Change in 59 Seconds
By Professor Richard Wiseman
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59 Seconds is about the science of self-help. So one part of the book explodes commonly held myths. So for example, the idea that to motivate yourself, you have to visualize the perfect you. From a scientific perspective, that’s a disaster. What you want to do is visualize the steps it will take to obtain your goal, rather than you obtaining the goal itself.
Another part of the book describes a whole load of techniques, which are scientifically supported and very quick to carry out. So if you want to lose weight, placing a mirror in your kitchen makes you more self-aware and reduces unhealthy eating by around about 35%. If you want to be more creative, placing a potted plant on your desk results in around about 15% more original ideas. And when it comes to praising your children, praising effort over achievement makes them far more resilient. So these are techniques that are scientifically supported and can be carried out in less than a minute.
The book 59 Seconds is about the science of self-help. One part of the book shoots down common but wrong ideas. For example, in order to encourage yourself, you have to picture the perfect you. From a scientific point of view, that’s a bad idea. Here’s a better idea. Rather than seeing yourself reaching your goal, clearly imagine the steps you need to take to reach your goal.
Another part of the book describes many techniques. These are scientifically supported, and you can do them very quickly. If you want to lose weight, put a mirror in your kitchen. This makes you more self-aware and reduces unhealthy eating by about thirty-five percent. If you want to be more creative, put a potted plant on your desk. This results in about fifteen percent more original ideas. When you praise your children, praise effort more than achievement. This makes children much stronger. These are scientifically supported techniques that you can do in less than a minute.
Here’s the full title of Richard Wiseman’s book: 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute