59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Jul 2009
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'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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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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.
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 ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Opening pages of the book are insightful and looking forward to making notes to help me on my course.Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Knowing how busy we all are, Professor Wiseman set himself the task of summarising a huge amount of accumulated Psychological knowledge in ten short chapters, the summaries of... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nick Michelioudakis
Great book if you need the confidence, structures and support to take a big step. Reading this might even open up an interest in psychology. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Marilyn Hall
Really enjoyed reading this book. Some fascinating insights that I will try to adopt. Easy entertaining read. 3 more wordsPublished 3 months ago by R. Blezard
Interesting science. And if you skip to the summary in the last few pages you really can grasp the concepts on about 59 seconds. Or maybe a few minutes if you are a bit slow :)Published 3 months ago by Sotiris Spyrou