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Willpower

A Simple Success Tip: Say 'I Don't'

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It's hard to motivate yourself to adopt new habits, but it's even harder to rid yourself of old ones. More often than not, it's the latter that keep us from becoming the person we really want to be.

2013: The Year Fatigue Set In

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Marian Salzman

"Fatigue" turned out to be the perfect word for what many people were beginning to feel after a few years of hyperconnectivity, information overload and always-on living.

WATCH: Pastor: 'DON'T Resist Temptation'

OWN | Posted 01.11.2013 | OWN

Every Sunday, thousands of people flock to Saddleback Church in Southern California to hear sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Drive...

Is Self-Control Overrated? (And Will It Help You Keep Those New Year's Resolutions?)

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

With a large volume of research showing that self-control is a limited resource -- one that can be depleted as quickly as the money in your bank account -- is it worth the effort it takes to achieve self-mastery?

5 Key Strategies For Successful Weight Loss And Beyond

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

If your New Year's resolution involves making a change in your diet with weight loss as a goal, you are facing a dizzying array of information out there. There is a great deal of evidence about what practices help weight loss, much of it contradictory.

This Is The Mistake That Derails Your Resolution Every Year

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Have you ever tried to lose weight by not thinking about food? How about trying to stop yourself from calling your love interest by blocking out all thoughts about that person? Ever try to quit smoking by trying not to think about smoking? Did it work? I'll bet it didn't.

Secrets of Effective New Year's Resolutions

Sean Meshorer | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

Let's face it: Too often, our New Year's resolutions are toothless fairytales that quickly fall by the wayside, abandoned long before February rolls around. The good news is that it needn't be this way.

3 Strategies For Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Joy Weese Moll | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty
Joy Weese Moll

As anyone who has tried to keep a resolution knows, change is hard. Many of us over 50 have given up long ago on the idea that making a New Year's resolution is a path to anything but disappointment. It may be time to try again, however.

9 Tricks Successful People Use To Stress Less

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

The difference between those who are successful and those who aren't is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do. Here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes.

An Exploration Of Willpower (And How To Revive It)

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Anyone who has tried to break a bad habit has experienced the trouble with willpower. You want to stick to your diet, but you find yourself standing at a buffet filled with tempting desserts. Psychologists have been quite interested in understanding why willpower works so poorly.

What's Perfect for You?

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

If you've begun to make a lifestyle change -- a new diet, exercise routine, stress reduction activity, or anything else -- consider that there will be times when you may need or want to get off your lifestyle wagon.

LISTEN: New Will.i.am Song Featuring Justin Bieber Hits Internet

Posted 09.23.2012 | Entertainment

Justin Bieber fans, get excited, but not too excited. A new song from Will.i.am's upcoming "#willpower" album featuring the teen pop sensation has lea...

Five Minutes on the River Thames

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

While getting the gold or winning the race matters, what carries even more weight is the willingness to dedicate every last drop of energy in pursuit of a goal.

When You Fight A Food Craving... It's Already Too Late!

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Hanaan Rosenthal

Fighting your subconscious on anything is always a losing battle. You may have temporary gains, but over the long term, the odds are against you. There is, however, one facet to your relationship with your subconscious that will flip the struggle for supremacy on its head.

Physics Explains NYC Man's Phenomenal Catch Of Falling Child

Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

By: Life's Little Mysteries Staff Published: 07/17/2012 06:03 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries A New York City bus driver has been hailed as a...

How To Really Achieve Your Goals

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

When it comes to reaching your goals and avoiding temptation, you need to plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves.

How To Rally With Simple Real-World Strategies

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

When you're stuck and are relieving stress now by acting in ways that cause problems later, it's important to figure out how to regroup.

5 Tips for Boosting Your Willpower

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 06.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

Who among us has not made a plan to get up in the morning and exercise, but then hit snooze one time too many, sleeping through our morning jog?

Willpower Secrets From The Pros

Posted 04.22.2012 | Healthy Living

By Leslie Goldman They say you should never trust a skinny chef. But what about a petite food stylist or a svelte cupcake queen? The fact is, whe...

The Physiology Of Willpower: Where Does Discipline Come From?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Willpower is the key to much that's good in life. So it's no wonder that psychological scientists have been studying willpower for decades, trying to figure out who is disciplined under what circumstances -- and why.

Problem With Procrastination? Try This: Do Nothing

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 04.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Just about anyone who has ever put off a troublesome task is familiar with one of my "secrets of adulthood": Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.

February Check-In: 2 Ways To Reboot Your Resolutions

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Real change can be hard to come by, and it's tempting to want to start lowering expectations, or throw in the towel on your goal completely. But don't despair, because it's not too late to push the reset button and try tackling those goals again.

Techniques To Increase Motivation And Willpower

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

This blog will be the first in a series designed to teach you specific cognitive (thinking) and behavioral skills that will help you increase your motivation and willpower whenever it begins to lag.

Need Help With Your New Year's Resolutions?

David Lose | Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living
David Lose

The vast majority of us have given up on our New Year's resolutions before the month's out. If you truly want to change yourself for the better in 2012, then you'll do well to pay attention to these three research-driven tips.

What Steve Jobs Taught Us About Willpower and Its Limits

Christina Patterson | Posted 02.16.2012 | Home
Christina Patterson

It isn't nice to want to punch someone who's dead in the face. But, on Wednesday night, I did. On Wednesday night, when I saw a man called Steve say ...