1. If you announce your goals to others, you are less likely to make them happen because you lose motivation, studies confirmed.
There have been tests that prove that once intended goals are announced, people are less likely to follow through with them as they lose motivation. This is thought to happen because doing so satisfies a person’s self-identity just enough to prevent them performing the hard work to achieve those goals.
2. Music affects the way you perceive the world.
A new study has shown that music has a dramatic effect on perception. The study focused especially on the ability of people to “see” happy faces and sad faces when different music tracks were listened to. Listening to particularly happy or sad music can even change the way we perceive the world.
3. Studies have shown that spending money on others provides more happiness than spending it on yourself.
Research shows that people are actually happier when they give money to others or buy them gifts instead of spending it on themselves.
4. By surrounding yourself with happier people, you’ll become happier too.
We’ve all been in the situation at one point of laughing out loud with someone purely because they had an infectious laugh. New research published in the stress and happiness are both contagious, and being around groups of either type has a direct influence on us.
5. Fooling yourself into thinking you’ve slept well, even if you haven’t, still improves performance.
We’ve all been in that situation when we wished for just one or two more hours’ sleep. A recent study demonstrated that when patients were told they had above average REM sleep (when they hadn’t), they performed better on a given test.
6. Intelligent people are more likely to underestimate themselves, while ignorant people are more likely to believe they’re brilliant.
some unskilled people believe they are superior and assess their own abilities as much higher than what is accurate. On the other side of the coin, some highly skilled people often underestimate their competence, assuming that what is easy for them, is also easy for others.
7. If you remember a past event, you’re actually remembering the last time you remembered it rather than the event itself.
One interesting insight into how the brain works, is that every time we have a memory, we transform it slightly. Recent research has shown that recalling memories often, makes them less accurate over time.