Based on the latest research and cutting-edge insights from psychology, neuroscience and medicine, this course distills it all into practical lessons and tools to build your self-control.
Use self-control to improve your health, happiness and productivity
Willpower is a skill, not an innate virtue. This course will teach you how to build it
Self-control affects your life almost constantly. Whether it's going for a run after work, writing another job application or resisting the temptation of watching another episode Big Bang Theory. All of these decisions depend on your self-control.
When it comes to success, self-control is more important than intelligence. It's more important than the education you got or how ambitious you are. Research shows that your willpower affects your income, how successful your career is and how healthy you are – both physically and mentally.
This course will teach you to learn and apply the insights psychologists and neuroscientists have had over the last decades. And it will take you on a journey towards understanding and mastering willpower. To maximize your success, health and happiness.
One more thing: You have a totally unconditional money back guarantee. It allows you to study the course for 30 days and if you are in any way unhappy with it, you will get a full refund, no questions asked! Enrolling in the course is absolutely risk free.
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Focus on one self-control challenge throughout the course.
Self-control is the ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.
Research show that self-control is a key aspect in human behavior. People with higher levels of self-control:
More than 40 years ago, the psychologist Walter Mischel had a pioneering idea: He wanted to study self-control in the laboratory.
His findings are our first stop in this course on self-control.
One idea is that willpower is two different brain systems. The cool system is cognitive in nature. It's our thinking system, incorporating knowledge about sensations, feelings, actions and goals. While the cool system is reflective, the hot system is impulsive and emotional. The hot system is responsible for quick, reflexive responses to certain triggers.
The first and most important ingredient to shift from hot to cool system is self-awareness.If you're not aware that something's challenging your self-control, the hot system will automatically take over.
Understanding the obstacles, your usual points of willpower failure, is an important step towards more self-awareness and control.
Back in 1996, Roy Baumeister conducted an experiment that involved chocolate chip cookies. Based on his findings, he developed a new theory that revolutionized our understanding of self-control.
When psychologists examined the factors that impact whether or not a judge approves a criminal for parole, they found out something interesting. Self-control is like an energy reservoir.
This video is about the energy model of self-control.
Whichever area you chose to focus on during this course, you'll find that every day you have to make decisions with regards to it.
Manuel Kraus is the founder of Pocketcoach, a therapy chatbot to support people with anxiety, and Good Life Foundation, an organization seeking to empower individuals and communities across the world to live happy and fulfilled lives by teaching positive psychology. He is also an expert in the field and one of only a few people in the world holding a master's degree in applied positive psychology. His main research interest focuses on the experience of meaning in life.
He teaches positive psychology in workshops and seminars, and is the author of a series of online courses covering topics ranging from building positive emotions and self-esteem to changing mindsets and overcoming tough times.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of life flourishing and optimal human functioning. It asks questions like these: What do very happy people do differently? How do the most successful people think and act?What makes some married couples stay together happily for many decades while others break up within months or years? And why are some people able to bounce back from failures while others succumb to them?
Happiness is not the absence of sadness and anger, and eliminating weaknesses does not mean we are really good at something. Many, many experiments, case studies, analyses and other forms of rigorous research have been conducted to provide insights into what makes our lives good and how we manage to live happily and successfully. Unfortunately, this science is not yet accessible to many people. That is why Manuel is committed to teach these findings and applications. His goal is to help create the foundations for everyone to live a good life by making positive psychology research accessible to everybody.
'I believe that the scientific study of what makes our lives most worth living can help people transform their lives. That is why I teach about topics like personal growth, building fulfilling relationships, goal-setting, mindfulness, self-esteem and realizing strengths. My personal mission is to make positive psychology research accessible to everybody, and thereby creating the foundations for people to live a good life and help build a better world.'