The Faith Middleton Show
11:09 am
Mon December 30, 2013

The Willpower Instinct

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New Year's resolutions are more successful when willpower is reinforced.

Most of us don't keep our resolutions all year, but this year could be different. Today we'll look at willpower. What is it, how does it work and is there a link to health and happiness through self-control? We talk with Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.

McGonigal explains how willpower is a mind-body response that can be improved through exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness. However, it's not an unlimited resource. McGonigal, demonstrates how too much self-control can actually be bad for our health. She combines research in psychology, medicine, economics and neuroscience to help overcome failure and boost self-control.

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  • Kelly McGonigal is an award-winning pychology instructor at Stanford University and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. She's also the author of Psychology Today's Science of Willpower blog.

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