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Self-help & personal development

See below for a selection of the latest books from Self-help & personal development category. Presented with a red border are the Self-help & personal development books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Self-help & personal development books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

We Are the Luckiest The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

We Are the Luckiest The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

Author: Laura McKowen Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2020

Why We Do What We Do Understanding Our Brain to Get the Best Out of Ourselves and Others

Why We Do What We Do Understanding Our Brain to Get the Best Out of Ourselves and Others

Author: Helena Boschi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2020

Practical tools and tips to lead a healthy and productive life The brain is the basis of everything we do: how we behave, communicate, feel, remember, pay attention, create, influence and decide. Why We Do What We Do combines scientific research with concrete examples and illustrative stories to clarify the complex mechanisms of the human brain. It offers valuable insights into how our brain works every day, at home and at work, and provides practical ideas and tips to help us lead happy, healthy and productive lives. - Learn about how your brain functions - Find out how emotions can be overcome or last a lifetime - Access your brain's natural ability to focus and concentrate - Think creatively The thoughts you have and the words that you speak all have an effect on your neural architecture -- and this book explains what that means in a way you can understand.

Open Why asking for help can save your life

Open Why asking for help can save your life

* Speak out. Ask for help. And be helped. In OPEN, Frankie Bridge, ex-The Saturdays, opens up about her ongoing journey from breakdown to breakthroughs and through self-loathing, hospitalization and self-acceptance. Part narrative exploration, part practical guide, this book will help you to understand the importance of talking and helping each other in an imperfect world. It will also feature practical guidance and advice from the psychologist and psychiatrist who pulled her back from the brink along with their notes and conversations throughout her mental health journey. By opening up about her battles, Frankie wants to help a generation of people to be more open about their mental health. It's a very simple four-letter word, but one of the hardest words to put into practice, this book will help people to understand the importance of talking out and helping each other.

The Power of Letting Go How to drop everything that's holding you back

The Power of Letting Go How to drop everything that's holding you back

Author: John Purkiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

How to drop everything that's holding you back The Power of Letting Go brings together a number of key principles that come up for anyone who is on the journey of self-enquiry and development. At some point, the choice becomes clear, whether to hold on or let go. For some, it's easy, just do it, f**k it. For many others, there are multiple layers and obstacles that have built up through one's life so far. Expectations, fear of uncertainty, well-worn inhibitive thought patterns, lack of trust, lack of acceptance, old trauma and hurt. Despite all this, there is a spark, a glimmer of hope that brightens at the thought of letting go and going with the flow, at following one's instincts and intuition rather than constantly second-guessing the outcome, at letting go of expectations and enjoying what is. This book combines both the why and the how to let go, with excellent practices that help convert the desire into action. There are four stages to letting go: Be Present and Enjoy Each Moment Let Go of the Thoughts that Keep You Stuck Let Go of the Pain that Runs Your Life Surrender and Tune into Something Far More Intelligent than Your Brain

The Psychopath Epidemic Why the World Is So F*cked Up and What You Can Do About It

The Psychopath Epidemic Why the World Is So F*cked Up and What You Can Do About It

Author: Cameron Reilly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Similar to the bestselling Sociopath Next Door comes a unique look at the psychopaths among us and how our society--from kindergarten to corporations--encourages and rewards psychotic behavior, and what average citizens can do to survive and thrive when we must live with, learn from, or be lead by sociopaths. Psychiatrists estimate that 1 percent of the adult population are psychopaths. That's about two million Americans. And they are our bosses, our politicians, our priests, and our neighbors. And they are running our economy and our lives. Every day in the news we hear about people in positions of power doing deplorable things--in business, politics, and government, from sexual harassment to polluting the environment to covering up crimes. And it's no wonder considering a small percentage of people wield a large amount of power, and that these very same people fit the definition of a psychopath. A highly engaging and gripping read, Cameron Reilly's book adds to our growing understanding of sociopaths with a detailed analysis of how our society encourages and rewards psychopathic tendencies, and how, because of this, psychopaths the world over have risen to power. Using historical references to pop culture examples, Reilly offers a field guide to psychopaths--how to spot them and how to outmaneuver them so you can keep your sanity in tact. This is the first-of-its-kind book to examine the shocking evidence and then suggest practical solutions for saving us all.

Extreme You Step up. Stand out. Kick ass. Repeat.

Extreme You Step up. Stand out. Kick ass. Repeat.

Author: Sarah Robb O'Hagan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

'Sarah doesn't just sit at the table - she stands on it. She's full of inspiring advice about how to bounce back from failures, speak your truth, embrace your quirks, and have a lot more fun along the way.' Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and Founder of Leanin.org As a child, Sarah Robb O'Hagan felt destined to become a champion, but her early efforts at sport, music and theatre failed to reveal a natural superstar. Unwilling to settle for average, she learned through a series of dramatic successes and epic failures to follow her own path to success. Sarah climbed the corporate ladder at Virgin Atlantic, Nike, Gatorade and Equinox - also becoming a wife, mother and endurance athlete - and though in her twenties she was fired twice, in her thirties she led the turnaround of a $5 billion sports drink business. Her approach has stemmed from personal experience and inspiration from the band of highly accomplished 'Extremers' that she has met along the way: entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, TV personalities, an Olympic champion downhill skier, a former secretary of state, and even a world-famous tattoo artist. These Extremers helped her recognise that success doesn't come from conforming, hiding weaknesses or reaching some pre-planned destination. The bolder choice is to embrace Extreme You: to bring all that is distinctive and relevant about yourself to everything you do, and to bring out the Extreme in the people and the culture around you. Inspiring, practical and funny, Extreme You is Sarah's training programme for developing the drive, originality and fierce attitude to become the best version of you.

