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  1. 1. 1. Education Psychology psychology in Search • Psychology • Basics • Theories • Experiments •• Share• Print Free Psychology Newsletter!Sign Up Discuss in my forum 10 Ways Psychology Can Improve Your Life Practical Ways to Apply Psychology in Everyday Life By Kendra Cherry, Guide See More About: • psychology 101 • applying psychology
  2. 2. Do you think that psychology is just for students, academics andtherapists? Then think again. Because psychology is both an appliedand a theoretical subject, it can be utilized in a number of ways. Whileresearch studies arent exactly light reading material for the averageperson, the results of these experiments and studies can haveimportant applications in daily life. The following are some of the top10 practical uses for psychology in everyday life.1. Get Motivated Photo courtesy Sanja GjeneroWhether your goal is to quit smoking, lose weight or learn a newlanguage, some lessons from psychology offer tips for gettingmotivated. In order to increase your motivational levels whenapproaching a task, utilize some of the following tips derived fromresearch in cognitive and educational psychology:• Introduce new or novel elements to keep your interest high.• Vary the sequence to help stave off boredom.• Learn new things that build on your existing knowledge.• Set clear goals that are directly related to the task.• Reward yourself for a job well done. AdsStudy Psychology in USAFind and Apply to the BEST PsychologyCourses via LearnHubPsychology.LearnHub.comHow To Read A PaperOnline Critical Appraisal Course LiteratureReviews Made Easywww.CriticalAppraisal.comSocial Learning PlatformSocial LMS with World Class Content OpenCourses and More. Join
  3. 3. 2. Improve Your Leadership Skills Photo courtesy Sanja GjeneroIt doesn’t matter if you’re an office manager or a volunteer at a localyouth group, having good leadership skills will probably be essential atsome point in your life. Not everyone is a born leader, but a few simpletips gleaned from psychological research can help your improve yourleadership skills. One of the most famous studies on this topic lookedat three distinct leadership styles. Based on the findings of this studyand subsequent research, practice some of the following when you arein a leadership position:• Offer clear guidance, but allow group members to voice opinions.• Talk about possible solutions to probelms with members of the group.• Focus on stimulating ideas and be willing to reward creativity.3. Become a Better Communicator Photo courtesy John EvansCommunication involves much more than how you speak or write.Research suggests that nonverbal signals make up a huge portion ofour interpersonal communications. In order to communicate yourmessage effectively, you need to learn how to express yourselfnonverbally and to read the nonverbal cues of those around you. A fewkey strategies include the following:
  4. 4. • Use good eye contact.• Start noticing nonverbal signals in others.• Learn to use your tone of voice to reinforce your message.Learn more about how to utilize and interpret these signals in thesetop 10 nonverbal communication tips.4. Learn to Better Understand OthersMuch like nonverbal communication, your ability to understand youremotions and the emotions of those around you plays an importantrole in your relationships and professional life. The term emotionalintelligence refers to your ability to understand both your ownemotions as well as those of other people. Your emotional intelligencequotient is a measure of this ability. According to psychologist DanielGoleman, your EQ may actually be more important than your IQ(1995).What can you do to become more emotionally intelligent? Considersome of the following strategies:• Carefully assess your own emotional reactions.• Record your experience and emotions in a journal.• Try to see situations from the perspective of another person.•5. Make More Accurate Decisions Rodins "The Thinker" courtesy of KaroraResearch in cognitive psychology has provided a wealth of informationabout decision making. By applying these strategies to your own life,you can learn to make wiser choices. The next time you need to makea big decision, try using some of the following techniques:
  5. 5. • Try using the “six thinking hats” approach by looking at the situation from multiple points of view, including rational, emotional, intuitive, creative, positive and negative perspectives.• Consider the potential costs and benefits of a decision.• Employ a grid analysis technique that gives a score for how a particular decision will satisfy specific requirements you may have.6. Improve Your Memory Photo courtesy Courtney IcenhourHave you ever wondered why you can remember exact details fromchildhood events yet forget the name of the new client you metyesterday? Research on how we form new memories as well as howand why we forget has led to a number of findings that can be applieddirectly in your daily life. What are some ways you can increase yourmemory power?• Focus on the information.• Rehearse what you have learned.• Eliminate distractions.Learn some more strategies in these top 10 tips for improving yourmemory.7. Make Wiser Financial Decisions Photo courtesy Otaviano Chignolli
  6. 6. Nobel Prize winning psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tverskyconducted a series of studies that looked at how people manageuncertainty and risk when making decisions. Subsequent research inthis area known as behavior economics has yielded some key findingsthat you can use to make wiser money management choices. Onestudy (2004) found that workers could more than triple their savingsby utilizing some of the following strategies:• Don’t procrastinate! Start investing in savings now.• Commit in advance to devote portions of your future earnings to your retirement savings.• Try to be aware of personal biases that may lead to poor money choices.8. Get Better Grades Image courtesy Kendra Van WagnerThe next time youre tempted to complain about pop quizzes,midterms or final exams, consider this - research has demonstratedthat taking tests actually helps you better remember what youvelearned, even if it wasnt covered on the test (Chan et al., 2006).Another study found that repeated test-taking may be a bettermemory aid than studying (Roediger & Karpicke, 2006). Students whowere tested repeatedly were able to recall 61 percent of the materialwhile those in the study group recalled only 40 percent. How can youapply these findings to your own life? When trying to learn new
  7. 7. information, self-test frequently in order to cement what you havelearned into your memory. AdsMA Social ResearchA World Leading Masters Programme University your employeesBuild great relationships using NLP Join NowNLP Practitioner Course! Become More ProductiveSometimes it seems like there are thousands of books, blogs andmagazine articles telling us how to get more done in a day, but howmuch of this advice is founded on actual research? For example, thinkabout the number of times have you heard that multitasking can helpyou become more productive. In reality, research has found that tryingto perform more than one task at the same time seriously impairsspeed, accuracy and productivity. So what lessons from psychologycan you use to increase your productivity? Consider some of thefollowing:• Avoid multitasking when working on complex or dangerous tasks.• Focus on the task at hand.• Eliminate distractions.10. Be Healthier Photo courtesy Cheryl Empey
  8. 8. Psychology can also be a useful tool for improving your overall health.From ways to encourage exercise and better nutrition to newtreatments for depression, the field of health psychology offers awealth of beneficial strategies that can help you to be healthier andhappier. Some examples that you can apply directly to your own life:• Studies have shown that both sunlight and artificial light can reduce the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.• Research has demonstrated that exercise can be an effective treatment for depression as well as other mental disorders.• Studies have found that helping people understand the risks of unhealthy behaviors can lead to healthier choices.Did You Know?By visiting the rest of the Psychology site you can find a wealth of freepsychology articles and resources, which include:• Blog and Weekly Feature Stories• Free Psychology Newsletter and E-Courses• Discussion Boards• Psychology Tests and QuizzesMore Tips • Becoming a Consumer of Psychology • Top 10 Memory Improvement Tips • How to Boost Your CreativityRelated Reading • Psychology 101: The Basics • Introduction to Psychology E-Course • 10 Things You Need to Know About Psychology
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