Book Review: 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman

59 SecondsWhat’s it about? 2012 WBN LogoBBC 2014

Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years, gurus and ‘life coaches’ have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective.

Fortunately, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job-hunting to relationships, and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away . . .

My thoughts

Finally, I’ve made it to book 20 of 2o in my World Book Night reading challenge – yay!

This was the first self help book I’d ever read and something a little bit different for the blog being a non-fiction.

Basically this is a collection of studies into what makes us happy and what can make us happier and gives the reader tips and exercises to help you change or improve particular areas of your life such as: jobs, relationships and parenting.

I found the chapter on Persuasion and the section on giving the perfect interview particularly helpful as I’m looking for a new job and always let myself down in interviews and there’s some really useful tips in here that I’m prepared to try.

I don’t know much about this stuff, the psychology or whether it actually works for people who need it but it’s an interesting read but not something I’d ever consider reading out of choice. I gave this book 3/5 on Goodreads as I didn’t feel I was in a position to judge whether it is a good book or not. I don’t feel I’m any happier because of reading it (I don’t think…but hey maybe subconsciously I am!) so felt that an average rating was best.

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