If you prefer to read you can review the suggested reading link. Below is a small sample of resources that I believe are ideal for the beginner. I have included video lectures and animated summaries.
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength- Roy F. Baumeister, J. Tierney-video lecture
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonical & Willpower by Roy Baumesiter Book Review Mix-animated summary
The Psychology of Persuasion-Robert Cialdini-animated summary
The 48 Laws of Power-Robert Greene-animated summary
The Upside of Stress-Kelly McGonigal-video lecture
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want-Sonja Lyubomirsky-video lecture
7 Habits of Highly Effective People-Stephen Covey-animated summary