We’ve got six job interview tricks for you that are all backed by science. And most of them seem like they’d probably work on a first date too . . .
1. Visualize a good interview. Studies have shown that athletes do better when they visualize themselves doing well. And it works with interviews too.
2. Stop saying you’re “nervous” beforehand, and start saying you’re “excited.” Anxiety and excitement are similar emotions. If you tell yourself out loud that you’re “excited” instead of “nervous,” it actually calms you down.
3. Have a ritual before each interview. It can be something small, like listening to the same song before you go in. Studies have shown that rituals can reduce your heart rate, help you concentrate, and make you feel more in control.
4. Start with small talk. Like the weather, or how crazy traffic was on your way over. Studies have found you’re more likely to get a job if you start out with some meaningless chitchat, because it builds trust.
5. Get ready to brag. Studies have found women tend to be more reluctant to do it than men. One trick is to pretend you’re bragging about a friend instead of yourself.
6. Don’t over-rehearse for it. You’ll sound scripted if you do. Plus, making a mistake isn’t always a bad thing. There’s something called the “pratfall effect,” where you actually seem MORE likeable if you make a mistake or trip over a word.
It’s crunch time for gift buying. Here are four mind tricks that will help you spend less during the last-minute rush.
1. Use the “10-second” rule. Whenever you’re about to buy something, hold it for ten seconds and ask yourself if you really need it or if that money could be better used on something else.
It’s especially helpful for stocking stuffers, since it’s easy to get carried away with small, inexpensive presents.
2. Go cash-only. Research shows that people spend a LOT more when using credit cards instead of cash. So if you want to keep your spending in check, try bringing only cash to the store.
3. Shop alone. The more people you bring along, the easier it becomes to impulse buy.
4. Take fewer shopping trips. The more time you spend shopping, the more money you’ll spend. So take fewer trips to the mall, and limit the number of stores you go into altogether.
Check out six tricks to help you if you have a SNORING problem . . .
- Sing along to the radio. A study in 2013 found that people who sing a lot are less likely to snore, because it strengthens your throat muscles.
- Sew a tennis ball into the back of a t-shirt. Sleeping on a tennis ball won’t do anything, but the point is you WON’T sleep on it. You’re just much more likely to snore if you’re on your back. And the tennis ball forces you to sleep on your side instead.
- Do some tongue aerobics. Just stick your tongue out and try to touch your chin . . . then try to touch your nose . . . then repeat it.
- Put a big book under your mattress. If it’s under your head, it forces you to sit up a little, which can stop you from snoring. You can also do it with an extra pillow, but there’s a chance you’ll toss it off your bed in the middle of the night.
- Clean your bedroom. Dust and other allergens can stuff you up at night, so you have to breathe through your mouth, and you’re more likely to snore.
- Wear compression socks. It can help with sleep apnea, because it prevents fluid from building up in your lower legs during the day. A recent study found that when you lie down, that fluid can shift to your neck area, and make you snore.
According to a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, there’s a simple trick you can do every day to make yourself a happier person, and it only takes ten minutes a day. Here’s what you have to do . . .
Each night, write down three things that went well that day. You can use a pen and paper, or your computer. It doesn’t matter.
And they don’t have to be BIG things. A compliment you got on your outfit counts. Or if you got to work a few minutes early, that counts too.
Then next to each of those things, answer the question, “WHY did this happen?”
You don’t need to write a paragraph, just one sentence that sums it up. Like if you got to work early, maybe you’d write, “Because I didn’t hit the snooze button.”
And THAT’S IT. Studies have found that if you do it every day, it forces you to focus on the positive things in your life . . . and you’re almost guaranteed to be a happier person six months down the road.
The guy who came up with it says it’s tough for some people to think of three good things a day at first. But after about a week, it gets easier and easier.