59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a LotPaperback
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- Publisher: MACMILLAN
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 30mm | 399g
- Publication date: 3 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 023074429X
- ISBN 13: 9780230744295
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Illustrations note: Illustrations
- Sales rank: 33,750
In "59 Seconds", psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman presents a fresh approach to change that helps people achieve their aims and ambitions in minutes, not months. From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, and resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting this new science of rapid change, and describes how these quick and quirky techniques can be incorporated into everyday life. Think a little, change a lot. This title helps to: discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape; learn how pot plants make you more creative; and, find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you happier. '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.
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Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and is the author of the bestselling Quirkology. He is the psychologist most frequently quoted by the British media.
By Douglas Glen 02 Jan 2010
When we read self help books we often know before we read them the suggestions that they are going to make - goal setting, improving relationships by listening more, being positive, managing our time more effectively etc. The truth is that the same old advice has been trotted out to us for years in books, company training courses and television programs. And the reason we are not all super successful and happy? Well, most of the advice given takes too much time, the sickly sweet optimism is too American to relate to, and just reading the books is mentally exhausting.
59 seconds is different from any other self help book you have ever read. For a start the book has no grand designs for your life, instead you will find a series of tips relating to different areas of your life which you can dip in and out of as you please. Many of the suggestions are easy to implement and in my experience produce fast results. All of the ideas are based on scientific research and the stories behind the studies they are based on are both interesting and humorous. At no point does the book take itself too seriously and there is no religious content.
In short 59 seconds is a book that anybody should be able to get something out of. If you use only a quarter of the suggestions offered I have no doubt that your life will be enriched.