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  • I should study, I should go the gym, I should get up at 4 am, I should, I should, I should.

Eliminate “ I should” and bring out “I must”.

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Coolest psychological hacks used by the government to make us obey the rules

Ever heard of the Wadala Experiment? It was an experiment carried out by the Indian Railways in order to curb deaths related to railway track crossing. The following experiment was the brain child of a firm in Mumbai called Final Mile.

It went on to become one of the most talked about experiments in which psychology and decision sciences were used to implement policies and regulate the target audience. Here it is:

This is Wadala, an area in Mumbai where a large chunk of deaths related to rail track crossing occurred. During rush hour usually around 45 people crossed the track per minute, and the reasons for such a large number of deaths were found to be the following:

  1. Leibowitz Hypothesis : Evolution has primed us in such a way that we tend to perceive a smaller object moving fast towards us as more dangerous in comparison to a larger object moving at the same speed. This is because during our evolutionary phase, smaller and faster moving objects (lions, jaguars etc) used to kill most of the early humans, and not larger objects like elephants and rhinos. Thus over a period of time our brain became more attuned to and conscious of smaller and faster moving objects. This impairment lasts to this day, and thus people were not able to perceive the proper speed of a fast object such as a train, didn’t think of it as a threat, and crossed the railway track with complete disregard for the rules.

To counter this, the Railways painted the tracks yellow, so that the brain could use the tracks as a marker, easily register the distance being covered by the approaching train, and make conscious calculations on whether to cross or not.

2. One can’t foresee his death: In a flight or fight response, the brain stops calculating the outcome and thus most often makes a wrong decision. To add to that, one can never forsee his own death, thus it becomes important that we show a person the eventual result that shall emerge if he instinctively acts according to the flight or fight response.

The Railways made posters of how a person may die if he acts impulsively. Such posters were placed at the exact locations where mishaps recorded were the highest, thus it was able to target the audience at the most vulnerable decision making point. The posters showed a person being crushed by a train, and this image made the crosser more conscious of their death. Hence they acted more carefully.

3. Cocktail effect: Our brain can register only one sound at a time, thus if there are too many sounds, the brain automatically filters out most of them. If the honking of the train is mixed with other sounds closer to the crosser, or with the sound of another train coming from an opposite track, then he shall filter out one of the sounds. In both the cases his decision making is impaired, and that leads to him being callous to the approaching disaster.

To counter this the Railways installed a whistle at the bend. This whistle was a reminder for the motor man to start honking.

The honking had a pattern. The brain calculates the meaning of a sound in between the pauses, so in place of one continous honk, pause was given between two honks. During the pause people became conscious of the distance at which the train was coming as larger intensity of the sound meant the train was nearer and thus the danger was high. This made the crosser to be more conscious and thus evade danger.

Using the psychological tricks, the Indian Railways decreased railway crossing related deaths by 70–75% and saved ₹50 crore (the annual budget to stop railway track related crossing deaths). The whole objective was achieved by spending in thousands and not in crores. The psychological hacks used by the railways stand as a testimony of how the government can use psychology to achieve objectives at a reduced cost.

