The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works Why It Matters and What You Can Do to Get More of It – Kelly McGonigal

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works Why It Matters and What You Can Do to Get More of It – Kelly McGonigal

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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: Willpower is a mind-body response not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness exercise nutrition and sleep. Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. Temptation and stress hijack the brain’s systems of self-control but the brain can be trained for greater willpower Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. Willpower failures are contagiousyou can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friendsbut you can also catch self-control from the right role models. In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting less procrastination better health and greater productivity at work.