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Book Review – 10 Ways to Change Your Life in 59 seconds.



You can change your life in 59 seconds by dropping your pet frog into conversation or keeping a picture of a baby in your wallet, according to a new science-based book by popular psychologist Richard Wiseman.

The ex-magician, who has a PhD in the psychology of deception, argues that tiny alterations to our day-to-day lives can make a huge difference to our overall happiness.

His new self-help book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little. Change a Lot, distils evidence from empirical studies in a variety of scientific journals into small nuggets of apparently life-changing advice.

The book includes chapters on work, relationships, attraction, decision-making and stress, and has been endorsed by Channel 4 illusionist Derren Brown as “a triumph of scientifically-proven advice over misleading myths of self-help”.

Mr Wiseman believes the science-based advice offered by his book is more objective than that of many others in the self-help genre.

“Some self-help books are simply practitioner-led” he told The Times. “A practitioner tells you ‘I think it would be good if you did this or that’ and if there’s evidence to back it up that’s fine, but other times they’re just saying it off the tops of their heads.”

The book suggests that the best way to avoid infidelity is to keep a picture of your partner in your wallet, while you can ensure that wallet is returned when lost if you display a photograph of a “cute” baby prominently inside.

The best way to get what you want is to lighten up a conversation by mentioning your pet frog, and you can ward off potential liars by closing your eyes and asking them to put their comments in email.

Other tips include:

– Next time you attend an important meeting, obtain a quick and easy psychological advantage by sitting in the middle of the group.

– On a date, start lukewarm and then become more positive later; focus on things that you both dislike, and mimic your date’s body language.

– To provide a significant boost to your happiness, force your face into a smile and hold the expression for 20 seconds.

– The best way of getting someone to like you is not to do them a favour, but rather to get them to do you a small favour.

– To reduce your drinking and eating, stick to tall narrow glasses, place a mirror in your kitchen and keep a food diary.

– Buy experiences not goods. Go to a concert, movie, unusual place or strange restaurant: anything that provides an opportunity to do things with others or tell people about it afterwards.

– Help to achieve your goals by telling them to friends, family and colleagues.

– To help keep your relationship alive, remember to balance each negative comment with five positive ones.

– When going for a job, give your credibility a boost by mentioning any obvious weaknesses towards the start of the interview.

– Pursue ‘intentional’ change by starting a new hobby, joining an organisation, learning a skill, initiating a project or meeting new people.


By Heidi Blake / Source: The Telegraph


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We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.



We all live by “social clocks” — we gauge our lives by all sorts of beliefs that there is a “right age” for this or that attitude, this or that behaviour. We often adjust our own clock — social and biological — to sync with those around us, becoming older or younger in the process. But mindsets are not fate. Just as social cues can make us feel old, other social cues can make us feel and act young. You might be sixty, but fail to understand that you have a girl of the same age (below) in your DNA that is waiting for you to unlock her and allow her to come out and play.




We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw


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THE EAGLE – This is Amazing….











When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds…


An amazing tidbit about the Eagle’s eyesight: The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. That means that an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.



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People are oblivious to the truth. – Psychological Judo to Cure Your Relationship Mistakes.


Have you ever tried to change someone’s behaviour? I’m quite certain you have!

When you tried to get someone to do something different, how did it go? What did you say? What did you do? How did the person react?

I’m guessing it didn’t go so well. Firstly, the person probably didn’t change. Secondly, things probably got worse as the person became angry, silent, or defensive towards you.

You not only tried to assert yourself and persuade the person to your way of thinking, but you probably pushed them further away from where you want them to be.

It’s frustrating, isn’t it? The most common communication barrier people use in this situation is giving advice.

They try to send a solution to help the person. They think they’re doing the person a favor by giving advice, but all they’re really doing is making the person feel frustrated for having received the solution.

We hate receiving solutions from people because of four reasons:

1) We lose control. The other person takes the reigns in our life as they control what we should be doing. No one likes being controlled because it impedes on their freedom. It is a fundamental human need to be in control of one’s life.

Some psychologists actually say the more a person is in control of his or her life, the more happy he or she is. Powerful people lead others without controlling so they have freedom to make their own choices.

Give people control. Lead. Stop pulling people behind you. Begin leading by doing. You’ll be surprised at who follows.


2) Creates inferiority. A side-effect of having control over someone is the feelings of inferiority in the advised person. When we lose control of ourselves, we feel like a lesser person. We seek to feel important, but solutions and advice prevent people from fulfilling this important need.

3) The problem is not that obvious. Humans are complex creatures. Even our simple processes are complex. Giving solutions to someone sub-communicates that your solution to their problem is so obvious that they are stupid, incompetent, and inferior.

Aeschylus, an ancient Greek playwright in 500 BC, said: “It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.”

When you are tempted to send a solution to someone, you must acknowledge to yourself that you don’t know the whole story. Even when you think you know the truth, you probably only know one side of the story. Why?

This leads us onto the fourth reason people hate receiving solutions from others.

4) People are oblivious to the truth. Human behaviour, and everything we experience, is like an iceberg.

An iceberg’s visible tip is 10% of the entire iceberg because the ice’s density is less than the sea water’s density. The remaining 90% of the iceberg is below the water’s surface, not visible to the common eye. How the 90% of the iceberg is shaped cannot be determined by looking at the iceberg’s tip.

We are icebergs. Everything we do is icebergs. This can be a double-edged sword.

On one side, most people never concern themselves with understanding the 90% of a person or story that remains hidden to nearly everyone. They prefer to focus on themselves, stick with what they know, and never seek to fully understand people.

On the other side is tremendous potential to connect with people in a way they’ve never connected with someone before.






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10 interesting facts about the human brain.



Interesting Facts About the Brain


Our brain is amazing. All scientific and technological achievements of human civilization come from the brain.


To better appreciate the magic of the brain, here are top 10 interesting facts about the human brain:


1. Your brain is the most energy-consuming part of your body. The brain represents only 2% of the body weight, but it uses up to 20 percent of the body’s energy production. The energy is used for cell-health maintenance and to fuel electrical impulses that neurons employ to communicate with one another.


2. Your brain contains about 100 billion neurons which is about 16 times the number of people on Earth. Each of them links to as many as 10,000 other neurons. This huge number of connections opens the way to massive parallel processing within the brain.


 3. The neocortex (a section of the brain involved with language and consciousness) accounts for about 76% of the mass of the human brain. Human neocortex is much larger than any animals. It gives humans unique mental capacities although its brain architecture is similar to that of more primitive species.


4. Humans do not use only 10% or less of their brain. This is a common misconception. Even though many mysteries of brain function persist, every part of the brain has a known function.


5. Neurons multiply at a rate 250,000 neurons per minute during early pregnancy.


6. 750ml of blood pumps through your brain every minute which is 15-20% of blood flow from the heart.


7. The human brain is about 75% water.


8. Your brain consumes 25 watts of power while you’re awake. This amount of energy is enough to illuminate a lightbulb.


9. It is estimated that the human brain has a raw computational power between 1013 and 1016 operations per second. It is far more that 1 million times the number of people on Earth.







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