My 3 Favorite Mind Hacks (Try One!)

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When I realized that I was dating too much and couldn’t settle down on one partner, I read The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz and it enabled me to choose my wife.

When I noticed I was burning myself out with too many hours coaching on the phone, I invested in a business coach who helped me hire an assistant and create a product.

When I discovered I couldn’t wear my size 33 jeans any longer, I reached out to a personal trainer who ensured I stayed motivated and didn’t get hurt.

I’m grateful there are so many resources to help me improve and optimize.

But what about you? Is there a particular mind hack you use regularly? Something that helps ‘trick’ your brain to be more efficient, focused or happy?

Some of my daily favorites include:

  1. Blocking websites: Since I spend too much time on Facebook, ESPN and the New York Times, I remove them from my bookmarks so I can’t easily access them while working.
  2. The grateful mind: A University of California study reports that expressing gratitude daily makes people 25% happier. I’ve found the easiest way to get my brain focused on gratitude is to write down 3 things I’m grateful for every morning and night
  3. Laugh it off: When you’re feeling stressed or angry, just smile or laugh. This simple act tricks your brain into believing you are happy, and can change your mood in an instant.

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What you believe — the lens through which you view the world — is about the most important determinant of your romantic success.

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What you believe — the lens through which you view the world — is about the most important determinant of your romantic success.

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Your friend,


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    What helps me is to write down a did do list. I used to update it at the end of the day but i now update it throughout the day, as it is far easier to track it rather than remembering it at the end of the day. I don’t just list tasks and prep for upcoming tasks but also whether i spent time with my family/friends, freed up time for meditation, etc. It’s been a daily habit for nine months and i notice that i get things done far more easily and am far more relaxed. It puts the focus on what has been achieved rather than what still needs to be done, which gives a high feeling of self efficacy.

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      That’s a great idea, I’ll try that myself!   Thanks for sharing that!

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    My favourite mind-hack that has helped me socially?   Prior to saying or doing something, ask myself, “am I being an asshole?”   If someone else were to say or do what I’m about to do, would I see them as an asshole?   And if the answer is yes, is there perhaps a better way of doing it, or do I WANT to be an asshole?


    Sorry for the profanity.   I’ll check out the links 🙂

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      I wish more people would do the same.   The cliché is true about how you get more flies with honey than vinegar.   If you express yourself in an a-hole way, it tends to get people’s defenses up, and make them less likely to listen to you.   So it’s ineffective, as well as just not being nice.



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      Hehe. This reminds me of Louis CK skit about something along the lines of ‘sometimes you just have to admit you’re an asshole. If you don’t, you’re probably a psychopath!’ 🙂 Sounds like you can rule out psychopathy as a flaw, Jeremy!

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    Hey Evan – As a woo-woo person myself, I just wanted to say thanks for being open minded in regard to things you don’t personally believe. It’s appreciated! Right now our country is so divided, and all we really need is for each of us to allow others to be different and believe differently, without hating them for it. It’s so important to realize that maybe each of us doesn’t know everything and to listen to dissenting opinions without condemnation. Then there can be hope that each of us will evolve in wisdom enough that it’s not personal when someone believes differently, and that they might even have a valid point.

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    Like many women, I tend to ruminate over problems / grief.   When I try to just stop it completely, I fail.   So, I learned to give myself permission to indulge in overthinking later that day, but only for an allotted period.

    Let’s say I’m bummed that a guy has dumped me and I’m going over and over in my head why this might have happened, what I did wrong throughout the relationship, how this is similar to/different from other break ups I’ve experienced, etc.   At that point, I gently remind myself to stop, promise myself a specific amount of time – say, half an hour later on that day when I’m on the treadmill – when I will dedicate my mind entirely to this matter and I’m allowed to be as self-indulgent as I want about it – and then get back to the more important tasks at hand.   This technique has helped me with both major griefs (death of loved ones, major financial betrayal) and minor but irksome annoyances.

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      If we counted all the minutes we spent ruminating over wrongdoings, we would be in shock!

      Recent events in Europe have filled me with grief (they took place in locations i have often walked through, very confronting). What has helped me is to take a step back and to see them as thoughts drifting through my mind. It was a tip from Headspace, and it’s a winner! It doesn’t make them disappear, but it gives them less power over my allround mood.

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    Like Henriette, I too tend to ruminate and, since I have almost too good a memory, get stuck doing   so on “anniversary” dates. These are things like the anniversary of when we first met, major outings/events, birthdays, etc. I give myself time to remember, but remember the event in perspective, then force myself to do something. Since my search for lasting love will also probably demand I quit this job and leave the region, I have tasked myself to do multiple tasks toward that goal every day. Today, since I’m outta town at a meeting, that’s taking time to fill out paperwork to sell another property I own, do a job search on the major higher ed job boards on line, and work over my resume to tailor it for jobs in the non profit sector. I’m also curbing my eating, experimenting with intermittent fasting, and have daily “zero tech” times. No phone, no internet, no music, just be in the silence.

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    Something that helps ‘trick’ your brain to be more efficient, focused or happy?

    I’ve always been an over-achiever, so efficiency and focus have never been a real issue for me.
    Some times when I am feeling bleh, I just take a short time out, and then go work on one of my projects, and usually within a few minutes I find focus while doing the work.

    I am a very content person.   Content with almost everything in my life.   I have no anger.
    Regarding happy, this has in some ways always been fleeting for me, as I was an abused child.
    What makes me happy is helping other people in my life, or a good steak with lobster mac and cheese.   lol

    This year I did start doing daily meditation too, after reading and watching some info from Alain de Botton (The School of Life).   I watch and read a lot of his philosophy.

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