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The Willpower Instinct

288 pages, 2013



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Kelly McGonigal's first book contains a wealth of information on willpower, an emotion that she defines as "a mind-body response, not a virtue. " 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 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.
Understanding Willpower

In The Willpower Instinct, Kelly Mcgonigal explains that willpower is like a muscle. It can be strengthened with practice and weakened when overused. So, if you're struggling with self-control, don't beat yourself up. Instead, see it as an opportunity to train your willpower muscle.

The Two Sides of Willpower

Mcgonigal digs into the two sides of willpower - 'I will' power and 'I won't' power. 'I will' power helps you to do things you need to do, while 'I won't' power helps you resist things you shouldn't do. Understanding this can help you better manage your self-control.

The Role of Stress

Stress plays a big role in willpower. When you're stressed, your body goes into survival mode, making it harder to resist temptations. The Willpower Instinct explores how managing stress can improve your self-control. So, next time you're feeling stressed, take a step back and find ways to relax.

The Importance of Self-Forgiveness

Made a mistake? Don't be too hard on yourself. Kelly Mcgonigal's research in The Willpower Instinct shows that self-forgiveness can actually boost your willpower. So, instead of dwelling on your mistakes, forgive yourself and move on.

Mindfulness and Willpower

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for boosting willpower. The book encourages you to be present and aware of your actions, rather than acting on autopilot. By being mindful, you can make better decisions and strengthen your self-control.

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The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal is a game-changer. It provides a deep understanding of the science of willpower and how to harness it for personal growth.

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins - Motivational Speaker

The Willpower Instinct is a must-read. It's a deep dive into the science of self-control and how to master it.

Tim FerrissTim Ferriss - Entrepreneur, Author

Kelly McGonigal's The Willpower Instinct is a powerful tool for understanding and improving our ability to control our actions and make better decisions.

Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington - Journalist, Author

The Willpower Instinct is a fascinating exploration of the science of willpower. It's a must-read for anyone looking to improve their self-control.

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg - Facebook Co-founder

The Willpower Instinct is a transformative book. It provides a roadmap for mastering self-control and harnessing it to improve our lives.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey - Media Executive
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