Changing your life doesn't have to take years of therapy, according to Richard Wiseman in "59 Seconds Think A Little, Change A Lot. At last here is a self-help book that actually comes from scientific-research and real proof. Read on for the most interesting bits.

Why is the book 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman a different kind of self-help book? It's because Richard Wiseman has actually looked into real self-help techniques that have actually been tried out to see if they work or not. For example, you are often told in a million self help books to 'visualize your goal' e.g. you in your perfect body, or in your dream job. Actual research shows that these type of mental exercise don't work and may even be worse for you as they make you feel guilty and depressed about not reaching them.

Wiseman also reveals that some famous 'studies' frequently mentioned in self-help books are actually urban myths that never occured.

He also says that changing yourself can happen straightaway, you don't always need to spend hours in therapy or practising. Did you know, for example, that just by placing a mirror in your kitchen can result in a 32 percent reduction in unhealthy eating choices. If you see your own reflection in the mirror, you are more aware of how your body looks and you are more likely to pick food that is good for you. That's an instant change right there that will help you lose weight.

That's a great example of the practical tips this book has to change many aspects of your life from parenting skills, motivation, weight loss, becoming happier, having better relationships, doing better in your career and achieving your goals.



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Persuasion **highly recommend**

How to give the perfect job interview, and how to persuade anyone about anything.


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Ten life-changing techniques in 59 seconds


Want to give the perfect job interview? Studies from the University of Washington and the University of Florida looked at the key techniques that significantly improved your chances of being offered a job after a job interview. And it doesn't depend on qualifications, awards, your resume or work experience.

Firstly, candidates who had spent time chatting about topics that may not be related to the job, but they were of interest to the interviewer worked well. It was also important to maintain good eye contact, smile and say something positive about the company. Likeability was key.

You might think that using fancy language can make you sound smarter, right? Think again. A study by Daniel Oppenhiemer showed that people think you are brighter if you simplify your language and use a font or handwriting that is easy to read.

Don't be too perfect! Elliot Aronson and his colleagues at the University of California discovered that making a few mistakes actually increases your popularity. If you make a couple of bumbles here and there, people are more sympathetic towards you and tend to remember and like you more as you come across more human.

Psychologist Gregory Razran discovered that people are more likely to have a good feeling about people, statements or products if they were introduced to them while eating. It's thought that eating puts people in a happy mood. So if you want to persuade someone, try getting them to do it over a nice snack or even a simple cup of coffee.

Touching someone lithgly on the upper arm, even just for second or two can have a significant effect on how much help they can then provide if you ask them.

If you're speed dating, open with a funny, thought-provoking question like 'if you were a pizza topping, what would you be"?. These types of lines are successful because at something like speed-dating event, people are tired of the same old quesitons and it also gives people a chance to talk about themselves in an open but unusual and creative way. It will give them a sense of closeness to you and that can turn into attraction.

Putting a plant in your office can result in an incredible 15 percent boost in the number of creative ideas reported by male employees. Plants help reduce stress and can create a good mood ~ these factors improve creativity. You'll have to read the book to find out why it works for males and not so much for females, but how females will benefit anyway.


I hope these briliant insights and easy-to-apply tips will show you the power of the book, 59 Seconds. I would give it a 4.5 star rating out of 5. The reason I don't give it a 5 out of 5 is because it's such a short book. I know it's short because Wiseman wants the book to be an easy read, but it also means that some areas and explanations are a little too concise for you to really take it in. I guess if you want to go a little deeper, he does give the details at the back of all the research tests and reference materials. But I would say that even if you're not a big reader, just the last chapter with 'ten techniques in 59 seconds' could be almost worth the value of the book alone.

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Happy reading!

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