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59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot We all get used to what we have very quickly 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 Thanks to our capacity to adapt to ever greater fame and fortune, yesterday s luxuries can soon become today s Necessities and tomorrow s relics If money cannot buy happiness, what is the best way of putting a long term smile on your face Consist of 10 chapters, my favourite point would be t We all get used to what we have very quickly 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 Thanks to our capacity to adapt to ever greater fame and fortune, yesterday s luxuries can soon become today s Necessities and tomorrow s relics If money cannot buy happiness, what is the best way of putting a long term smile on your face Consist of 10 chapters, my favourite point would be the first one which is Happiness Why positive thinking often fails, how the real route to happiness involves a pencil, keeping the perfect diary, small acts of kindness and developing the gratitude attitude.In this particular chapter, I like to quote a passage that is very relatable to me Happiness makes peoplesociable and altruistic, it increases how much they like themselves and others, it improves their ability to resolve conflict and it strengthens their immune systems Right after reading the first chapter, I ve made the point into my youtube content Biblio Mom about the act of hoarding books In that video, I mentioned that our happiness is fabricated by consuming things and it is temporary That feeling always ended up being washed away.Its a good read for personal and general growth According to the title, Think a little, change a lot , it tells us to get things done rather than just thinking about them all the time Because actions should speaks louder than words and thoughts.As Malay s saying Angan angan Mat Jenin that mean someoe that has dreams but only live in his dreams without even trying to achieve them So pick up an insightfull books, read them, and ACT Professor Richard Wiseman has long been dubious about the self help industry, feeling that many of the popular books promoting techniques for personal change have at best no evidence to support them and at worst can actually make you to feel bad about yourself when following their instructions fails to produce the promised results Over lunch with a friend who had just bought one of these kinds of books, he got to thinking about what the research actually says are effective ways to create person Professor Richard Wiseman has long been dubious about the self help industry, feeling that many of the popular books promoting techniques for personal change have at best no evidence to support them and at worst can actually make you to feel bad about yourself when following their instructions fails to produce the promised results Over lunch with a friend who had just bought one of these kinds of books, he got to thinking about what the research actually says are effective ways to create personal change in a short period of time 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 Each section begins with a discussion of the relevant research into the subject at hand and ends with practical suggestions for how to make use of the findings to improve your own life.Though each section is well grounded in some very interesting psychological and sociological research, not all of it is necessarily cutting edge In fact, the book got off to a bit of a slow start for me as I had already read about many of the studies in the opening chapter in other books As I got further into it, however, I learned quite a few things I didn t know and came to appreciate Wiseman s odd sense of humor So if you are looking to find out what science says is the best way to thinkcreatively, encourage your children, get your lost wallet returned, make a good decision or find out which sport is the most likely to make you attractive to the opposite sex hint it s not golf you ll find a lot of value in this book I liked it.Speaking as a former cognitive psychologist, I take issue with the interpretation of some of the results But speaking as a former cognitive psychologist, this is the best self help book I ve read in a long, long time and I ve read a lot of em The suggestions here are backed by research, and are very easy to implement I might make a goal of focusing on one a month until I become so happy I m insufferable. Why are all of the really cool people in the world British Richard Wiseman knocks my socks off every time he publishes If you re going to read his work, though, I have a couple of caveats for you 1 His work is non fiction, of the sort that quotes a LOT of numbers and makes both macro and micro adjustments in viewpoint, sometimes within the same paragraph If you don t read heavy duty nonfiction well, this is the wrong author for you.2 He uses his own work as a BASIS for his books He uses o Why are all of the really cool people in the world British Richard Wiseman knocks my socks off every time he publishes If you re going to read his work, though, I have a couple of caveats for you 1 His work is non fiction, of the sort that quotes a LOT of numbers and makes both macro and micro adjustments in viewpoint, sometimes within the same paragraph If you don t read heavy duty nonfiction well, this is the wrong author for you.2 He uses his own work as a BASIS for his books He uses other people s work sometimes fifteen or twenty examples of other people s work to back up the results his work shows Does this mean his work is useless, or that he shouldn t write a book until he can FILL a book Heck no 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 Everything in the book takes less than a minute to do The first section of the book even goes so far as to disprove in several different ways all the bunk published in self help books Interspersed with the life changing stuff are tidbits about human behavior, which is the part I find fascinating For example, did you know that trying to forget something an argument, a phone number, anything actually makes your brain try to reset itself by going over and over the item you re trying to forget You re better off spending ONE MINUTE writing down your problem resetting your brain , then ONE MINUTE making a list of several specific things for which you are grateful Doing these two exercises not only improves your mood for three months , it improves your general outlook about life Like Wiseman s other book, Quirkology, I recommend this book for anyone who wonders why people do what they do It is another self help book telling you why all other self help books seem to have got it wrong while he is just so smart and got it all right, and in 59 seconds You can t beat that It is the quick fix book in 59 seconds He even criticized visualization when it is proven to be working medically Just go to google and type cancer visualization and you will be grateful for the power of