"I work in a hospital and when I'm doing something scary I tell kids that whatever they do they must not laugh."
"Stay at least a year behind in technology and gaming. Better, yet, two. You'll save a [email protected]#t-ton of money."
"If you want someone you don't know well to like you, ask them for a small favor.
When I get new coworkers I go out of my way to ask them for something little, like borrowing a stapler or giving an opinion on something I'm working on.
Then they feel like they can ask me for something next time they need help, and soon I've tricked them into thinking I'm a nice person.
I don't know why it works but it does."
"I've worked in mental health for years. I can't tell you how many people tell me what a good listener I am..because I just shut up and let people talk.
It's not rocket science, but the large majority of people just want to feel like their voices are being heard. Too many therapists and providers don't know how to be quiet and stop loving the sound of their own voices."
"Putting a piece a duct tape on your bike seat so people won't steal it.
Who wants to try and sell a potentially ripped bike seat, let alone buy one."
"Feeling tired, headache, muscle cramps? Drink water. It is amazing how many people walk around in a state of dehydration. Water is an amazing fluid that solves a lot of problems."
"My aunt puts her expensive jewelry in a zip lock bag, and her cheap jewelry in the jewelry boxes. She apparently had a lot of her jewelry stolen in the past by family. She now only has the cheap stuff stolen."
"I don’t even know what made them think of it, but some researchers filled iPods for their elderly, confused clients with their favorite music. When they listen to the music, they are calm, recognize people better and are generally more cognizant."
"For me personally, I make a to-do list but put like 3 or 4 things that are just mind-numbingly simple. I knock them out, cross them off, feel productive, and feel motivated to hammer out the tougher pieces."
"Telling your little kids to clean their room is a guaranteed way to get them to spend the day playing with their toys."
"If you think someone is following you, literally act as crazy and stupid as you can. It is so stupid but the other person is usually so freaked out they leave you alone"
"Taking a shower to remedy any ailment. Prescribed by my mother. Headache? Take a shower. Anxious? Go take a shower with lavender. Have a cold? Get in the shower with Vix vapor rub. It's not a cure all, but I guarantee it always makes me feel less bad than before."
"Putting hand sanitizer on bug bites. It's the most glorious feeling and it works better than any itch spray!"
"My depression makes it hard for me to do chores on command, but I figured out that if I set a timer or give myself some time to psych myself up, then I do it. It doesn’t always work, but 85% of the time I end up succeeding, and it’s a huge leap from a few months ago when I just shut down over chores."
"My anti-clothing static device. I think I learned about this on reddit.
I live in a dry climate and static cling was always a problem. I really dislike fabric softeners for multiple reasons, but this trick solved the problem.
Take an old cloth (mine is a cloth napkin) and pin 7-10 big safety pins to it. Just toss it in the dryer with your clothes. The safety pins hit the sides of the dryer, continually grounding your laundry."
""The Superhero Stance"
Stand up straight. Chest out, shoulder back, hands on hips, chin slightly elevated.
It's so [email protected]#king stupid. But damned if you don't start to believe your own fake superhero hype."
"Long story short: A boorish guy was bullying my grandfather at a movie theater. My grandpa turned around and literally blew air on his face. The man was so weirded out that he left the theater."
"If you think someone is watching you in a crowd, yawn. If they yawn too, they are watching you. Yawning is contagious!"
"Smile when you talk on the phone and you sound much happier than you really are."
"If you always forget if you have locked the door/closed the oven/charged your smartphone/... do something stupid after you did the thing you're about to forget. You won't remember the actual locking, but you'll remember the stupid thing, and then you'll know you did the thing. Stupid things include doing a little dance or pirouette, singing a small song (rickroll yourself!) or saying something really stupid like "I'd like to eat a towel right now!"."
"Wash your hands in shaving cream to remove fish/onion/nasty smells."
"Eating off a smaller plate. That trick helped me lose 80lbs."
"Watching movies you've already seen to help you fall asleep"
"Dressing well at work. You can be an amazing worker but people really do judge you by how you look. And by well I mean looking put together and professional. This applies for trades/blue collar work as well as white collar. I’ve worked both."
"Yell “strength of a bear!” before lifting something heavy"
"People resent being emotionally manipulated, so don't do it. Ever.You might get something in the short term when you try to 'butter up' or trick a person, but if you instead are civil and clear about what you want they will not spend days plotting revenge."
"Facial expressions affect your mood. Just faking a smile can help boost a meh or bad mood. Just squinting in the sunlight can bring your mood down. So spend time smiling and wear sunglasses."
"Positive self talk"
"Wearing two pairs of socks, one thin pair under a thick pair. Sounds stupid. it helps wick the sweat away from your feet reducing stinky feet and crusty socks."