A Pooka for a Best Friend
Angela Booth, on Lifehack, has an article titled 10 Simple Tricks To Make Your Brain Do What You Want that starts:
“Do you feel as if you’re out of control? You need to take charge, and make your brain do what you want. Consider that your brain works like a computer. If your computer’s not doing what you want, you can change the programs.
Change the programs your brain’s running with some simple tricks.”
The last one of the ten I already do, partly out of necessity, partly out of the realization that it helps create “thoughts at midnight”… really! You'll understand when you see the trick.
Of the ten, I'd be surprised if more than 20% of the visitors to Thoughts at Midnight have even heard of the movie referenced in #6, let alone watched it.
It's the one chosen to be shared right up front with you:
#6. Think the best of people and make more friends.
The hero of the movie Harvey, Elwood P. Dowd, has for a best friend an invisible six foot rabbit, a pooka…
Elwood has a philosophy of life that’s very simple:
Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.
Be pleasant. Not only will you make more friends, but you’ll also be happier. The next time someone is nasty, consider their action from their point of view. Maybe they’re just having a bad day.
The next two tricks, #7 and #8, are powerful:
Expand time by increasing the input to your brain:
Become actively involved in learning. Doing new activities, and learning new things tricks your brain into thinking that less time has passed. Time seems to expand. If you’ve always wanted to learn to cook, or to hang glide, or learn a language, get started; you have plenty of time.
Autosuggestion tricks your brain. French psychologist Émile Coué created the positive-thinking mantra: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”.
Giving yourself positive suggestions tricks your brain into believing them. We’re all suggestible. If we weren’t, marketing wouldn’t be a billion dollar global industry. Look at autosuggestion as positive advertising you do for yourself. Autosuggestion can make a huge difference in your life.
But to get all 10 tricks in their entirety, by now, if you have visited here more than once, you already know that the trick here… is to click on through…
this time to the Lifehack article!
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