The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.
Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn:
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Listened to audio book, now on my third pass.
When I had trouble giving in to something, Grandpa always said "You just need a little more Willy." referring to my apparent lack of willpower. Grandpa was a great example of strong willpower, but he didn't know where it came from or how to grow it.
I am so relieved on hearing this book. It helped me make sense of an area in my life that was so important and yet I felt so powerless to do anything about. Now I have some tools and ideas to move on and do. I don't need excuses why I failed in the past. I just need some simple changes in habits that will very much improve my future.
I laugh and cry at the same time. "The heart is decietful and desparately wicked. Who can know it?" How I have fooled myself. I was at the mercy of my own false ideas, beliefs, and of those accumulated from culture and family. But now I have a fighting chance.
I would recommend this book to anyone. "The unexamined life is not worth living." More like the unexamined life is needlessly painful. Save yourself a lot of pain and failure.
Great read. Starting my 2nd reading. Got a lot out of it.
Your Body Was Born to Resist Cheesecake
Why SelfControl Is Like a Muscle
Why Being Good Gives Us Permission to Be
Why We Mistake Wanting for Happiness
How Feeling Bad Leads to Giving
The Economics of Instant Gratification
EIGHT Infected Why Willpower Is Contagious
The Limits of I Wont Power
TEN Final Thoughts