Best life hacks that I’ve ever read so far

  1. You can revive stale chips by microwaving them on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Eat an orange before working out. Not only it does it keep you hydrated but it also prevents your muscle from getting sore.
  3. Look at someone’s elbow before you high-five. You will never miss.
  4. Healthy hair test: Dip a few strands of hair into a glass of water, healthier hair will float while unhealthy hair will sink.
  5. A cup of black coffee before workout speeds up the fat burning process.
  6. Make an “X” mark on a bug bite with your fingernail. The itch will go away.
  7. If you boil water before you freeze it, you’ll have crystal clear ice cubes.
  8. Trying to read something but forgot your glasses? Make a ring shape with your fingures in front of eye and look through it like a telescope. This prevents light from spreading onto your retina and will focus the image like a pinhole camera.
  9. Ear plugged with water after swimming? Blow into a deflated balloon. This will relax your ears and force the water out.
  10. Burn yourself on something? Pour yellow mustard all over the area and then rinse with cold water. It’s like a magic eraser for burns.
  11. Just cleaned up broken glass? Lay a flashlight on the floor. Any small leftover pieces will make a shadow so you can easily pick them up before you step on them.
  12. On Caffeine Informer you can find out how many of your favourite energy drink, soda or coffee it will take to kill you.
  13. 20 pushups, 15 squats, 50 jumping jacks, 30 crunches. Repeated 3 times = 100 calories burned.
  14. In an emergency, a crayon will burn for about 30 minutes.
  15. If you stand up too fast and starts to black out, tighten your abs as hard as you can.
  16. While buying something online, only read reviews that gave 3 stars. They are usually the most honest about the pros and cons.
  17. If you are buying headphones or speakers. Test them out “Bohemian rhapsody” it has a complete set of highs and lows in instruments and vocals.
  18. Showering with cooler water can help stops dandruff.
  19. Get caught doing something embarrassing in public? Just say you lost a bet.
  20. A person usually makes a lot of hand gestures when telling a true story. When telling a lie, a person’s hands will stay noticeably still.
  21. Want to whiten your clothes? Soak them in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes.
  22. Wash your face with cold water after taking a hot shower. It will close your pores and make you less likely to get acne.
  23. Never step on spiders. You could be stepping on a female with eggs, and they will stick to your shoes and hatch all over your car and house.
  24. Close with your neighbours? Share your wifi and split the bill.
  25. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage and put it in the freezer. In about 15 minutes, it will be almost completely ice cold.
  26. Put your phone number on your child’s bracelet in case they get lost in public.
  27. Want to know if someone has romantic feelings for you? Look at their eyes. People’s pupil expand by 45% when looking at a love interest.
  28. Put dry tea bags inside your smelly shoes or gym bags to remove odors.
  29. You can clear a room full of cigarette smoke in a minute by spinning a wet towel around.
  30. Swimming is one of the best techniques to grow taller quickly.
  31. If you are feeling nervous, start chewing gum, your brain will reason that you are not in danger because you would not be eating if you were.
  32. When showing people pictures on your phone, zoom in a little bit so they cant swipe to other pictures.
  33. When shopping, the cheapest items will be on top and bottom shelves not on eye level.
  34. Have hiccups? Hold your breath and swallow three times.
  35. Giving presentations? Always bring a bottle of water to the stage, when you can’t remember what to say, take a drink. Nobody will know the difference.
  36. Spray an unfamiliar scent while you are studying and again right as you are about to take the test. The scent will jog your memory.
  37. Microwave peanut butter and pour it over icecream for the best icecream you will ever have.
  38. You can press 1, 2, 3 etc to jump 10%, 20%, 30% into the clip you are watching on youtube.
  39. You can ask Siri to flip a coin if you dont have one on hand.
  40. Internet trick: Don’t download a pdf file that ends with “.exe”. Its a virus.
  41. Interview on Skype? Stick googly eyes next to your webcam to help maintain eye contact.
  42. Got something in your eyes? Fill a bowl of water big enough for your face and open your eyes in it. It’ll come right out.
  43. You can remember the value of pi (3.1415926) by counting each word’s letter in “ May i have a large container of coffee”.
  44. Leave your sandals face down when you are at the beach or at the pool. They won’t be scalding hot when you put them back on.
  45. Train your pets with vicks vaporub by applying it onto anything you don’t want chewed or destroyed. They are turned off by the smell.
  46. Stumped on a word in a phrase? Search google and put an asterisk(*) in the vacant spot. The result will tell you the word.
  47. Need to tell a believeable lie? Inculde an embarrassing detail. No body doubts a story that makes you look dumb.
  48. When an elderly can’t hear you, speak deeper, not louder. This will make it easier to understand.
  49. Having Trouble focusing? Take a shower or brush your teeth to focus better.
  50. Need to study vocab words? Quizlet is a great free interactive app for learning quickly.

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That tiny life-changing habit that you’ve been looking for to follow

THE ALIEN TECHNIQUE

When you wake up in the morning, pretend you were an alien and you were just “projected” into this body on a secret mission.

You have no idea who you are. You have no idea what problems this person has.

Your mission: find out who you are. Find out what the meaning in your life is. Find out what you have to do today to advance this person a tiny bit in life.

Every time you forget this is your mission during the day, try to remind yourself and get back into this mindset.

Tomorrow you will have a new person. A new mission to solve. A new reason to live and to flourish.

So make the most of the body you are in today.

