Ruby Wax is a comedian and TV writer who also holds a Master's degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. She is the author of Sane New World and was recently awarded an OBE for services to mental health.
Ruby Wax's trademark wit shines though as she seeks help from a monk and a neuroscientist in order to answer every questions you can think of from evolution to addiction, family compassion. This is a conversational and engaging manual with seperate chapters focusing on each topic as well as a chapter dedicated to a variety of mindfulness exercises. I can see myself returning to this book again and again.
I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us 'us' in the brain. We answer every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion. How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual you'll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iPhone.
Stress is a concept humans invented and now we let it rule us. We might have evolved to be able to miraculously balance on seven-inch heels, but as far as our emotional development is concerned we're still swimming with the pond scum. If we don't advance our more human qualities then we're doomed evolution-wise to become cyborgs, with an imprint of an 'Apple' where our hearts used to be. Ruby Wax shows us a scientific solution to these modern problems: mindfulness. I know what you're thinking - what if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a wind chime? My definition of mindfulness isn't about sitting erect on a hillock, legs in a knot, humming a mantra that's probably the phone book sung backwards, it's something that can help us all: learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you can truly experience life.
'This book couldn't be more needed right now!' Nigella Lawson 'Ruby has a uniquely vibrant and clever way of thinking' Elizabeth Day 'The antidote to all Covid angst' Kathy Lette ___________________________ Bestselling author and comedian, Ruby Wax, uses her iconic wit and expertise to equip readers with a positive roadmap for a kinder, brighter world and better mental health. As we begin to see the green shoots of a post-pandemic world, Ruby Wax's clever and witty And Now for the Good News is the blueprint we all need for achieving a kinder, more compassionate world. Brimming with practical learnings, Ruby gives readers the opportunity to create lasting positive change and provides us all with a much-needed tonic for better mental health and wellbeing. She has spent the last three years speaking to the people who are spearheading the latest innovation and influencing a brighter future for humanity. From the communities being designed to eradicate loneliness and the companies putting their employees' happiness first, to the impressive AI technology teaching children with learning difficulties and taking literacy levels higher than ever before. And Now for the Good News distils her inspiring findings into key practical takeaways for all. Ruby's here to provide us all with a positive roadmap for a brighter world and most importantly, for better mental wellbeing. ___________________________ 'A fantastic tonic for the universal malaise' Ian McKellen 'Ruby can always be guaranteed to lift your spirits!' Annie Lennox
Dear Reader, I have written this workbook for you to use as a guide on how to drop anchor when life, and the world around you, gets too daunting. It's filled with exercises and information for when you're suddenly forced to confront the hard truths or as I like to call them the BIG SIX realities - difficult emotions, uncertainty, loneliness, change, dissatisfaction and death. It isn't just about how to get through a pandemic... Or the post-pandemic fall-out. It is a WAKE UP call. One that will increase your awareness of every moment through mindfulness. So SCRIBBLE in it. DOODLE in it. Take it EVERYWHERE. No one is going to see what's inside but you. This is not just another self-help book. Think of it as an evolve-yourself book. I do hope it helps you hold the rudder straight, no matter how turbulent the waves, and that you come out the other end buoyant, with a new appreciation for the privilege of life. Love RUBY x
Sunday Times Bestseller With a brand new introduction for 2020. How Do You Want Me? is critically acclaimed as brutally honest, vivid and gripping. Ruby Wax's unflinching revelation of a childhood poisoned, and a youth spoiled, culminates in a moving account of her breakdown and recovery. But How Do You Want Me? is also funny, rude and irreverent. It's unusually honest about fame and celebrity and happy to burst ego-balloons and golden myths. A brilliantly fast, furious and surprising read from the inimitable Ruby Wax.
Der Achtsamkeits-Ratgeber von der Comedian Ruby Wax fur alle Gestressten, die eine Atempause brauchen. Ausgepowert, antriebslos, fix und fertig - vor 500 Jahren waren uns solche Gefhlszustnde noch fremd, heute bestimmen sie den Alltag. Wir alle sind "e;gerdert"e;. Bestsellerautorin Ruby Wax wei was es bedeutet, Depressionen und Stress bewltigen zu mssen. Doch sie kennt die Lsung dieser modernen Problematik: Achtsamkeit. Mit Witz und Charme erklrt sie in ihrem Ratgeber, dass Achtsamkeit nicht bedeutet, dass man sein Geschirr begren muss, bevor man es abwscht, oder lernen soll, seine Seife zu lieben, bevor man sie benutzt. Achtsamkeit bedeutet, Stress und Druck zu reduzieren, indem wir Kleinigkeiten in unserem Alltag verndern und Gefhle und Gedanken wirklich wahrnehmen. Selbst fr Depressionen oder Burn-Out kann Achtsamkeit die Lsung oder zumindest eine Hilfe sein. Ein Sechs-Wochen-Kurs mit Achtsamkeits-bungen fhrt Schritt fr Schritt zu mehr Ruhe und Entspannung. Auerdem gibt Ruby Wax wertvolle Ratschlge, wie wir Achtsamkeit in alle Bereiche unseres Lebens einflieen lassen knnen: Arbeit, Beziehungen oder Erziehung. Fr alle, die auer Stress nichts zu verlieren haben.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to be Human: The Manual written and read by Ruby Wax with Ash Ranpura and Gelong Thubten. A three way encounter between a Monk, a neuroscientist and Ruby Wax sounds like the set up for a joke. Instead its produced one of the most fascinating, intriguing and informative books about minds and bodies and brains and mindfulness Ive ever encountered. A triangulation on what it means to be human. Utterly readable and surprisingly wise. Neil Gaiman How to Be Human is, without exaggeration, a lifeline; wise, practical and funny, it is a handbook for those in despair. It is actually for everyone alive, for the curious, or disillusioned or muddled or just plain happy. Ruby, the Monk and the Neuroscientist are todays Magi. Joanna Lumley With this marvellous book, Ruby Wax has confirmed her position as one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging writers in the field of human mental health, happiness and fulfilment. Stephen Fry It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact youre on all twos and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive - most of us arent, whats gone wrong? Weve started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans. Were so used to upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one comes out, we dont think twice, we dump it. (Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if its new, its better.) We cant stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs were on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, well still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which, hopefully, well be able use for things like compassion, rather than chasing whats better, and if we can do that were on the yellow brick road to happiness. I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us us in the brain. We answer every question youve ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion. How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual youll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as youve upgraded your iPhone.
The mental health and mindfulness bestseller from A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and How to be Human author Ruby Wax, who shows us why and how our minds can send us mad and how we can rewire our thinking to calm ourselves in a frenetic world. 'Finally - a map for the troubled human mind. And it's funny.' -Caitlin Moran Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.