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The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

Life Hack: Year in Review for 2010

    Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang. As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year.

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    In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter). I have categorized these 100 articles into 11 main categories of Overall Personal Growth, Maximizing Productivity & GTD, Lifestyle & Habits, Inspiration & Motivation, Goal Achievement & Success, Emotional Mastery, People Skills & Relationships, Communications & Writing, Business & Career, Creativity & Inspiration, Family and Miscellaneous.

    Do not attempt to read this whole post at once! Instead, bookmark this mega list post and come back time and again to read the articles relevant to you at that point in time. I’ve ranked the posts within each category in order of popularity, with the most popular post being #1. I’ve also included the (1) author name and (2) total number of retweets and Facebook likes/shares beside the article, so you can gauge how well-received the article was among the LifeHack readers.

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    Let me start off with the top 10 most popular life hack posts out of the 100s of posts published in 2010. Each of them is a gem in itself. Be sure to check each of them out!

    Following which, I’ll present the 100 top articles presented in the 11 catetgories. Enjoy! And remember to share this to others via the retweet and Facebook buttons above! :)

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    Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2010:

    Overall Personal Growth

    1. 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself (by Celestine Chua, 2176)
    2. Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect (by Celestine Chua, 367)
    3. The Quickest Way to Create a New Mindset (by Craig Harper, 263)
    4. The Law of Attraction is a Dangerous Delusion (by Paul Sloane, 249)
    5. 7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions (by Hulbert Lee, 236)
    6. 5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life (by Celestine Chua, 150)
    7. What Do You Need To Let Go Of? (by Craig Harper, 132)
    8. How To Save Thousands on Personal Development (by Craig Harper, 114)
    9. Can You Transform Without Getting Uncomfortable? (by Craig Harper, 99)
    10. Do Your Beliefs Empower You or Limit You? (by Craig Harper, 97)
    11. 9 Ways To Tell If You Are A Self-Help Junkie (And What To Do About It) (by Celestine Chua, 90)

    Maximizing Productivity and GTD

    1. The Not-Do List: 9 Things You Need To Stop Doing (by Celestine Chua, 940)
    2. 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination (by Celestine Chua, 823)
    3. 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity (by Celestine Chua, 700)
    4. Twitter Hack: 5 Ways To Up Your Visible IQ (by Seth Simonds, 505)
    5. 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management (by Celestine Chua, 497)
    6. How To Tweet in Just 5 Minutes a Week (by Seth Simonds, 229)
    7. A New Productivity for the Smartphone Era (by Francis Wade, 222)
    8. 5 Types of Emails You Should be Automatically Filtering (by Sid Sivara, 170)
    9. 12 Useful Ways To Get Out Of Ruts (by Celestine Chua, 164)
    10. Are You Becoming a “Productive” Moron? (by Francis Wade, 163)
    11. Staying Organized: 8 Tips for Daily Sanity (by Debbie Bowie, 160)
    12. Productivity Pr0n: 5 Unusually Useful Notepads (by Dustin Wax, 151)
    13. How I’m Getting a Smartphone, While Avoiding Crazy Habits (by Francis Wade, 144)
    14. 7 Ways To Stay Grounded by Staying Organized (by Debbie Bowie, 127)
    15. Fight Bad Cellphone Habits For Better Time Management (by Francis Wade, 124)
    16. Are You a Productive Person? Look at the Number of People Waiting (by Francis Wade, 121)

    Lifestyle and Habits

    1. 7 Caffeine-Free Ways to Increase Alertness (by Seth Simonds, 369)
    2. 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life (by Celestine Chua, 357)
    3. 5 Tips For Becoming An Early Riser (by Seth Simonds, 290)
    4. Do You Have A Morning Ritual? (by Seth Simonds, 279)
    5. 7 Effective Ways To De-Junk Your Life (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    6. 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick(by Celestine Chua, 242)
    7. 9 Tips For Better Sleep (by Seth Simonds, 213)
    8. Sleep Hack: A Simple Strategy For Better Rest In Less Time (by Seth Simonds, 187)

    Inspiration & Motivation

    1. 5 Simple ways to live a life you love (by Seth Simonds, 692)
    2. 20 Inspirational Quotes To Brighten Your Day (by Celestine Chua, 573)
    3. 7 Ways To Demonstrate True Strength (by Seth Simonds, 407)
    4. 8 Life Lessons You Should Learn Today (by Mike Brown, 275)
    5. What Advice Would You Give To Your 18 Year Old Self? (by Seth Simonds, 157)

    Goal Achievement & Success

    1. 11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results (by Celestine Chua, 368)
    2. 11 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout (by Seth Simonds, 348)
    3. Brilliant Thinkers Relish Ambiguity (by Paul Sloane, 340)
    4. Top 10 Resolutions To Set For The New Year (by Celestine Chua, 304)
    5. How To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time More Often (by Seth Simonds, 239)
    6. How To Start and Run a Mastermind Group (by Sid Sivara, 208)
    7. 10 Tips to Create a High Performance Environment (by Debbie Bowie, 161)
    8. Change Your Focus For Better Results (by Craig Harper, 155)
    9. How To Walk On Water (by Seth Simonds, 130)
    10. How to Do What You’ve Always Wanted (by Steve Errey, 130)
    11. Education Should be More than Academic Basics (by Craig Harper, 115)

