59 Seconds

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For years gurus, coaches and motivational speakers have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave. Research has revealed that many of their techniques are ineffective. Visualisation exercises often hinder rather than help and group brainstorming produces fewer, and less original, ideas than individuals working alone.

Richard Wiseman both explodes the myths of existing self-development techniques, and demonstrates that personal and professional success may be ess than a minute away ...

How you can become 10% more creative by just lying down; how placing a pencil in your mouth instantly makes you feel significantly happier; how merely thinking about the gym helps keep you in shape.

The novel 's ten chapters cover Happiness, Creativity, Attraction, Stress, Motivation, Persuasion, Relationships, Decision-Making, Parenting, Personality.'
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Published September 1st 2009 by Pan (first published July 3rd 2009
Original Title of the Book
59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
Isbn 13
9781743034477
Number of Pages
256

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35% of those wallets were returned beating the wallets with a happy family, a skinn and an elderly couple respectively.Techniques that don ’ t work: • Visualization may backfire since we may get frustrated with a huge discrepancy of the ideal we want to attain and the reality • Positive thinking- does not lead to solving problems• Trying not to think about something ( As Dostoyevski observed in Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, ‘ Try to pose yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you ’ ll see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute) • More money- people whose life basic needs are covered, don ’ t get happier with more money.

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Each chapter of this ook takes a topic and describes various scientific psychology experiments that have direct bearing on the subject.

Hundreds of the experiments came to non-intuitive conclusions about human behavior.

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This book attempts to bring together the best of that research in a way that 's actually useful for laypeople.The topics covered include happiness, persuasion, motivation, creativity, attraction, stress, relationships, decision making, parenting and personality.

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Maybe you just want to be happy, you poor, sad little person.These are the inds of problems that have spawned an entire industry of books- the Self Help genre.

There are other books that tell you how you can make yourself better through positive thinking, creative visualization, listening to Mozart or joining up with groups.

They 'll cite ancient wisdom or have countless testimonials from people who have tried their methods, and almost all of them have one thing in common: they do n't work.The self-help genre rests on a foundation of common sense ideas, things that sound like they should work, rather than an understanding of how the human mind actually does work.

If one pops up, just push it away and focus on the positive.Quick experiment: I want you, for the next minute, to not- I repeat not- think of a pink hippopotamus.

You then end up obsessing over the thing you 're trying not to think of, which is what you were trying to avoid in the irst place! It 's an idea that sounds like it should work, but it does n't, and that 's what Wiseman has collected in this books.

Wiseman combed through the literature, looking at scientific studies on human psychology and behavior to try and find simple, clear and effective ways of making your life better.

The bonus is that severa of these things can be done in under a minute.Some of the hings he presents are so simple that you do n't want to believe they 'd work.

It feels your heart pounding, your blood rushing, your adrenaline flowing, and it thinks, " Huh. I guess I must really like this person. " So, once you get off that ride, you have a little window of opportunity to increase the attraction you have for each other.Now let 's say you 're worrie about something.

When questioned later, the second group turned out to be much less angry than the second, and to be more likely to forgive the person who had hurt them.Okay, one more- you want to be creative, right?

Again, research has shown that people tend to work less hard in groups than they do on their own.

Being in a group makes you lazier, so if you want to get good ideas from a whole bunch of people, have them work alone first.

You 'll get more and better ideas that way.

As for focusing on the problem at hand, other studies have shown that the best thing to do is to distract yourself with something totally unrelated so that your unconscious mind can get some work done.

Work on a puzzle, draw a picture, think of a hundred ways to use a brick- anything but the problem you 're trying to solve.

Then, when you come back to the dilemma, you 're more likely to generate better ideas.As for the Mozart, it turns out that listening to Mozart does make you slightly more creative and intelligent ....

Everything Wiseman puts in this novel is a mall thing, a little effort, but when put together they add up.Even if you do n't really need a lot of alteration to your life- maybe you 're as happy as happy can be- it 's still a fascinating look into how our mids work, and the various thing that they can be hacked. ( Good work!

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Buying a new car or bigger house provides a short-term feel-good boost, but we quickly become accustomed to it and sink back to our pre-purchase level of joy.

Right after reading the nex chapter, I 've made the point into my youtube content ( Biblio Mom) about the act of hoarding books.

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He uses his own work as a BASIS for his boo.

Does this mean his work is unnecessar, or that he should n't write a book until he can FILL a book?

It means that he 's showing you that not only are his results valid, he can show you ten other studies that support the validity.59 seconds is cool, in that it focuses on research-proven ways that you can change your life, starting with your basic attitude ( positive or negative).

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