Willpower and Behavior Change: Wanting What You Want to Want

This article is also published on Positive Psychology News Daily. The American Psychological Association recently commissioned some research on stress and willpower in America to understand American perceptions of stress and the motivation to make lifestyle and behavior changes.  Almost everyone that they surveyed (93%) had goals to change some aspect of their behavior in […]

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Stop Trying to Motivate your Employees! (Self-Determination Theory at Work)

Most managers think that motivating employees is the #1 part of their job.  Or they make the distinction between managers, who attempt to get things done by delegating and motivating employees through incentives and discipline, and leaders, who create a compelling vision and motivate employees through empowerment and inspiration.  But everyone seems to feel that […]

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On Love and Breakdancing

Alden Tan is a young rockstar blogger (26 years old) who reached out to me interested to share his thoughts on The Psychology of Wellbeing.  After getting to know him a bit, I found his passion for life infectious and was inspired by his commitment to chase his dreams.  If you like what he shares […]

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Why First Impressions Don’t Matter Much

A great article by Andrea Petersen appeared in the Wall Street Journal Travel section last week outlining the “Hidden Ways Hotels Court Guests Faster.”  The article focused on all the ways that different hotel brands are trying to dazzle their guests with an excellent first impression. Hotel industry executives (myself included) were likely to be […]

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Just Be a Parent

Being a parent is not easy.  I would say it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  It’s also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.  (I talk about this “parental paradox” in my article on “The Peaks of Parenting.”) The challenges are great.  To put it simply, being a parent takes time and energy on […]

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