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Self Control

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...

What I Have Learned About Letting Go

Christine Gutierrez | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Christine Gutierrez

It's important to not set up false expectations on life, because then you set yourself up for unrealistic expectations, get discouraged and give up.

Mindful Strategies: Leading Me to a Place of Calm

Susie Wolbe | Posted 11.16.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

I have broken a really bad habit, and replaced it, mindfully, with a plan that allows me to avoid the inappropriate and irrational and, instead, be thoughtful, calm, and reasonable.

'Mommy, Are You Eating Chocolate?'

Samaneh Kleopatra Zarabi | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Samaneh Kleopatra Zarabi

Damn it, I was busted. He interrupted me exactly at the moment I was just about to bite a crunchy chocolate caramel (one of the only sweets I eat happens to be a Swedish Chocolate, which is a rare find in Cleveland!).

3 Ways to Attract Healthy Love Into Your Life

Christine Gutierrez | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Christine Gutierrez

You deserve to be treated with love, honor, and respect. Never settle for less and continue walking toward actions that lead you closer and closer to healthy love.

Make it, Spend it: Is There a Better Way?

Jim Gibson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

Would you believe that, despite all the protests, all the negative media attention and all that, it really isn't the economy's fault, stupid? Guess wh...

Halloween Hangover

Lori Ferraro | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.21.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 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.

Apple or Ice Cream? The Mechanics of a Healthy Choice

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.30.2014 | 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 11.29.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.