in on what they can control, influence or leverage.

How To Stick With Good Habits Even When Your Willpower Is Gone

James Clear | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
James Clear

When your willpower is depleted, you are even more likely to make decisions based on the environment around you. After all, if you're feeling drained, stressed, or overwhelmed then you're not going to go through a lot of effort to cook a healthy dinner or fit in a workout.

How to Make Yourself Do Something When You Just Don't Want To

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Thinking about the consequences of failure, ignoring your feelings and engaging in detailed planning don't sound as fun as advice like "Follow your passion!" or "Stay positive!" But they have the decided advantage of actually being effective -- which, as it happens, is exactly what you'll be if you use them.

Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

Nancy Deville | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actuall...

Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

Jen Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Simon

The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.

3 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Boost Your Resolutions and Make Them Stick

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

We are part of the way through January, and it's likely you've been poking some new resolutions with an old stick. How's it going? It's possible that ...

I Lost The Weight -- Now What?

Cooking Light | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cooking Light

The Social Diet says that great food in modified portions, combined with exercise, will lead to a pound of weight loss per week. Well, my deadline was today, and this morning I was 21 pounds lighter than 20 weeks ago. So... success! Next: The rest of my life.


Kelly Hirt | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

My son has been described as compulsive, stubborn and argumentative. But these are negative explanations of the same characteristic that has allowed him to tolerate challenging social and learning issues.

The Science Behind Successful Resolutions

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even though making a resolution is thrilling, keeping it isn't easy. Many people aren't ready to make the serious commitment needed to succeed.

3 Steps to Outsmart Cravings, Part 3

Katie Morton | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Katie Morton

When you have a craving, figure out what you really need, whether it's an emotional need, or a physical one, or both. And set about getting those needs met! You'll be much happier for it.

Kicking the Night Owl Habit

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Giving myself permission to relax and really mean it has made a world of difference. More focused, energized and peaceful, I consciously and consistently chipped away at a deeply ingrained habit. Now that's willpower in action.