visualization Not everything have to be really philosophized some things we just take in simplicity and It is another self help book telling you why all other self help books seem to have got it wrong while he is just so smart and got it all right, and in 59 seconds You can t beat that It is the quick fix book in 59 seconds He even criticized visualization when it is proven to be working medically Just go to google and type cancer visualization and you will be grateful for the power of visualization Not everything have to be really philosophized some things we just take in simplicity and they work magic Finished 59 Seconds Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman 3 5.Books in the self help genre tend to promise quick fixes grounded in little evidence and, not uncommonly, contradicting actual evidence Psychological literature sometimes has validated advice, but much of it, not surprisingly, requires a large investment of time and effort Wiseman wanted to share the scientifically validated but easy to apply tips that people could use to improve their lives.The number of quick tips w Finished 59 Seconds Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman 3 5.Books in the self help genre tend to promise quick fixes grounded in little evidence and, not uncommonly, contradicting actual evidence Psychological literature sometimes has validated advice, but much of it, not surprisingly, requires a large investment of time and effort Wiseman wanted to share the scientifically validated but easy to apply tips that people could use to improve their lives.The number of quick tips which have evidence behind them are few and lack the miraculous impact self help books promise In this single volume, Wiseman covers many of the stable topic of self help happiness, persuasion, motivation, creativity, attraction, stress, relationships, decision making, parenting, and personality It works out to only about 30 pages per topic compare that to the shelves of self help books on each topic You can read the book if you wantbackground, but here s a taste 1 Listing things you are grateful for or things that have gone well increases happiness Acts of kindness, even small ones, increase happiness Donate, give blood, buy a surprise gift Placing a mirror in front of people when they are choosing food reduces consumption of unhealthy food Plants in the office seem to boost creativity Possibly by reducing stress and improving moods Write about your deepest feelings about your relationships to increase the odds of the relationship lasting Writing tends to remind people of all the good things about the relationship People lie less over recorded communication media like email When speaking, liars tend to have less detail, useummms and aaahs, and use less self reference words I, me, my Praise a child s effort, not their ability Visualize yourself working through the process of achieving your goal rather than the actual success Visualization from a third person perspective seems to beeffective.Some criticisms The first is specific to the quality of this as an audio book Many of the In 59 seconds summaries at the end of each chapter involve forms or checklists These make for tedious listening, and it s not very useful to just have them in audio It would have been nice for the audio book to come with supplementary material for all of these forms.I don t know if it s the author or the research community, but the chapters on relationships and attraction seem to exude a subtle sexism Almost all of the tips and studies mentioned describe men as active agents and woman as passive agents This active passive division was not the conclusion of some study and, therefore, worth considering even if I don t like the result Rather, they were baked into the setup of the studies For example, a couple of studies focused on how various factors such as a man s confidence or a woman s breast size affected behavior in a night club results were not surprising In each of these studies, regardless of what was being varied, the researchers decided to use a setup where men were always the approachers and woman the approached This was, to put it mildly, annoying.Finally, this is a book that you should read for its content, not the quality of its writing It s not bad, but it can be formulaic.Since I tend to prefer books categorized as psychology over those categorized as self help , many of these tips were not new to me However, if you want a concise look at the science of improving your life, this book fulfills that goal 1 DearAudible, when I buy the audio version of a book, it would be really nice if I were allowed full text capabilities on theSearch Inside version when it exists Pretty please I m giving this 5 stars because a this book reveals fascinating insight about, research into and strategies to cultivate happiness, bepersuasive, have lasting relationships, be a better parent, andb it is VERY well researched and referenced, with many pathways to choose afterward for reading in areas of continued interestc it is extremely relevant to any and every human being on the planet Basically, if you are a human, you can benefit from this book.d it is organized in a way t I m giving this 5 stars because a this book reveals fascinating insight about, research into and strategies to cultivate happiness, bepersuasive, have lasting relationships, be a better parent, andb it is VERY well researched and referenced, with many pathways to choose afterward for reading in areas of continued interestc it is extremely relevant to any and every human being on the planet Basically, if you are a human, you can benefit from this book.d it is organized in a way that you can use, meaning it s very practical and has tips that can change your life pretty much starting now.I would like to give it 4.5 stars rather than 5 because a a small handful of the research has gender, sexual orientation, and cultural Western cultural bias all of which the author acknowledges but he doesn t offer much in terms of alternative ways of approaching the areas where research is lackingb a couple of the sections namely persuasion and relationships lack an approach from a woman s point of view For example, Wiseman seemed to be focusedon How can a man persuade a woman to go out with him and How can a woman get a man to stay in a relationship rather than How can people be happy in a relationship Even if the research focused only on hetero couples, that would be okay by me if clarified and acknowledged , but in this section, the scales seemed heavily tipped toward what men can do to get women, and what women can do to keep men That the author chose to perpetuate this stereotype rubbed me the wrong way, but it s such a small section of the book that I ve decided it s not worth NOT reading just because of this Rather, it s just something to be aware of as a reader.but 4.5 stars isn t an option and I m giving Wiseman the benefit of the doubt I can safely say that this is the kind of book that I will keep at hand all the