mind hacks

Why We Have To Learn To Live With Uncertainty

Experiments dating back to the 1960s show people have less of a reaction to viewing an unpleasant image or experiencing an electric shock when they know it’s coming than when they’re not expecting it. That’s because uncertainty, a long-known cause of anxiety, makes it difficult to prepare for events or to control them.


Top 10 Ways To Break Bad Habits

We all have a bad habit or two we could stand to lose, but habits are hard to break. Whether your bad habit is procrastinating, overspending, swearing, or any other one you want to change, here are ten tips to break free of negative behaviour patterns.


How To Create Your Own Luck

Being lucky can mean anything from finding a dollar on the ground to getting your dream job. You can’t change the laws of the universe, but people who consider themselves lucky tend to exhibit certain traits. Here’s how to use that to your advantage and create your own “luck”.


The Four Motivation Types And How They Affect Your Habits

To form a new habit, it helps to know what makes you tick — specifically, what drives you to get stuff done. Author Gretchen Rubin says most people fall into one of four motivation types. Knowing yours is key to taking on new habits.


How To Beat The Sunday Night Blues And Get More Out Of Your Weekend

It’s sad to see a good thing end, which is why most of us feel a little down on Sundays. You’re suddenly aware that Monday is looming, and you begin to feel a sense of dread. Even if you enjoy your work, the anxiety can really bring down your day. This weekend, plan ahead and nip those Sunday blues in the bud.


Rethink Negative Experiences To Develop A More Optimistic Outlook

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed can ruin your day — but it might help to think back on how you woke up from a different perspective. A little change in mindset can have a big impact on your outlook, and that includes your mindset toward memories.


Prepare For The Best And Worst To Calm Anxiety And Keep Level-Headed

It might seem like always being optimistic is the best way to do things, but there’s a lot of power in anxiety and negative thinking. With this little exercise, you can prepare yourself for the best and worst-case scenarios.


Prioritise Your Habit Changes Based On What Problem Will Be Solved

You might know what goes into forming a good habit or fixing a bad one, but it’s also important you keep focused on the right ones. Asking yourself whether a habit will fix a problem or not can help you prioritise your habit-forming goals.


Set Impossible Goals To Get Over Self-Doubt

If you’re feeling a little insecure at work, it’s easier to set up obtainable goals so you’re always achieving something. However, while it might sound counterintuitive, over at Fast Company, marketing strategist Ted Karczewski suggests that one way to counter self-doubt is to give yourself impossible goals.


How To Use Your Temptations To Build Better Habits

Building habits is like training a dog — you want to reward yourself for a job well done. But there’s nothing that says you have to enjoy that reward after your “good behaviour”. Another technique, called “Temptation bundling”, lets you enjoy your reward while you build that habit, and it can be a very powerful tool.