Start reading 59 Seconds: Think a little Change a lot on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
59 Seconds: Think a little Change a lot
 
 

59 Seconds: Think a little Change a lot [Kindle Edition]

Richard Wiseman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £4.19 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.80 (53%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £4.19  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.29  
Audio, CD, Audiobook £23.47  
Unknown Binding --  
Kindle Summer Sale: Over 500 Books from £0.99
Have you seen the Kindle Summer Sale yet? Browse selected books from popular authors and debut novelists, including new releases and bestsellers. Learn more

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Description

Review

'At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people' --Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem

'A triumph of scientifically proven advice over misleading myths of self-help. Challenging, uplifting and long overdue' --Derren Brown

`This is a self-help book, but with a difference: almost everything in it is underpinned by peer-reviewed and often fascinating research. It could actually help you be a little happier, perform better at interviews, procrastinate less, improve your relationships, reduce your stress levels and be a better parent' --New Scientist

`A fascinating read.' --Star Magazine

`Contains dozens of fascinating and useful nuggets, and they all have science on their side.' --The Independent

'Finally, a self-help book that does away with the soul-searching. No wonder the, that Richard Wiseman's collection of scientifically supported quick fixes promising long-term change has soared up the Amazon charts... This book addresses what you're thinking right now. Cognitive-behavourial ideas can repidly change the way you think.' --Sunday Times Style

'Short and sweet: a self help book that really works. It's an engrossing read and a whole lot cheaper than therapy.' --Waitrose Weekend

'Wiseman is a brilliant name for a psychologist, and this book proves he is not misnamed. All the self help tips here are backed by scientific studies, and take less than a minute to implement... contains dozens of fascinating nuggets. Is the thought of Christmas stressing you out? Then go online and spend a minute watching a video of a cute animal...' -- Independent on Sunday Paperbacks of the Year

New Scientist

`This is a self-help book, but with a difference: almost everything in it is underpinned by peer-reviewed and often fascinating research.'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 023074429X
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (7 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GUBINE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and is the author of the bestselling Quirkology and 59 Seconds. He is the psychologist most frequently quoted by the British media.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
859 of 869 people found the following review helpful
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is an easy and enjoyable book to read - the kind that you can dip in and out of, picking up interesting tips along the way. For each topic, Wiseman discusses a number of research experiments (both his own and ones done by others) and then gives a number of concrete suggestions on how you can quickly implement these findings - although 59 seconds is often a stretch. And why the title of this review? Because one of the things I learned from reading this book was the fact that if you've just had a caffeinated drink, you are far more likely to be swayed by someone else's opinion!

The book is based on the premise that quick techniques can sometimes be surprisingly effective at helping us to change and explains (based on research studies) which ones work and which don't. Some examples that I found interesting were:
- a simple five day writing exercise that can lift your mood for several weeks (essentially a more structured gratitude diary)
- how spending money on experiences is a far more effective way to make yourself happy than spending it on things
- how punching a pillow to relieve anger actually increases your anger, while sitting quietly and thinking about how you benefited (or at least learned) from the experience has the opposite effect
- conversational techniques that can build instant rapport on a first date (the trick is to use topics that create intimacy)
- exercises to stimulate the unconscious mind that lead to better decision making
- simple tests to assess your child's emotional intelligence.

Like
... Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
232 of 244 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Research And Destroy 22 July 2009
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Richard Wiseman has journeyed into the badlands of self-help books with a train of porters carrying academic research on what actually does work when it comes to fulfilling all those rather grandiose goals(losing weight, finding (or indeed fighting as I first typed) the perfect mate, or becoming hugely rich and impossibly attractive). One effect of this is that he packs a lot more advice into the book because the researchers finish off rather quickly some of the wackier (but sadly ineffective) theories that are often used to pad out self-help manuals.

The book therefore has at least two uses. Firstly, it is amusing to see what does work and why it might work (one needs to be careful in assuming the rationales have the same degree of scientific rigour). Secondly, there is some very good advice in here if you want to deal with various problems. My favourites are smiling in front of the mirror with a pencil between your teeth (increases well-being) and the starting a difficult task so you get sucked into finishing it (defeats procrastination). Something that entertains and informs, I recommend it.
Was this review helpful to you?
79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summary of what is said in the book 25 Oct 2011
By Mobi
Format:Paperback
If you don't want to buy this book, you can read this summary to get an idea of what is preached in the book.

