mind hacks

Take A Few Seconds To Meditate Before You Pick Up The Phone

Meditation can be very beneficial, but most of us struggle to find the time. Next time the phone rings, take a few breaths before you answer.


Make Space For Big Decisions By Limiting The Small Ones

Big decisions can be daunting. Pick the Brain says to reserve more energy for big decisions by making fewer small ones.


Stop Treating Money Like Your Master, Start Treating It Like A Tool

Money fuels a lot of our life. We need it to pay our bills, eat, and have fun. Money as your master, however, is a mindset that doesn’t have to exist. Treat money as a tool you use to become happier with your financial life.


Start A Seven-Step Depth Ritual To Focus On Your Task At Hand

Your mind can waver when you are trying to focus. A PhD student shares how he created a “depth ritual” that primes his mind into a state of concentration, ready to tackle whatever needs to be done.


Build Your Creative Resilience With The Rejection You Receive

Trying to be creative and think outside of the box won’t always go in your favour. Rejection will knock you down constantly, but that rejection is your training for developing strong creative endurance.


How To Say No To Anyone (Even A Good Friend)

Sometimes the hardest part of talking with people you care about is saying no. They might need a favour or a loan or just a ride, but you can’t always be available to help everyone. Here’s what I’ve learned from my experience about how to say no to even a good friend.


Self-Improvement Is Great, But Self-Acceptance Is Better

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to be perfect, healthier, thinner, smarter and more successful. Self improvement is a good thing, but a lot of us forget how much we need self-acceptance.


Banish Nervousness When Speaking In Public: Remember It Feels Like Sex

If you’ve got stage fright, you’ll remember someone telling you “imagine the audience naked”. That advice makes sense if you realise that the symptoms of nervousness often match sexual arousal.


Know How Casinos Trick You Into Playing Poker Machines

If you’re staying at a hotel or event near a casino, you might just “dabble”. Even if you don’t usually gamble, the bells and whistles of a poker machine might draw you in — and that’s where casinos make their money.


Why You Should Read Harry Potter (If You Haven't Already)

Harry Potter is the best-selling book series of all time, and the books are a lot of fun. But there could be more to the story of the boy who lived. Some recent studies have shown that reading the magical tale can increase empathy towards others.