Psychological Tricks That Will Make Your Life Better

Understanding some basic psychology will make your life quite a bit easier. Here's how to improve your life at home and at work with some simple psychological hacks.

1. Look at people in the eyes.

1. Look at people in the eyes.Millennial Magazine

By establishing an immediate personal connection, you can build empathy (which also makes it easier to ask for something).

2. Put a mirror behind your desk.

2. Put a mirror behind your desk.Empower Magazine

People who sit across from you will see themselves, and they'll be less likely to be rude.

3. Always greet someone with a smile.

3. Always greet someone with a smile.Bmag

It sounds simple, but greeting with a smile is a way to endear yourself while improving the mood of the other person.

4. Repeat names.

4. Repeat names.Prevention

People like hearing their own names, as it establishes a more personal connection, and repeating names will help you remember them.

5. Always pretend like you've known people for years.

5. Always pretend like you've known people for years.Pop Sugar

At least in your head. This makes it easier to say what you want.

6. If you want to feel happier, just smile.

6. If you want to feel happier, just smile.Forbes

That simple muscle contraction starts a chemical reaction in your brain that instantly improves your mood.

7. If you're nervous, chew some gum.

7. If you're nervous, chew some gum.Science Magazine

Your brain will assume that you're not in danger, since you're "eating," and you'll feel more relaxed.

8. When people laugh, they look at the person that they like the most.

8. When people laugh, they look at the person that they like the most.All Cars

Keep this in mind at your next party.

9. You can look at someone's hairline as they speak to make them uncomfortable.

9. You can look at someone's hairline as they speak to make them uncomfortable.Michael Lee Stallard

Why would you want to do that? That's up to you.

10. Being silent can make you seem more powerful.

10. Being silent can make you seem more powerful.Fractal Panda

It also makes you seem like a better listener (regardless of whether you're actually listening).

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