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About Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal (born 1977) is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who is known for her work in the field of ‘science help’ which focuses on translating insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support health and well-being. Wikipedia


Quotes by Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal (quotes)

  • Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.
  • You can deal with stressful life experiences with strength from past ones.
  • When you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience.
  • We wrongly but persistently expect to make different decisions tomorrow than we do today.
  • When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.
  • The development of willpower -I will, I won’t and I want- may define what it means to be human.
  • When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses. not your long-term goals‚ will guide your choices.
  • The is a secret for greater self-control, the science points to one thing: the power of paying attention.
  • Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.
  • People come up with resolutions that don‚Äôt reflect what matters most to them, and that makes them almost guaranteed to fail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The biggest enemies of willpower: temptation, self-criticism, and stress. (…) these three skills ‚ self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matter most‚ are the foundation for self-control.
  • 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 Over time, [meditators’] brains become finely tuned willpower machines.
  • 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.
  • For most of us, the classic test of willpower is resisting temptation, whether the temptress is a doughnut, a cigarette, a clearance sale, or a one-night stand. When people say, “I have no willpower,” what they usually mean is, “I have trouble saying no when my mouth, stomach, heart, or (fill in your anatomical part) wants to say yes.
  • According to the American Psychological Association, the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside of ra walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby. The least effective strategies are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.