This is another thing you could do: The Ultimate Guide To Reinventing Yourself

 

Most important life lesson to learn – Must Read

When I was 13, I wanted a six pack. I did sit ups and curls intermittently with no plan or rigor. By 14, I’d given up.

When I was 16, I picked up boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I wanted to be great at fighting. By 17, I’d decided in my head that great fighters have been doing this since they were 8, so I’d given up.

When I was 18, I wrote blog posts and started multiple businesses, I’d take them to a level of significance but nothing actually significant. By 19, I’d decided in my head I wasn’t going to make 6 figures at it anytime soon, so I’d given up.

Everything I wanted to get or do or be, I gave it one year tops before giving it up.

Now I look back and ask myself “Where would I be right now if I’d stuck with it? What if I’d had that foresight?

I work out every day now.

I write every day now.

I train to fight multiple times per week.

I’m following the things I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid, because I now know the dividends I will get are going to have outstanding returns in 2 years, 5 years and 10 years from now.

1% better a day doesn’t look like much in 30 days, but it transforms you completely over the course of years.

The most important lesson I’ve learned in life is to play the long game.

The you in the past wants you to do better than they did, and the you in the future wants you to be better than you are. Don’t let yourself down.

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Less Choice – More happiness; Enjoy Life

I have too much stuff! I was like when I first read this book Last year.

12 years ago , an American psychologist , argued that if we eliminate choices from our life , we will become happy and contended at what we chose. His name was Barry Schwartz.

He explained that when you have a variety of choices in front of you , it becomes difficult for you to choose , you become confused and bewildered. And, even after taking a decision, you are less satisfied with your choice.

He supported his thesis by citing studies , that indicated people are less likely to buy a product when faced with too many choices. And he clearly stipulated that Culture of Abundance robs us of satisfaction.

Schwartz focused on two basic ways of making decisions :

– Maximizing : trying to make the very best possible choice.
– Satisfying : making a choice that will do well enough, without worrying whether something better is out there.

In simple words , you are a maximizer if you won’t buy an item til you are sure it’s the best in the world: when you finally buys, aren’t all that happy with the goods. I am a satisficer, and when an item meets my needs, I buy it.
The Paradox of Choice shows how too much choice may make some people very unhappy and reluctant to choose anything.

See Mark Zuckerberg’s wardrobe : 

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Here’s Barack Obama talking about his outfit choices:

You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.

Steve Jobs was known for wearing a black turtleneck, blue jeans, and sneakers.

Albert Einstein bought several versions of the same gray suit.

I experienced it when I was going to buy headphones. Shopkeeper showed me 4 headphones. All were in the same range of price. So I was not supposed to choose considering my budget because all were going to cost me same. So I choose one. But after getting home I had other choices coming up in my mind and I was like ; Why didn’t I choose the black one.

Similarly , another example from daily life , lets say when I am going to watch a movie , and there are 3 possible choices. And I chose one. After 10 or 15 minutes I am like I should try another !

SO , you see that having a plethora of choices can lead to worry.

In a short chapter , ‘What to Do About Choice’ , he addressed issues of choice and happiness , comparisons (we make) , opportunities (we miss) , depression (as the consequences) and other psychological issues.

Key Lessons from this book for you :

– Decide what your need/want:

Take a decision before buying or choosing anything that what do you really want. List your needs. Be very specific.

– Consume lesser amount of time.

When you consider fewer options , it will definitely save your time.

– Simplify your Life

Simplify your life by having always fewer options for everything. Don’t make your life complex by stuffing your mind with useless options.

– Prefer Sense of well-being to Abundance of choice.

An abundance of choice is increasing our levels of anxiety and depression. The Sense of well-being should be your first choice. Don’t admire if someone has the abundance of choices from one extreme to another extreme. It does not work always. 

Highly Recommended :

In modern society, we are faced with an almost infinite number of choices every day. Advertisements bombard us constantly, pressuring us emotionally and psychologically over the decisions we make.

– How to chose ?

– What to chose first and what to not agonize over ?

This book does an excellent job of answering these questions. Highly recommended.

Conclusion :

This book made me realize how complex I have made my life in previous years which have always resulted in unnecessary worry. This book suggests you set high standards , without becoming a maximizer.

Source: Self projections