    Emotional Mastery

    1. 63 Ways to Build Self-Confidence (by Steve Errey, 754)
    2. 7 Simple Ways To Be Happier (by Seth Simonds, 509)
    3. 7 Quick ways to turn a bad day around (by Seth Simonds, 449)
    4. 11 Reasons to be Cheerful (by Paul Sloane, 430)
    5. 5 Simple Ways To Spread Positivity (by Seth Simonds, 272)
    6. How Much Stuff Do You Need To Feel Happy? (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    7. 5 Ways to Stop Second Guessing Yourself (by Steve Errey, 169)
    8. 5 Ways to Brighten A Cloudy Day (by Seth Simonds, 110)

    People Skills & Relationships

    1. 9 Helpful Tips To Deal With Negative People (by Celestine, 760)
    2. 9 Ways To Manage People Who Bother You (by Celestine Chua, 554)
    3. 5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Listener (by Seth Simonds, 357)
    4. Top 10 Ways to Lead More Effectively with Humor (by Mike Brown, 236)
    5. 5 Steps To Conquer Any Networking Event (by Seth Simonds, 183)
    6. 5 Keys To A Better Love Life (by Seth Simonds, 178)
    7. 5 Keys to Building Networks Over Time (by Alexandra Levit, 122)

    Communications & Writing

    1. 11 Paradoxes of Being a Better Public Speaker (by Mike Brown, 326)
    2. 9 Expert Tips For Better Writing (by Seth Simonds, 240)
    3. 10 Ways Blogging Can Improve Your Life (by Annabel Candy, 232)
    4. 9 Ways To Handle Interruptions Like A Pro (by Seth Simonds, 211)
    5. 8 Qualities of Powerful Writing (by Dustin Wax, 182)
    6. 31 Proven Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog (by Seth Simonds, 167)
    7. Develop Your Greatest Skill – Language (by Paul Sloane, 106)
    8. How to Tell a Funny Joke (by Hulbert Lee, 96)

    Business & Career

    1. 7 Things you should stop doing at work (by Seth Simonds, 845)
    2. 8 Ways To Bring Your Creative Passions to Work (by Mike Brown, 238)
    3. 9 Strategies to Make Selling Your Ideas More Successful (by Mike Brown, 192)
    4. How to Be Successful When You Can’t Plan Ahead (by Mike Brown, 190)
    5. Wise Money – 5 Tips From Billionaire Investor Warren Buffett (by Seth Simonds, 171)
    6. 5 Things You Should Know About Personal Finance (by Ibrahim Husain, 137)
    7. 8 Ways to Recharge a Tired Old Job (by Mike Brown, 121)
    8. How to Shine in a Job Interview (by Steve Errey, 110)
    9. It’s Time to Manage Your Online Personal Brand (by Dan Schawbel, 107)

    Creativity & Inspiration

    1. 9 Great Ways to Be Exceptionally Boring (by Paul Sloane, 387)
    2. How to Feel Inspired When You’ve Lost Motivation (by Hulbert Lee, 308)
    3. 12 Tips for Being Good Feng Shui (by Debbie Bowie, 256)
    4. Stop Trying To Be Creative (by Seth Simonds, 182)
    5. How to Kill a Radical Idea (by Paul Sloane, 132)

    Family

    1. The Secret to Helping Your Child Excel in School and in Life (by Erin Kurt, 183)
    2. 11 Way to Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child (by Erin Kurt, 182)
    3. Parenting: 6 Myths You Should Know About (by Erin Kurt, 165)
    4. 8 Reasons Why Children Misbehave (With Solutions!) (by Erin Kurt, 158)
    5. How “Fun” Can Be Your Best Discipline Technique(by Erin Kurt, 119)
    6. 4 Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids When You Have No Time (by Erin Kurt, 115)

    Miscellaneous

    1. Kitchen Hack: One-Minute Bread (by Seth Simonds, 2126)
    2. Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown-Up Men (by Dustin Wax, 924)
    3. 11 Sinfully Easy Sangria Recipes (by Seth Simonds, 257)
    4. Kitchen Hack: 7-Minute Chocolate Covered Strawberries (by Sarah Joy Albrecht, 112)
    5. 4 Tips for Getting Started and Self-Publishing a Book (by Debbie Bowie, 100)

    Last but not least, here’s a special thank you to Leon Ho (founder of Lifehack.org) and all the writers at Lifehack who have contributed the articles above and more. LifeHack would not be where it is today without all of you. Thank you so much everyone! :)

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    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

    Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

    Posture

    First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

    • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
    • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
    • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
    • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

    All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

    Facial Expressions

    Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

    • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
    • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
    • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

    If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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    1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

    A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

    The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

    This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

    2. Relax Your Face

    New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

    To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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    3. Improve Your Eye Contact

    Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

    The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

    To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

    3. Smile More

    There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

    Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

    4. Hand Gestures

    Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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    It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

    5. Enhance Your Handshake

    In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

    “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

    It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

    6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

    As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

    Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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    Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

    Final Takeaways

    Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

    If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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