Forget willpower: A smarter strategy to resist temptation
Huffington Post - 11/04/2014
With all the focus on strategies to resist the proverbial marshmallow, we may have been missing something right under our noses. David Desteno, Ph.D., author and professor of psychology at Northeastern University, proposes a counter-intuitive approach to building self-control. Instead of demonizing emotion, he argues that some emotional responses may be the most powerful weapons we have against temptation. According to his research, socially oriented emotions like gratitude, love and compassion greatly enhance self-control and facilitate delayed gratification.