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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 ...

Life & Happiness With Laura Rowley: How To Boost Willpower

Laura Rowley | Posted 02.11.2012 | Fifty

The holidays are definitely a season of multiple decisions -- gifts and decorations, menus and invitations -- and choice overload can weaken our willp...

What To Do When Willpower Fails

Manuel Villacorta | Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Manuel Villacorta

I have said for years that willpower doesn't work, and that people who rely on it to manage their nutrition will end up actually overeating when their will collapses. Nothing demonstrates this more than the holidays, with all that food, expectation and anxiety packed into a few days.

Is Willpower Harder For Women?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 01.25.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

A couple of new books dig into the science of willpower, and their findings reveal that the current reality of women's lives leaves us particularly challenged.

How To Keep Going When You Think You Can't: 5 Tips For Tough Times

Amy Gutman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Gutman

You probably know the feeling: Just when you most need to push ahead, whatever willpower you once possessed is nowhere to be found. As it turns out, this is no coincidence.

Could This Trait Make You More Successful?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

New research shows that people just won't trust you when you seem like you might have a willpower problem.

Self-Control: Helpful Or Harmful?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

We automatically think of willpower as a resource we use to help us do the things we know we should do -- the things that are good for us. Why, then, would anyone ever exert willpower in order to do something that isn't good for them?

How to Stop Love From Making You Act Like a Fool

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Just taking a moment to decide how you will handle your less attractive impulses could mean the difference between finding Mr. Right and seriously freaking him out.

5 Ways to Spend Less

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Everyone knows that if you want to get your finances in order and start being smart about your financial future, you need to make a financial plan.

New Strategies To Curb Emotional Eating

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Americans are stressed out, and seeking treatment for anxiety and depression in record numbers. Experiencing all of those bad feelings each day leads us to consume more and more high-calorie junk food.

The Relationship Between Exercise And Self Control

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It turns out that our capacity for self-control is surprisingly like a muscle -- like a bicep or tricep.

7 Ways To Boost Your Willpower

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

Did you know that willpower is like coal? We have a limited amount, and it can very well run out. I am determined to get some of my willpower back, so here I have assembled the tricks that have worked in the past.

How Willpower Works

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Your capacity for self-control is not unlike the muscles in your body. Just as well-developed biceps sometimes get tired and jelly-like after a strenuous workout, so, too, does your willpower "muscle."

9 Things Successful People Do Differently

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

Exchanging Willpower For Willingness

Pilar Gerasimo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Pilar Gerasimo

We Americans love the idea of willpower. It's forceful, bold, intrepid. It reeks of individual determination, and it suggests just enough stalwart endurance to satisfy our stoic sensibilities.

Men and Asking for Help

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

What is it about men that makes them think that asking for help seems like a weakness, not a strength? Why do we place such a high value on "toughing it out," especially when it can cut us off from optimal solutions?