Month: January 2019

Last chance to escape the motivation paradox

Last chance to escape the motivation paradox

When you’re unmotivated, it’s hard to get things done. Even simple tasks require more time and effort. On bad days, looking at your to-do list takes more focus than you might have. That’s why the good days are worth celebrating. Getting stuff done is…

Yet another benefit mind training has over “brain training”

Yet another benefit mind training has over “brain training”

Do brain training games work? The evidence suggests not. But even ignoring evidence, there’s a clue – something that only genuine mind training exercises do. I’ve often criticised brain training – those cutesy computer games that supposedly make you smarter. It’s easy to judge…

Time is running out for more time

Time is running out for more time

In my new book Mind Habits, I describe 13 simple habits that make you smarter, healthier, more focused, more creative, happier and a dozen other benefits. These habits form the foundation of a better life. That’s an easy claim to make, since they boost…

How to downgrade your brain

How to downgrade your brain

In Doctor Who, the cybermen want to “upgrade” humans into emotionless machines free from pain, sadness, fear and hatred. I take the opposite approach. The classic Doctor Who villains – the cybermen – are obsessed with upgrading themselves and everyone else. They are human…

What’s the point of learning “mind habits”?

What’s the point of learning “mind habits”?

Recently, I launched my new eBook on mind habits – 13 simple exercises that enhance your brainpower. Some of these you’ll have heard of before. Some of them, I don’t hear people talk about much. Here’s why getting your hands on this list makes…

The simplest ways to become smarter each day

The simplest ways to become smarter each day

There’s often a lag between what science knows and what society knows. A famous (and tragic) example is when people started toying with germ theory. Early experiments proved that the simple act of washing your hands after autopsies helped doctors keep their patients alive….

Genius or trite nonsense?

Genius or trite nonsense?

Spend any time on social media and you’ll come across some amateur positive psychologists. I’ve seen this on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram – and probably others – so I have to assume you know what I’m talking about. This is where someone…

You only have to work hard on one thing

You only have to work hard on one thing

By now, many people have realised their New Year’s Resolutions were too ambitious. Their changes were too drastic, turning it into more of a wishlist than a set of goals. Hey, it happens. One of the trickier things with self-improvement is keeping it realistic….

Struggle is inevitable, so learn to love it

Struggle is inevitable, so learn to love it

That line above might be all you need to know about motivation. Working towards your goals is easy when you’re rested, inspired and working on fun stuff. Those times don’t last, though. If you want to do anything meaningful, you’re going to struggle at…

Seeing the good side of psychological warfare

Seeing the good side of psychological warfare

I don’t mean to make light of something awful. Well, that’s not true – if I didn’t, I wouldn’t. But I am a fan of the notion that good things can emerge out of evil things. Yin and yang, and all that. There are…

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