psychology

Use Mindfulness To Stay Calm This Christmas

In the run-up to Christmas we find our to-do lists bloated with added chores: present shopping, card writing, preparing to travel or receive guests. We are bombarded with adverts telling us what to buy and where. We tackle the shopping crowds searching for the perfect gift and the juiciest turkey. Our energy and purses are pulled in all directions while we limp on at work waiting for the holiday to arrive.


The First Parking Spot You See May Be The Most Efficient Spot To Take

When you’re trying to find a parking spot, a common tactic is to spend a lot of time and energy to find the closest spot to the entrance. It’s more likely that taking the first spot you see is really the most efficient approach.


Invite A Friend Out To Lunch To Collect On A Loan

We’ve all had that one friend who never seems to pay us back. Instead of bugging your friend, go out to lunch and bring up the loan when the bill comes.


Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills With These Socratic Questions

Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or opinion, and explore new perspectives, by using Socratic questions.


Kick Bad Habits With Short-Term Sprints

Whether it’s caffeine or a killer sweet tooth, bad habits are tough to ditch. Short-term “sprints” over time can make kicking those bad habits more feasible and a lot less daunting.


Ask LH: What Do The Numbers On The Toaster Dial Represent?

Hey Lifehacker, What do the numbers on the toaster dial represent?


How To Forgive Someone Who Has Wronged You

When somebody wrongs you — either by accident or on purpose — it can be hard to get over it. You may never be able to reconcile with the wrongdoer, but forgiveness is divine and it gives you a chance to be a better person. Here are some ways you can work toward forgiving.


Develop Stronger Accountability By Refusing To Use 'Viable Excuses'

Using too many excuses can eventually catch up with you in a bad way. Even using legitimate excuses too often can create a habit of always finding something to fall back on. By stopping the use of excuses, you can become more responsible and accountable.


Ask Two Irrational Questions To Persuade People To Do What You Want

Persuading someone to do what you want isn’t easy. Writer Daniel Pink points out that the real trick is to get someone to articulate their own reasons for doing something. One way to do that is to ask a couple of irrational questions.


Think About Your Major Impulses, And Avoid Them To Save Money

Impulse purchases add up fast and prevent you from saving money. Take note of what you buy impulsively, whether it’s clothing or home decor, so you can start adjusting, budgeting or removing yourself from tempting situations.