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The science of giving more rather than giving up

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People often talk about “recipes for success,” and one of the core ingredients has to be willpower. Evidence suggests that traits such as self-discipline — the ability to control impulsive tendencies — are strong predictors for positive life outcomes. But what principles actually influence willpower? And what is going on in the brain when people feel motivated?

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