(Post share from the IRATAD Blog)
Many times individuals who struggle with addiction have attempted to quit many times and have spent much of their energy criticizing themselves for not being “strong enough” or “disciplined enough”. This is a very unhealthy loop and can lead to hopelessness, despair, and shame. I recently read the book entitled “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor. Shawn Achor is a positive psychologist and his goal in life is to help people learn to be more positive and happy and in turn become more productive in their lives. One of the priciples he discusses is willpower and why in the face of great desire to change it is not enough to actually help us change.