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Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Self-compassion-being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure-is associated with more motivation and better self-control.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “The development of willpower -I will, I won’t and I want- may define what it means to be human.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “We all have the tendency to believe self-doubt and self-criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals. Instead, try on the point of view of a mentor or good friend who believes in you, wants the best for your, and will encourage you when you feel discouraged.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “My favorite definition of the mindful path is the one the reveals itself as you walk down it. You cannot find the path until you step on to it.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “The is a secret for greater self-control, the science points to one thing: the power of paying attention.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses – not your long-term goals – will guide your choices.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Stress and meaning are inextricably linked. You don’t stress out about things you don’t care about, and you can’t create a meaningful life without experiencing some stress.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “People come up with resolutions that don’t reflect what matters most to them, and that makes them almost guaranteed to fail.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “The intelligent want self-control; children want candy. – RUMI.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “The willingness to think what you think and feel what you feel – without necessarily believing that it is true, and without feeling compelled to act on it – is an effective strategy for treating anxiety, depression, food cravings, and addiction. As we consider the evidence for each, we’ll see that giving up control of our inner experiences gives us greater control over our outer actions.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “The fact that this same basic approach helps such a wide range of willpower challenges, from depression to drug addiction, confirms that these three skills – self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matters most – are the foundation for self-control.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “If there is a secret for greater self-control, the science points to one thing: the power of paying attention. It’s training the mind to recognize when you’re making a choice, rather than running on autopilot.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “You can deal with stressful life experiences with strength from past ones.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Stress is what arises when something you care about is at stake.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Meditation is not about getting rid of all your thoughts; it’s learning not to get so lost in them that you forget what your goal is. Don’t worry if your focus isn’t perfect when meditating. Just practice coming back to the breath, again and again.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Feeling burdened rather than uplifted by everyday duties is more a mindset than a measure of what is going on in your life.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “According to a 2008 study by the National Sleep Foundation, American adults now get two hours less sleep per night than the average in 1960.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Stress Helps You Learn and Grow.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “We wrongly but persistently expect to make different decisions tomorrow than we do today.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Desire is the brain’s strategy for action. As we’ve seen, it can be both a threat to self-control and a source of willpower. When dopamine points us to temptation, we must distinguish wanting from happiness. But we can also recruit dopamine and the promise of reward to motivate ourselves and others. In the end, desire is neither good nor bad – what matters is where we let it point us, and whether we have the wisdom to know when to follow.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Ask your brain to do math every day, and it gets better at math. Ask your brain to worry, and it gets better at worrying. Ask your brain to concentrate, and it gets better at concentrating. Not.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Stress happens when something you care about is at stake. It’s not a sign to run away – it’s a sign to step forward.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “I will” and “I won’t” power are the two sides of self-control, but they alone don’t constitute willpower. To say no when you need to say no, and yes when you need to say yes, you need a third power: the ability to remember what you really want.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Studies of brain activation confirm that as soon as you give participants permission to express a thought they were trying to suppress, that thought becomes less primed and less likely to intrude into conscious awareness. Paradoxically, permission to think a thought reduces the likelihood of thinking it.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “When adults are randomly assigned to reduce their daily step count, 88 percent become more depressed. Within one week of becoming more sedentary, they report a 31 percent decline in life satisfaction. The average daily step count required to induce feelings of anxiety and depression and decrease satisfaction with life is 5,649. The typical American takes 4,774 steps per day. Across the globe, the average is 4,961.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “First, your brain is temporarily taken over by the promise of reward. At the sight of that strawberry cheesecake, your brain launches a neurotransmitter called dopamine from the middle of your brain into areas of the brain that control your attention, motivation, and action. Those little dopamine messengers tell your brain, “Must get cheesecake NOW, or suffer a fate worse than death.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Your Body Was Born to Resist Cheesecake.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “It turns out that people with a stress-is-enhancing mindset are more likely to be optimists, but the correlation is small. In addition to optimism, two other personality traits seem to be associated with a more positive view of stress: mindfulness and the ability to tolerate uncertainty.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “To exert self-control, you need to find your motivation when it matters. This is “I want” power.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Even in the Stone Age, the rules for how to win friends and influence people were likely the same as today’s: Cooperate when your neighbor needs shelter, share your dinner even if you’re still hungry, and think twice before saying “That loincloth makes you look fat.” In other words, a little self-control, please.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but at a wide range of self-control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control, and self-awareness.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “As Deb Lemire, president of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, says, “If shame worked, there’d be no fat people.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “The stress response is more than a basic survival instinct. It is built into how humans operate, how we relate to one another, and how we navigate our place in the world. When you understand this, the stress response is no longer something to be feared.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “We think about our future selves like different people. We often idealize them, expecting our future selves to do what our present selves cannot manage.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “It’s forgiveness, not guilt, that increases accountability. Researchers have found that taking a self-compassionate point of view on a personal failure makes people more likely to take personal responsibility for the failure than when they take a self-critical point of view.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “We may try to push thoughts out of our minds, but the body gets the message anyway. And just as trying to suppress sad and self-critical thoughts makes depression worse, studies show that thought suppression increases the symptoms of serious anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Though our survival system doesn’t always work to our advantage, it is a mistake to think we should conquer the primitive self completely.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Even in circumstances of great suffering, human beings have a natural capacity to find hope, exert choice, and make meaning. This is why in our own lives, the most common effects of stress include strength, growth, and resilience.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “When you are tempted to act against your long-term interests, frame the choice as giving up the best possible long-term reward for whatever the immediate gratification is.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Simply put: Whenever we have conflicting desires, being good gives us permission to be a little bit bad.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “But over the last decade, neuroscientists have discovered that, like an eager student, the brain is remarkably responsive to experience. Ask your brain to do math every day, and it gets better at math. Ask your brain to worry, and it gets better at worrying. Ask your brain to concentrate, and it gets better at concentrating. Not only does your brain find these things easier, but it actually remodels itself based on what you ask it to do.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Restores nervous system balance Processes and integrates the experience Helps the brain learn and grow Even though your body is calming down, you still feel mentally charged. You replay or analyze the experience in your mind, or want to talk to others about it. A mix of emotions are usually present, along with a desire to make sense of what happened.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “You need to recognize when you’re making a choice that requires willpower; otherwise, the brain always defaults to what is easiest.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “It’s the habit of noticing what you are about to do, and choosing to do the more difficult thing instead of the easiest.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “A tired operator and an energized monitor create a problematic imbalance in the mind. As the monitor searches for forbidden content, it continuously brings to mind what it is searching for. Neuroscientists have shown that the brain is constantly processing the forbidden content just outside of conscious awareness. The result: You become primed to think, feel, or do whatever you are trying to avoid.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “Obesity rates are much higher among those who sleep for less than six hours a night, in part because sleep deprivation interferes with how the brain and body use energy.”
Kelly McGonigal Quote: “When you try to push a thought away, and it keeps coming back to your mind, you are more likely to assume that it must be true.”
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