psychology

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.


Ask LH: Is Internet Addiction A Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,

Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I’ve heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid. How much of it is real psychology and how much is technophobic hype? Sincerely, Glued to My Gadgets


Artfully 'Plating' Your Food Can Actually Make It Taste Better

Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd, or sitting down for a quiet weeknight meal, it’s worth making your food look good. Studies have shown that artistically presented food actually tastes better, and that when you eat something that you truly enjoy, your body actually makes more efficient use of its nutrients.


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.


The Guilt-Free Guide To Parting Ways With Your Sentimental Items

When you’re trying to declutter your home, sentimental items pose a difficult challenge. They take up valuable space, but you feel guilty when you even think about getting rid of them. Here are a few tips to help you go through your keepsakes without feeling like a heartless monster.


The Definitive Guide To Winning An Argument

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is nice. When you don’t see eye to eye with someone, here are the best tricks for winning that argument.