February 22, 2019

Here are 10 Profound & Insightful Quotes From Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Kelly McGonigal.

I hope you will find these quotes inspiring and insightful.

Kelly McGonigal

"Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"Self-awareness: the ability to realize what we are doing as we do it, and understand why we are doing it.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"When you try to push a thought away, and it keeps coming back to your mind, you are more likely to assume that it must be true.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"A short practice that you do every day is better than a long practice you keep putting off to tomorrow.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"People come up with resolutions that don’t reflect what matters most to them, and that makes them almost guaranteed to fail." 

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"We think about your future selves like different people. We often idealize them, expecting our future selves to do what our present selves cannot change.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"We need to separate the real rewards that give our lives meaning from the false rewards that keep us distracted and addicted. Learning to make this distinction may be the best we can do.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"Research shows that people who think they have the most willpower are actually the most likely to lose control when tempted. For example, smokers who are the most optimistic about their ability to resist temptation are the most likely to relapse four months later, and overoptimistic dieters are the least likely to lose weight. Why? They fail to predict when, where, and why they will give in. They expose themselves to more temptation.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"The willingness to think what you think and feel what you feel—without necessarily believing that it is true, and without feeling compelled to act on it—is an effective strategy for treating anxiety, depression, food cravings, and addiction. As we consider the evidence for each, we’ll see that giving up control of our inner experiences gives us greater control over our outer actions.

- Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

"This research doesn’t suggest that the most helpful mindset is a Pollyanish insistence on turning everything bad into something good. Rather, it’s the ability to notice the good as you cope with things that are difficult. In fact, being able to see *both* the good and the bad is associated with better long-term outcomes than focusing purely on the upside.

- Kelly McGonigal

Bonus: Enjoy Kelly McGonigal's insightful video 'The Willpower Instinct.'

About Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities.

She is the author of several books, including the international bestseller “The Willpower Instinct” and her latest book “The Upside of Stress.” Her 2013 TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," is one of the Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with over 18 million views.

Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training and studies how social connection can promote health, happiness, and resilience.

Dr. McGonigal has consulted for a wide range of non-profit organizations and industries to bring evidence-based strategies for well-being into the workplace, healthcare, education, technology, and community outreach.

She also currently serves as the psychology consultant to The New York Times' Education Initiatives, helping educators around the world interpret the news and opinions of the day from the lens of psychological science.

In her free time, she is a passionate advocate for animal rescue and volunteers as an adoption counselor for Best Friends Animal Society.

​For more, visit www.kellymcgonigal.com.

Now it's your turn, what are your favorite Kelly McGonigal's quotes and why. Share them in the comments below.

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