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59 Seconds by Professor Richard Wiseman
Synopsis - 59 seconds, lays out some handy tips and insights backed by scientific research. Apply them today, and experience the change you want in your life.
Who wrote the book?
Described by one of Scientific American’s columnists as “the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today,” psychologist and professor Richard Wiseman has given keynotes for the likes of Amazon and Google, and has written several bestselling books, including The Luck Factor and Quirkology.
I read 59 Seconds, in less than 15 mins and these are some of the key pieces of information I took away.
If you want to be seen positively, simply say positive things about others
Those who reached their goals were the ones who had a plan.
The best way to plan is to break down your goals into subgoals, and create a step-by-step process.
Another effective approach to accomplish your goals is to tell them to your friends and family. Psychologists have long known that people are more likely to follow through with their plans and promises when they’re public – so get them out there!
Our environment shapes our mind, which in turn influences our reactions
Another quick way to foster creativity is to add plants and flowers to your surroundings. These reduce stress and induce good moods, thereby enhancing your creativity.
Write your own eulogy. To help identify your long-term goals and progress toward making them happen, try an exercise where you write your own eulogy. Scientists believe that thinking about how you would like to be remembered after your death can reveal your true life-goals.