THE SCIENCE OF WILLPOWER
Willpower is more tightly correlated with happiness and success than almost any other attribute, yet most people are surprisingly unaware of how willpower works in the brain and what they can do to increase their ability to apply self-regulation skills in their daily lives. Woven with personal insights and anecdotes, this lecture is a romp through the history of several fascinating psychology experiments. I discuss how we can increase our resistance to willpower depletion and how it affects every area of our lives, including our ability to eat more healthfully, exercise more frequently, smoke fewer cigarettes, or even wash our dirty laundry more often. People who employ self-regulation skills earn more, feel better about themselves, are less likely to end up in jail, are more likely to stay married, and, generally speaking, are better employees and more likely to live happy, fulfilling, productive lives. Finally, I leave attendees with a practical implementation plan for improving willpower and overall quality of life. People emerge from this talk feeling energized, awestruck, hopeful, and motivated to take some very simple steps to improve their quality of life immediately.