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Self Control

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.

The Only Way to Get Important Things Done

Tony Schwartz | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Tony Schwartz

We each have one reservoir of will and discipline, and it gets progressively depleted by any act of conscious self-regulation. So if you spend energy trying to resist a fragrant chocolate chip cookie, you'll have less energy left over to solve a difficult problem.

Balanced Life -- Quiz: Are you a Moderator or an Abstainer, When Trying to Give Something Up?

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday, back by popular demand: Quiz -- are you a moderator or abstainer? One of the great myst...

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.

30 Things We Need -- and 30 We Don't

Tony Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tony Schwartz

Do you have the feeling, as I do, that in the tsunami of everyday life, we're getting too much of stuff we don't need, and not enough of what we do? Herewith my first set of suggestions about how to redress the imbalance.

The Partner Paradox: 'Outsourcing' Self-Discipline

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that having a supportive partner might have the opposite and paradoxical effect, actually undermining effort and commitment to health and fitness goals over the long haul?

Take Back Your Attention

Tony Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Schwartz

Something insidious has happened. The same device most of us use to get our primary work accomplished is also now the repository of 1,000 distractions and every imaginable source of immediate gratification.

Treat Yourself Like A Toddler

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

It's easy to expect that you "should" be able to deal with a particular situation, and of course, to a point, it's admirable to be flexible, to be low-maintenance.

How Thinking About An Elephant Can Make You Happier

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

If you want to distract yourself and raise your thoughts, what do you think about? Do you consider the elephant, contemplate the heavens, or something similar?

Dog Tired: What Our Hounds Can Teach Us About Self-Control

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

New research is now suggesting a much more primitive explanation for our powers of self-discipline--one that brings us down a notch or two in the animal kingdom.

The Balanced Life: Make It Easy to Do Right

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Find ingenious ways to make a resolution easier to keep.

Self-Help Isn't For Dummies

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

when readers comment on my pieces, many seem to suggest that those who seek self-improvement are stupid, disorganized or at the end of their rope in life. Thing is, that's not true.

Is Binge Eating A Psychiatric Disorder?

latimes.com | Melissa Healy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Psychiatrists must decide whether "binge eating disorder" stands alongside anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa as a separate psychiatric condition --...

The Long Term Benefits Of Self Discipline

newyorker.com | Jonah Lehrer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

According to Walter Mischel, this view of will power also helps explain why the marshmallow task is such a powerfully predictive test. "If you can dea...

Eight Tips For Conquering Anger And Irritability

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Hah. It's really quite preposterous for me to offer up a tips list on this subject. A tendency to fly off the handle is one of my most disagreeable an...

Happiness Tip: Abandon Your Self-Control

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone's project will look different, but it's the rare person who can't benefit. ...