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Self Control

Halloween Hangover

Lori Ferraro | Posted 10.23.2014 | Women
Lori Ferraro

For someone who has issues with food, the span between Halloween and Christmas is awesome and brutal for obvious reasons, but for an all-or-nothing type of gal like me, Halloween candy is the worst. And the best. And the worst.

How Doing Dishes Can Help You Lose Weight

Caroline Kaufman, RDN | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline Kaufman, RDN

Here's the secret: Self-control is like a muscle. And the more you use it, the more self-control you'll have, and the easier it will be to exert it.

Tapped Out Teens: 4 Stress Relief Strategies That Work

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Not ready to try meditation? Try to practice slowing your breathing down to four to six breaths per minute. Regular practice of this technique has been shown to build both your stress resilience and your willpower reserve.

The Personality Trait That Will Make You A Successful Midlifer

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 10.12.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

In midlife, people can become so overwhelmed with multiple demands on their time that they can't get started on anything, much less those tasks that they need to get through somehow. You've got to get stuff done at work, pick up your kids, finish cleaning out your closets, maybe head to the gym, and get dinner on the table.

This Is Your Brain On Email

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D | Posted 10.13.2014 | 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.

Apple or Ice Cream? The Mechanics of a Healthy Choice

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.30.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Why is dietary self-control so difficult, even when we know full well what's at stake and what's right? It's not helpful at all to say simply that some people have more willpower. What's going on, at the most fundamental cognitive level, that leads to good and bad dietary decisions?

Am I My Own Worst Enemy?

Eve Beck | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Eve Beck

that you're capable of putting in perspective how the negative, even toxic people in your life affect your overall wellbeing and happiness.

Back-to-School Message: Stop Helicoptering, Start Teaching Self Control

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It is back to school time, but rather than waxing nostalgic about our memories (those smells of chalk, mixed with industrial strength cleaning fluid, ...

7 Tips to Maintain Class and Control Through Any Life Challenge

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 10.18.2014 | Women
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

As you focus on yourself, you learn to love yourself. When you love yourself you become that elegant, confident, graceful, desirable woman who commands the right kind of attention and praise. Why? Because people can feel you have it together inside and out.

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...

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. W...

A Quick-Start Guide to Self-Control

Matt Tenney | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Tenney

It's much easier to have self-control when we're away from any temptations. So I made it a point to create some rules for myself at a time when I was not subject to the temptation of chess, while I was out for a walk.

Put On Your Armor of God

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Here is how I've learned to control how I react: I take a pause and put on the armor of God. Reacting emotionally means we are allowing the situation, or other people, to dictate how we feel and how we act. And if we do that, we will never come out of a bad situation victorious.

'Bedtime Procrastination' Researcher Tells How To Beat The Problem

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

Children do it. Adults do it too. But why do we wind up putting off pillow time even when we're dead-tired? Scientists at Utrecht University in the...

Is This The Key To Self-Improvement?

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline L. Arnold

Behavioral changes at the margin are the key to getting at the core of any goal. Learning how to delay even a minor gratification helps to build a mindset that can support ambitious personal objectives. It's never to late to teach yourself how to pass the marshmallow test.

How Your Partner's Self-Control Affects Your Own

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living

Does your partner have a lot of self-control, or does he or she always seem to be depleted of it? The answer could affect the way you make decisions. ...

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.

Doing This and That: Are You a 'Precrastinator'?

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists at Penn State have been studying effort -- when and why we either spend or conserve our energy. They set out to confirm the intuitive notion that we don't use any more effort than we must in our routine daily actions.

Is Gratitude a Tool for Patience?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In AA and other recovery programs, willpower is an unreliable tool for abstinence. Effortful self-regulation can and does fail us, and such failures can leave us vulnerable to impatient decision making. A better alternative can be seen in another practice well known in the rooms of recovery -- the gratitude list.

The Addict's Perilous Bargain

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most of us are capable of bargaining for a distant payoff -- a college diploma, for example -- but addicts are bad at this calculation. So if addicts are so bad at temporal discounting, is it possible that this cognitive bias might be a marker of treatment success -- even a target of intervention?

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.

Now! Later. No, Right Now! Maybe in a Bit.

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.21.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Why would those who intentionally but irrationally put things off, who don't seem pressured by time -- why would these same people also tend to make rash decisions, without thought or planning? Procrastination and impulsivity are the odd couple of the human mind.

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...

Are Health Scientists Healthy?

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

Behavioral scientists don't just study irrationality; we live with it. Despite our own efforts to live rational lives and all the effort we spend designing environments that help people behave more rationally, we scientists find ourselves choosing irrationally.

Is It Really Possible To Run Out Of Self-Control?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Self-control seems awfully hard to come by when we're zapped of energy. But a new study suggests that trouble with self-control during times like thes...