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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Wiseman Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.

From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of “rapid change” and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: “Think a little, change a lot.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For all those who are tired of the usual self-help formula—homespun anecdotes, upbeat platitudes, over-the-top promises—Richard Wiseman’s 59 Seconds is just what the PhD ordered.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “This is a self-help book, but with a difference: almost everything in it is underpinned by peer-reviewed and often fascinating research.”

    New Scientist

  • “Seemingly perfect for this age of short attention spans and instant gratification.”

    Chronicle Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Bray | 1/29/2014

    " Great decisions on goal setting and also making decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by C. | 1/26/2014

    " This has some really intriguing research--sometimes surprising in what it reveals and then again what it does NOT substantiate. Some scenarios offer new ways of looking at a common situation and how to base decisions on what research has shown to be effective. A book easy to read by sections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Redshirt Knitting | 1/26/2014

    " Evidence-based self help! A surprisingly revolutionary concept. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Derek Bridge | 1/9/2014

    " This was not what I'd expected. The blurb from the usually excellent Simon Singh on the rear cover led me to expect a debunking of self-help manuals and armchair psychology similar to Singh's own debunking of alternative medicines (Trick or Treatment by Singh & Ernst). There was a little of this, and some of it was fun and interesting. But all too often the debunking relied on experiments that seemed equally suspect (riddled with assumptions, speculation and small sample sizes). On these flimsy foundations was then built yet another self-help manual, only a little less trite than those it dismisses. A disappointment. "

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