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WATCH: My TED talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend”

In June 2013, I gave my “stress confession” at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. Watch the video, and check out the studies I described in the talk, below: Keller, A., Litzelman, ...

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Watch: The Willpower Instinct Book Talk

The Willpower Instinct is now available in paperback! (Dec 31, 2013) Below is one of the first talks I did to promote the book, back in January 2012. It’s still ...

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Learn: The Science of Willpower

Registration for The Science of Willpower (Jan-Mar 2014) through Stanford Continuing Studies is now open. We meet Monday evenings, 7-8:50 PM, and the course is open to the public. For ...

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A Holiday Experiment

NOTE: This experiment has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated! I look forward to another special holiday promotion next year. ***** As a reader, some of my favorite moments have been personal connections with authors. The pen pal correspondence I had with teen horror novelist Ritchie Tankersley Cusick in the 5th grade (she encouraged […]

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How I Work

Life Hacker has a great interview series called “How I Work” that asks writers, CEOS, tech geeks, artists, and other creative/productive folks to explain the how, not the what, of their work process. Dig deep into details about everything from the gadgets they use to their work spaces (photos included), their favorite music playlists, and […]

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New Year, TRUE You

Hoping to wake up as some new, ideal you in 2013? Most New Year’s resolutions are based on the assumption that who you really are is inadequate, and must be improved through self-discipline, joyless striving, and maybe a leftover Christmas miracle. I invite you to take a different approach this year, one that starts from […]

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Learn: Mindfulness of Breathing

I’m frequently asked questions about how to get started meditating, what is the best meditation for beginners, what is the best meditation for reducing stress (or training willpower, or cultivating self-compassion, or developing focus, etc.). Below is my favorite meditation for all these intentions. You can listen to (or download) a version of these instructions […]

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Watch: How to Think Like a Psychologist

My fall 2011 Stanford University course “How to Think Like a Psychologist” is now available as a series of free, downloadable videos through iTunes university. In this fun course, I invited my favorite psychology and neuroscience researchers at Stanford to talk about their work and what it means for everyday life and real-world problems. Each […]

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Choose to Change: A 6-Week Online Event

For the first time ever, I taught one of my 6-week courses live online this year. The videos from this course, along with all supportive class materials (e.g. guided practice MP3s, worksheets/homework exercises), are available for you to guide yourself through the course at your own pace. See below for all the course details, and […]

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Watch: Addicted to Your Devices?

About two years ago, some participants in my Science of Willpower course started to name “technology addiction” as their main willpower challenge. It’s only accelerated since then, as we’ve fallen more fully in love with our devices. Last week I stopped by the Toronto studios of the CBC to give advice about how to gain more […]

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Play with me! Oprah’s Thank You Game

One of my favorite projects I’ve worked on with SuperBetter Labs and my twin sister, superstar game designer Jane McGonigal, launched in May 2012: Oprah’s Thank You Game. The Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com partnered with SuperBetter Labs to create a game that spread the benefits of gratitude to millions of people across the globe. […]

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Listen: How Stanford Got a Center for Compassion

San Francisco Public Radio did a lovely 1-hr show on the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. The piece features the founder of CCARE, the scientists who are studying compassion, as well as one of my compassion cultivation courses, and stories from students in it. You can download or stream the audio […]

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The Neuroscience of Change

I’m excited to announce the release of my latest audiobook, which presents six live lectures and twelve guided self-reflection and mediation practices. The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Guide to Personal Transformation (Sounds True) integrates the most exciting scientific findings about how the mind works with the wisdom of mind-body traditions like yoga and Buddhism. […]

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Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour: Where There’s A Will

In this 1-hour webisode of the tv show “Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour“, Dr. Kirsten Sanford and Dr. Kelly McGonigal discuss the science of self-control, why and how to become a “willpower scientist” in your own life, and what the latest research says about parenting strategies, behavior change, and motivation. Watch via the link below, or […]

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Contribute: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

I love spreading the word (and the love) about my favorite non-profit organizations. So prepare to fall in love with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. One of my favorite ways to donate to Best Friends is to sponsor one of their special-needs animals that cannot be adopted out, such as Echo, a red-tailed hawk with one […]

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