Learn life-changing insights from hundreds of bestsellers – by reading just one book.
As a busy CEO, Ayesha hated her lengthy commutes – until she turned them into her own mobile library. Soon, she was completing over 70 audiobooks each year on happiness, health, productivity, and success – while stuck in traffic. She began capturing and categorising the most valuable research from her readings for rapid reference. In doing so, she realised that it was possible to derive a handbook for life based on the expertise of hundreds of researchers. So, she set about doing just that.
The output is Cheat Sheets for Life – a concise handbook of science-backed advice on 17 dimensions of life, from health to money to leadership to relationships.
In Cheat Sheets for Life, you’ll learn:
• How playing the classic game “Tetris” can protect your mood
• The superfood that is “the most important dietary predictor of lifespan”
• Why you don’t need to have 8 glasses of water a day – and what to do instead
• The simple technique you can use to double your weight loss
• How to increase your chances of finding a partner by 25-46%
• The one factor that can predict your relationship satisfaction 10 years from now
• Why using all your vacation days boosts your chance of getting a raise
• Why you should keep a cute baby’s photo in your wallet
• How to decide whether to quit your job
• And 740+ more valuable insights!
Cheat Sheets for Life aims to be the last book you’ll ever need to pick up to improve your life. Using time-tested research, it strives to give even the busiest individual a foolproof guide to leading an optimised life.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I was a child, my father encouraged me to read non-fiction. So, in addition to my towers of fiction, I started reading books on science, philosophy, and self-help. And I discovered, between their pages, useful insights that could help me make my life better. As I grew older, I came to love non-fiction even more than fiction, and I started reading deeply about happiness, productivity, and success. I turned my lengthy morning and evening commutes into library visits, listening to audiobooks on my pet subjects, eventually completing over 70 books in a year.
I started jotting down notes from my readings, categorising them according to the area of my life they would benefit. I discovered that, across nearly every dimension of my life, I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Someone, somewhere, had performed scientific studies to identify which actions produced the best outcomes the majority of the time. In effect, it was possible to derive a handbook for life, based on the efforts of hundreds of researchers.
So that’s exactly what I did. After decades spent combing through, saving, bookmarking, and taking notes from research, articles, Yale courses, and hundreds of books, I built the book I’ve been seeking all my life – a concise handbook of science-backed advice on 17 dimensions of life – from health to money to parenting.
1 Everyday happiness
“Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life…
You make it.”
Thomas S. Monson
We all want to be happier. Luckily, while 50% of our happiness does derive from our genetic setpoint, and 10% from our life circumstances, a whopping 40% is determined by our own actions, thoughts, and intentions – it’s in our control. Try these practices to build more joy into your life.
Cooking up instant happiness
1. Smile – Smiling tricks your brain into thinking you must be happy, as much as 2,000 bars of chocolate or receiving 20,000 dollars in cash! Even a fake smile counts. For an even bigger boost, try laughing.
2. Walk happy – The way you walk affects your mood. Avoid slouching and walking slowly. Instead, take longer strides, hold your head high, and swing your arms.
3. Make music work – Songs with 60-80 beats per minute (but no lyrics) can reduce stress. Find a playlist on YouTube. Actively try to feel happier when listening to upbeat music – it works.
4. Get out in nature – Reap the benefits of going green. Just 20 minutes in nature lowers stress hormones. Even a house plant or looking at photos of natural scenes helps you recover from stress.
5. Savour this moment – Appreciation is a more powerful predictor of life satisfaction than personality, gratitude, gender, age, or ethnicity. For best results, use all your senses when you savour the moment.
6. Consider the worst – Right now, consider all the minor choices and occurrences that had to happen to make the most fulfilling parts of your life possible. Then, imagine your life if they had never happened.
7. Take photos – Did you know that taking photos can actually help you enjoy an experience more? Go on – get clicking!
8. Focus – You’re less happy when your mind wanders than when you’re focused on what you’re doing. Avoid multitasking and get absorbed.
9. Rediscover the past – Reminiscing (even about normal, everyday experiences) can generate a surprising amount of happiness.
10. Plan a trip – Planning a trip can make you feel great, even if you don’t take it. Design for yourself the perfect day with everything you most enjoy – then go live it!
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