time Similar to Growth Mindset, it s a book I will approach and re visit when I need a reminder about what to consider when applying for a new job, playing with a baby, or leading a team discussion at work The book s title is based on a conversation the author had with a friend about the abundance of pop psychology self help myths out there and how many of them, despite being popular and well known, are utterly wrong and not backed by research of any kind His friend, a busy lawyer, told him that as much as she wanted to use real research based things that work for her own self growth, she really only had a minute each day to learn about them and make changes in her life Wiseman took that as a challenge, and he has, in my opinion, done an excellent job Each section has a list of tips and techniques at the back, that anyone even the busiest of the busy can do In 59 Seconds I ve bookmarked them all and have already started with some of them Short, sweet, to the point, and incredibly useful.This book is worth your time Many people are attracted to self improvement and self development, but don t have a lot of time to devote to elaborate and time consuming techniques This book is about how to change in 59 seconds with psychologically proven quick and dirty strategies that won t take a lot of time to implement Wiseman deals with almost everything under the sun found in the self help section from improving goal setting, through getting better at lateral thinking to good selling and dating techniques And, he Many people are attracted to self improvement and self development, but don t have a lot of time to devote to elaborate and time consuming techniques This book is about how to change in 59 seconds with psychologically proven quick and dirty strategies that won t take a lot of time to implement Wiseman deals with almost everything under the sun found in the self help section from improving goal setting, through getting better at lateral thinking to good selling and dating techniques And, he promises they are all based on the solid scientific research.Here are the highlights of what interested me Techniques that work Write things out both when you re unhappy and when you re happy If you want to be happier, write what you are thankful for for a few minutes every day Write if you want to change set your goals and keep a journal Go for experiences and share them with many others but not for possessionsUnless they are books, of courseGive and help people and ask them to help you If you re prone to losing wallets, put a picture of a smiling baby behind the plastic cover 35% of those wallets were returned beating the wallets with a happy family, a puppy 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 withmoney Gossiping about others in a funny psychological paradox people will assign the traits you re criticizing to you, so say positive things about other people I ve read a lot of pop psychology books, but this one is quite different from the rest Each chapter of this book takes a topic and describes various scientific psychology experiments that have direct bearing on the topic Many of the experiments came to non intuitive conclusions about human behavior Then, the book shows how you, the reader, can take advantage of these conclusions in your everyday life Scattered throughout the book are short psychological questionnaires that help focus the app I ve read a lot of pop psychology books, but this one is quite different from the rest Each chapter of this book takes a topic and describes various scientific psychology experiments that have direct bearing on the topic Many of the experiments came to non intuitive conclusions about human behavior Then, the book shows how you, the reader, can take advantage of these conclusions in your everyday life Scattered throughout the book are short psychological questionnaires that help focus the approach on your individual personality.So many myths about human behavior are turned upside down in this book The myth that brainstorming with a group of people will come up with better ideas is exploded If you want a first date to be successful, take your date to some activity that will get your excitement levels up, that will elevate your heart rates Praise a child for the effort that he she showed in some endeavor, rather than praising the child for being smart or fast If you want a big favor from someone, first ask them for a small, insignificant favor It is difficult if not impossible to detect a liar by his facial expressions, eye contact, fidgety behavior or tone of voice The best giveaway is actually his choice of words.This is a truly entertaining book It successfully melds scientific research with advice on handling situations Highly recommended A psychologist and best selling author gives us a myth busting response to the self help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific communityRichard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity the opposite of everything it promises Now, inSeconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming decisive, imaginative, engaged, and altogether happyFrom mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of rapid change and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life Or, as he likes to say Think a little, change a lot From the Hardcover edition


About the Author: Richard Wiseman

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as a professional magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle He then obtained a degree in psychology from University College London and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.Richard currently holds Britain s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he has gained an international reputation for research into psychology of luck, self help, persuasion, and illusion He has published over 50 papers in leading peer reviewed academic journals including Nature and Psychological Bulletin , and his work has been cited in over 20 introductory textbooks.A passionate advocate for science, his best selling books have been translated into over 30 languages and he has presented keynote addresses at several organisations, including Microsoft, The Royal Society, Caltech, and Google.Richard is the most followed British psychologist on Twitter, and has created viral videos that have received over 40 million views Over 2 million people have taken part in his mass participation experiments and he has acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, CBS s The Mentalist, and Heston Blumenthal, Nick Cave, and the West End play Ghost Stories.Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, and a Fellow of the Rationalist Association He is one of the most frequently quoted psychologists in the British media and was recently listed in the Independent On Sunday s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.He likes sushi, is fond of dogs, and finds Arrested Development very funny.


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