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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

Hardcover: 272 pages; Publisher: Avery; First edition (December 29, 2011); ISBN-10: 1583334386; ISBN-13: 978-1583334386; Product dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches; Shipping weight: 9.6 ounces.

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 contagious – you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­ – but 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.

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