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59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot Paperback – 2 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511605
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Whether you’re looking to be more decisive in your life, find a new job or simply be happier, the chances are that this book has the 'magic bullet' you need.

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This book is divided into sections so you can pick whichever topic you would like to learn about. They're divided into subsections that end with a summary of what that sub section was about as well as templates that are mentioned in the book in order for you to use what you've learned. The book is informative and makes a lot of sense. Although there are some cheesy lines in it that make for hit-or-miss comedy, the book is enticing and references several studies in order to validate what the author is speaking about. This is a great short book that has helped me in aspects of life and it was only around 10 U.S Dollars. It's easy to read and should prove interesting to anyone even remotely curious about human psychology. I will definitely check out other books by this author.
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This is a perfect book as it gives evidence based ways to prove many aspects of your life. Well worth the read and very interesting even if you don't have any areas of life that you want to improve.
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Wiseman's Luck Factor has had a big impact on my life over the past 12 years. 59 secs was a great read and helped me lose 2 kilos in 2 weeks by using small plates and eating fast and slow. Highly recommend this book.
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mostly rehashed ideas; but nicely packaged in one book
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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 :)
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Worth a read
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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.

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Dad loved his gift thank you
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