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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.
It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now - completely brilliant and yet, some might say, emotionally dwarfed. The question is: can our more empathetic side catch up in time to save us and the world? I've got nothing against smarts, but it's smarts without emotional awareness that got us into this position of being able to nuke each other into oblivion and rape the earth for oil. With a little help from a monk (who tells us how our mind works) and a neuroscientist (who tells us how our brain works), Ruby Wax answers every question you've ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Filled with witty anecdotes from Ruby's own life, and backed up by smart science and practical mindfulness exercises, How to be Human is the only manual you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you've upgraded your iphone.
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.
'We are all frazzled, all of us...' Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Ruby Wax shows us how to de-frazzle for good by making simple changes that give us time to breathe, reflect and live in the moment. Let Ruby be your guide to a healthier, happier you. You've nothing to lose but your stress...
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.
Dear Reader, I have written this workbook filled with exercises and information so that hopefully next time there's a catastrophe, from a small scale one (your dog is missing or you forgot to return an email) to another big world crisis (the spread of a future variant caused by people in Utah eating aliens), you'll be better prepared. I hope the book can help you hold the rudder straight even in a squall and come out the other end buoyant. I know nothing about warding off another virus, immunologist, vaccines aren't my thing but I do know how and what to do with the mind. Not because I'm a naturally born 'Enlightened One' but because I studied, practised and still practise mindfulness. Anyone, after 100 reps of tummy crunches at the gym will eventually develop a muscle, unless they're cheating, same thing with mindfulness. So wherever we are, this workbook is for you, to hopefully steady and strengthen the mind muscles to be able to take on the whips and arrows of outrageous fortune or whatever's slung at us in the future and to better survive this life. Love, Ruby x
'I LOVED it!' Claudia Winkleman on Twitter 'This book couldn't be more needed right now!' Nigella Lawson on Twitter ______________ When was the last time that reading the news made you feel good? Dear Reader, I know what you're thinking, is it some kind of macabre joke? Has she been in a coma? How can Ruby Wax write a book about good news when the world is facing the worst disaster since the Plague? Let me explain. I began writing in 2018, back when the world's worries were somewhat different. Climate change, greedy bankers, exam results, crap politicians, mental health: these are still HUGE ISSUES, but even the ancient soothsayers reading pig entrails couldn't have predicted this. This is my new mission: to share the green shoots of hope peeping through the soil of civilization. Literacy is at an all-time high, world-hunger is likely to be eradicated this century, technological improvements are saving lives - just to scratch the surface. I've talked to everyone from leaders to scientists to tech geniuses. I've done the research and practiced what I preach. And my conclusion? Behind the clouds, the sun still shines. So here's to the shoots - may they become a blueprint for how the world can shift for the good. Hopefully we'll learn from them. Love, Ruby
'The book the world NEEDS right now by one of my heroes' - Scarlett Curtis 'I think at this point in time we're all in need of as much good news as we can get! Ruby can always be guaranteed to lift your spirits' - Annie Lennox on Twitter ______________ You would be forgiven for thinking 2020 was not the year for a book about good news. But now might be the time we need it most. Ruby Wax is here to reassure us with her brand new book, And Now For The Good News. This is her positivity prescription, showing us the green shoots of optimism and change forcing their way up and into the sunlight. She has spent the last three years speaking to the inspiring 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 AI technology teaching children with learning difficulties and taking literacy to levels higher than ever before. Ruby's here to show you that behind the clouds, the sun still shines. So, do you want the good news? ______________ 'A new book by Ruby is in itself Good News! It sounds like a tonic for the universal malaise' - Ian McKellen on Twitter 'In a world of relentlessly worrying news, finally a moment of good. I adored reading And Now for the Good News - truly there is hope' - Emma Freud on Twitter 'This book couldn't be more needed right now!' - Nigella Lawson on Twitter 'I am reading and finding on every page a delicious morsel' - Celia Imrie on Twitter 'I adored interviewing Ruby: she has such a fizzing, uniquely vibrant and clever way of thinking about things. And I've wanted her on the podcast for ages because she does such important work' - Elizabeth Day
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.