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20 Psychological Tips & Tricks To Make Life Easier

TristaJuly 31, 2018
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4. Mind Your Posture

If you’re having a tough day at work and feel like the weight of the world is dragging you down, it’s easy to slouch down into a posture that matches the weight on your mind. Unfortunately, bad posture can exacerbate a bad emotional state by causing back pain, decreasing blood flow, and more. Over time, poor posture, especially at work, can cause long-term spinal problems and chronic back and joint pain. Always slouching can also lead to a self-fulfilling cycle of feeling burdened and run-down. An easy way to perk yourself up throughout the day is to remind yourself to check in on your posture and fix it up.

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Try making a schedule to check in with yourself on your posture every so often, be it every half hour or just once after lunch. The timing doesn’t matter, so choose whatever you know you can maintain and turn into a routine habit—trying sitting up comfortably straight and lowering your shoulders. Tensed-up, high shoulders are a common cause of tension headaches from computer use. Set your feet flat on the floor directly under your knees, and get a raiser if you can’t reach. Make sure your keyboard is at a comfortable height and your wrists aren’t flexed up or down. Try maintaining that upright, confident posture for at least a few minutes.

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3. Always Ask Questions

Most people are reasonably good at talking about themselves and their interests. Where many of us have some shortcomings is engaging with other people about their interests. One of the best changes you can make to be more likable and engaging is to develop the skill of asking good questions in a conversation. Everyone can do the usual “so where do you work” sort of chit-chat, but asking a fun, exciting question that lets someone brag a little or talk about themselves and their interests is a great way to make someone feel unique and valued. Asking questions also allows you to get to know others better.

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Asking questions can also be a valuable skill in job interviews and beyond. Many people neglect to ask any meaningful questions at the end of a job interview, making a candidate seem unprepared or uninterested in the position. To set yourself apart, you can ask questions about how the place you’re applying for came to be open, how the company’s growth is going. More to show that you’re interested in the company and already thinking about how you would integrate yourself into the role. People who ask thoughtful, engaging questions in meetings also tend to stand out, as most people zone out and don’t participate.

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2. Make Wednesday Fun

While Mondays likely have the worst reputation, thanks in part to songs like “Manic Monday” and Office Space’s “case of the Mondays,” it isn’t the only challenging day of the week. Wednesday, or hump day, is another challenge since you have already been working for a couple of days and still have a couple left before the weekend’s relaxation. Wednesday can be a real burn-out day, and Wednesday night, in particular, can feel like a chore since you’re still so far from the weekend. If you find yourself feeling down on Wednesdays, try planning something fun for your Wednesdays to make hump day a day to look forward to.

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Maybe you’ll decide to treat yourself to a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks breakfast on the way to work on Wednesday. Perhaps a date night with your spouse sounds in order, or a craft and wine night with your friends. A nice, hot bath with a good book might be perfect for some. Whatever the routine, as long as you make sure you always have something fun and relaxing penciled in for Wednesdays, it can make sure your week seems much shorter and more enjoyable. Having a little something to look forward to mid-week can provide much motivation to fight those mid-week blues.

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1. Decode Your Friend’s Body Language

It is a question people often ask themselves: Do they like me, or are they just being nice? You may spend hours mulling over this question with your friends. You may also consult every piece of literature, take quizzes and devour all the how-to guides out there. However, it’s not that complicated. If your friends or co-workers like you, it will be obvious. Why waste your emotions on people who were just not that into you? If you are like most people, you want signs to be sure one way or the other. Body language may be your best bet for figuring this out.

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There are no golden rules on these things, but body language may provide a few answers to someone’s emotional state. When you’re talking to someone, and they cross their arms or legs, they are shutting you off or even feeling defensive. They are not in an open frame of mind and possibly don’t like you. If a person adopts an open, relaxed and welcoming pose, they are receptive to you and probably like you. Hopefully, these 20 psychological tips and tricks to make your life easier will help. Try one a day for a month and see if your life has changed for the better.

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