“Abracadabra." "Alakazam.” "Hocus pocus." “Ajji Majji la Tarajji.” “Jantar Mantar Jadu Mantar.” “Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho.”
For millennia, people have looked for or tried to use a magic word to make the things they want come to fruition. It’s something almost instinctual, ingrained in the human condition. The earliest known written magical incantations come from ancient Mesopotamia, in Uruk, dated between the 5th and 4th centuries BC.
Around the same time, ancient Egyptians also employed magical incantations. Most people would consider the idea of using a magic word archaic, pointless, or reserved for performing magicians. But research by Priyanka Carr and Greg Walton of Stanford University has found there actually is one powerful, scientifically viable word that, by merely uttering it, will increase productivity.