Thursday, January 10, 2013

BlogHer Book Club - The Willpower Instinct

I'm a horrible procrastinator. Seriously. I have every good intention in the world of doing things right away and then life happens and the next thing I know I'm writing an book review at 11pm on a book that I JUST FINISHED READING. *ahem* Having said that, I have to tell you that The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It is AMAZING.


The author is Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. and she is my new hero. She talks about willpower and literally breaks down scientifically how and why we have it. She also tells us ways to strengthen our willpower and increase our chances to attain goals. And guess what? She's smart AND funny. I kept reading parts of the book aloud to my husband. He already tried to swipe the book from me and he hates reading.

I could not put this book down. Being able to understand exactly why my brain and body act the way they do and seeing the things that I do to it to sabotage myself when it comes to goal achievement just blew my mind. Being given tools to help me improve my willpower was an absolute gift.

The author teaches a course called "The Science of Willpower" and suggests that the book be read over a ten week time period to emulate her course. I am going to do so and I literally can't wait to wake up tomorrow and start this book all over again.

Here's a video bonus :)

People? Read this book. You'll thank me later.

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This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. If you'd like to join the book club discussion, visit

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