Have you ever been hungry and started eating more food than you normally would? If so, you may be a natural at this. In the book “Thrive,” New York Times best-selling author and journalist Gretchen Rubin writes that she often succumbs to temptation due to the feeling of eating too much. What’s a little extra help with your cookies? All you have to do is go to the refrigerator and eat them. Since excess, temptation and pain are related, these seemingly small substitutions, combined with regular exercise, can help you on the path to “actual happiness.” In this episode of the Thought Catalog podcast, I talk with Dr. John Ullyot, a former head of the neuroscience research lab at Brandeis University and author of How to Build a Habit: The Habits of Superhuman Geniuses.

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