When people can afford the necessities in life, an increase in income does not result in a significantly happier life. Part of the reasons is that we all get used to what we have very quickly.

Talking about traumatic experience does not help but writing does! This is because people tend to be more systematic solution based during writing.

You don't know what you've got till it's gone! It means you can re-create happiness by going out of the environment and entering it so that the joy of getting something first time re-appears.

Experiential purchase provides greater happiness.

If you want real retail therapy, help yourself by helping others.

In interview, likeability is more important than qualification and work experience.

Bystander effect - The more people who are around when a person is apparently in need of assistance, the lower the likelihood that any one person will actually help!

If you want maximum return for your investment (donation, act of favor etc.), ask for return favor quickly else recipient will forget it.

If you have a photo of a baby in your wallet, you are more likely to get it back if lost.

To achieve your aims and ambitions, there are four key techniques that will help you succeed: having the right kind of plan, telling your friends and family, focusing on the benefits, and rewarding yourself each step of the way.

Looking at greenery, plants etc. inspires creativity.

There is a strong link between anxiety and creativity.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. T. White TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Most would agree that Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives was a brilliant book. So, given its strength, I bought 'Did You Spot The Gorilla' and was very disappointed by what felt like a rushed out book(let! of barely a 100 pages), and a poor distant cousin of Quirkology. Thus it was with some degree of hesitation, that I recently bought :59 Seconds...

And was I happy with it? Very much so. Professor Wiseman has definitely returned with gusto! 59:seconds is a book which proves that the man who wrote Quirkology had plenty more tricks up his sleeve. Although some have unjustly criticised his straying off course at times - insofar as when he has an interesting social experiment's results to hand, he cannot help himself, and slips same into the text - even when the accompanying pages may have less relevance to the results he's just disclosed. But I still say: interesting reading is interesting reading! And so what if the professor has seasoned his text with some liberal snippets of curiously entertaining information!? The book is all the better - not worse - for it.

In this most interesting & well written book, he seeks to find out if it's possible to change your life (from decision making and parenting to creativity, stress and relationships etc.) in the minimal of time? And, some 340 pages later, you'll be in no doubt that it is. It's clear that Professor Wiseman took no shortcuts in writing this book, which has some 27 pages of extensive reference notes; and is to be congratulated for producing arguably one of the best books on 'self help' ever written. On that note,
... Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of insight
A pleasure to read, filled with interesting information. Lots of great life tips and written in a very accessible style.
Published 1 day ago by C.C. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book!
Published 16 days ago by Abdullelah Alkudsi
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book is 100% motivating and amazing especially when your lacking motivation and questioning the reason of life. I really would reccomend it to everyone. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Not finished it, worth it for the first couple of chapters alone
I haven't finished the book and gone through all the exercises in it, but I am genuinely happier for the bits I have done and read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful self-help
I would definitely recommend this book, it's engaging and genuinely helpful. It's not utterly baseless advice like many other self-help literature (naming no names... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss E A Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read.
I enjoyed this book . It gives a lot of good tips for life but also I liked reading about the psychology research . It was presented in a way that kept me interested .
Published 2 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical
Very practical and short, yet profound book. Interesting way of combining scientific research with the most basic pieces of advice.
Published 3 months ago by Mindaugas Jocius
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sense
A Good book that you can dip in and out of, it made a lot of sense and is worth a look
Published 3 months ago by von
5.0 out of 5 stars The antidote to self-help books
An excellent book - Richard Wiseman takes on the topics normally covered in self-help books but this time with added science. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. O'leary
2.0 out of 5 stars Too dogmatic for my taste
Sets out to confound current opinion which is fine, but research is too narrow and the suggestions for improvement aren't convincing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ds
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
&quote;
Expressing gratitude, thinking about a perfect future and affectionate writing have been scientifically proven to work, and all they require is a pen, a piece of paper and a few moments of your time. &quote;
Highlighted by 296 Kindle users
&quote;
So, say positive and pleasant things about friends and colleagues and you are seen as a nice person. &quote;
Highlighted by 255 Kindle users
&quote;
It seems that presenting weaknesses early is seen as a sign of openness. &quote;
Highlighted by 254 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   



Look for similar items by category