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My #1 rule: no desk. I just can’t think or do good work at a desk, and every desk I’ve had becomes a storage space for piles of scientific papers.

Kelly McGonigal

I don't have any willpower, but my sister has lots of willpower. Or Olympian athletes, they must have tons of willpower.

Kelly McGonigal

Once you appreciate that going through stress makes you better at it, it can be easier to face each new challenge.

Kelly McGonigal

Stress isn’t always harmful.

Kelly McGonigal

I define willpower as the ability to do what matters most, even when it’s difficult or when some part of you doesn’t want to.

Kelly McGonigal

One reason that how you think about stress matters is because it changes how you respond to stress.

Kelly McGonigal

I think it depends on how you go about making your New Year’s resolution. Typically, when people are making a New Year’s resolution, they don’t start with the right questions, so they end up making a resolution that is ineffective.

Kelly McGonigal

The body is so linked to the mind. I would say the body is constantly leading a conversation with the mind.

Amy Cuddy

(Self-affirmation is) a way of grounding ourselves in the truth of our own stories. It makes us feel less dependent on the approval of others and even comfortable with their disapproval, if that's what we get.

Amy Cuddy

I now refer to this general phenomenon as the “postural feedback effect,” but if I am choosing just one effect – one outcome — the key finding is simple: adopting expansive postures causes people to feel more powerful.

Amy Cuddy

In the four and a half years since I gave my TED talk, research on the feedback effects of adopting powerful (i.e., expansive) versus powerless (i.e., contractive) postures — otherwise known as “power posing” — has accumulated.

Amy Cuddy

I wanted to better connect with all the people who were reaching out to me, to give them more context and more things they can use. 

Amy Cuddy

Slow down and take pauses

Amy Cuddy

I've been studying sexism for 15 years, and it's much easier to document the existence of sexism than it is to document the existence of interventions that reduce it.

Amy Cuddy

What I see happening with particularly shy people in interviews is that they really rush through their answers. They're afraid to ask questions. They certainly don't pause. They truncate their answers.

Amy Cuddy

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