mind hacks

Get Better At Saying 'No' By Waiting To Say 'Yes'

Saying no is a tough skill to learn, but it’s necessary to keep from getting overwhelmed. If you’re not yet comfortable with the word “No”, give yourself a fighting chance by delaying the “Yes”.


Ask LH: How Can I Stop Getting So Embarrassed When I Do Something Stupid?

Dear Lifehacker, Every time I do something embarrassing, I find myself frozen in terror. Sometimes it’s warranted, but other times I feel like I’m just dwelling on something that doesn’t matter. How can I stop freaking out at every little misstep?


How To Deal With Science Deniers

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback.


Make a Good First Impression By Assuming Someone Already Likes You

First impressions can be a lot of pressure. The goal is usually to get the other person to like you, and being nervous can have the opposite effect. For a calm, warmer first impression, assume the person already likes you.


How Video Games Taught Me Personal Accountability

Blame, procrastination, self-victimisation — this terrible trifecta can sink your career and limit your levels of personal success. We often find ourselves resorting to bad patterns, especially in the workplace. I have noticed one place in my own life where these traits are nowhere to be seen. While I play video games.


Find More Emotional Balance With The 'Positivity Ratio'

Many of us could use a little more optimism in our lives, whether it’s to be more productive or just to feel a little more balanced. You can train yourself to be happier with the “3-to-1 Ratio” for positivity.


Change Into Non-Work Clothes At The End Of The Day If You Work Remotely

Keeping a healthy work-life balance can be tough when you work from home. You’ve probably heard it helps to dress like you’re going into the office. This separates your “work” mindset from your “home” mindset. Take that idea a step further by changing out of those “work clothes” at the end of the day.


How I Got Over My Fear Of Confrontation And Learned To Speak Up

Years ago, I started a brand new job, and I was contracted on terrible project. There was no real work to do, so instead of technical writing — my actual job — I spent my time getting coffee for people and making copies. Rather than ask my boss about this, I kept it to myself. Weeks later, she confronted me, puzzled: “Why didn’t you speak up?”


Healthy Meals Should Have Bigger Portions, Not Smaller Ones

Portion control is over-hyped. If you’re trying to eat healthy, small portions are probably hurting more than helping you. Does that sound backwards? Consider this: if your “healthy” meal is so small it’s more of a snack, you’re just setting yourself up for failure later in the day.


Quantify Your Pro-Con List To Make Better Decisions

A pro-con list is usually the place to start when it comes to tough decisions. These lists are nothing new, but there’s an interesting way to make them more useful: quantify every item on the list, then add it all up.