The Way of the Monk The four steps to peace, purpose and lasting happiness

The Way of the Monk The four steps to peace, purpose and lasting happiness

Author: Gaur Gopal Das Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. Do you ever have the feeling that life isn't going your way? Discover how to master the monk mindset with world-renowned motivational coach and Indian monk Gaur Gopal Das as he reveals how to tackle our modern anxieties with characteristic serenity, profound wisdom and irresistible humour. In The Way of the Monk, Das takes us on an unforgettable journey and offers precious insights to make life happier and easier, even in the stormiest of times. Whether you are looking to find your purpose, strengthen relationships, discover inner calm or give back to the world, this thought-provoking book will challenge you to change your outlook and align yourself with the life you want to live. *Previously published as Life's Amazing Secrets*

The Insecure Girl's Handbook

The Insecure Girl's Handbook

Author: Liv Purvis Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Oh hi! My name's Olivia and I am *clears throat* a long-time member of the Insecure Girls' Club. If you are too, then you're not alone - a recent study found 62% of girls and women feel insecure or not sure of themselves, with 7 out of 10 believing they don't measure up. But it doesn't have to be this way! There are ways out of those slumps and the days where we feel unsure about ourselves, and that's where this book comes in. The Insecure Girl's Handbook will guide you through your insecurity no matter what life stage you're at, pointing out the pitfalls of people pleasing, negative backchat and crippling comparison along the way. It's a carefully curated toolkit of tried and tested mechanisms and small pearls of wisdom to start combatting that feeling that holds us back from speaking up, from following our dreams or even feeling that our dreams aren't good or big enough. I hope it will provide you with a comforting hug and pep talk, from one insecure girl to another, so you can stop imposter syndrome in its tracks and halt the waves of self-doubt that sometimes unexpectedly flood our work life, friendships, relationships and every other crevice in between. So, here's to treating ourselves like we treat others, putting ourselves first and being the secure and thoughtful women that we know we can be. I know you're good enough - and by the time you've finished reading, I'm positive you'll think so too.

Anxiety is Your Superpower Using anxiety to think better, feel better and do better

Anxiety is Your Superpower Using anxiety to think better, feel better and do better

Author: Dr Wendy Suzuki Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

We live in an age of anxiety. Like an omnipresent yet invisible odour you've grown used to, anxiety has become a constant condition, a fact of life, and a distraction that undermines our quality of life. Dr Wendy Suzuki's ground-breaking research will show us that science tells us a very different story: yes, anxiety is unpleasant - it's meant to be - and in the debilitating extreme, what Wendy will call 'bad anxiety', it's destructive. But most of the anxiety that humans feel is essential - not only to survival, but for higher brain functions formerly thought to be put on hold during anxious moments, Wendy will provide two broad categories of neuroscience-based hacks for harnessing anxiety and facing it head-on. The first will help address and calm anxiety so that you can enjoy the productivity you will experience, and the second grouping of brain science hacks will enable readers to channel anxious feelings into six uses for good anxiety - from productivity, increased emotional intelligence and focus to creativity and confidence. Through Wendy's unique perspective as a neuroscientist, she will teach us how to flip anxiety on its head and offer a counterintuitive lens through which to understand how anxiety manifests in our everyday lives. The book will introduce a taboo breaking slant on anxiety: we will learn how it can be good for us and that once we learn how to play it at its own game, it can become our superpower!

How Time Is on Your Side

How Time Is on Your Side

Author: Bridget Watson Payne Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2020

Yes, there really is enough time to do it all: the passion projects, the to-do list, or simply making time to do nothing-the trick is knowing how to look for it. Packed with helpful tips, How Time Is on Your Side is a simple handbook to help reframe your relationship with time. Through practical productivity tools and inspiring stories of people who make time for the things that matter to them, you will find that achieving your goals isn't as farfetched as it seems. Let the encouraging words of artist and author Bridget Watson Payne be your guide to reinvent your relationship with time: it's not the enemy; it's a friend. * Learn how to nurture your inner creative, spiritual, emotional, and mental lives. * Written in author Bridget Watson Payne's smart, friendly, tell-it-like-it-is prose * Tips and tricks include utilizing your calendar to its full advantage, doing mental work in the morning and physical work in the afternoon, and putting your big goals on your to-do list. With smart, unintimidating content, this little guide is sure to inspire anyone to make time to achieve their goals. Take a moment, a minute, or a day to reinvent your relationship with time, and discover how it can work for you. The time you need is there. Let How Time Is on Your Side help you find it. * A great gift for men and women of any age, creatives and aspirational creatives, busy professionals, students, young families, graduates, and self-improvement seekers * A dip-in, dip-out format for busy people who want to make the most of their time * Perfect for fans of The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn Glei, and Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zerat

Me and White Supremacy How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World

Me and White Supremacy How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World

Author: Layla Saad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2020

'White supremacy is a violent system of oppression that harms Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. And if you are a person who holds white privilege, then you are complicit in upholding that harm, whether you realise it or not. This is not my opinion. This is fact. And if you are person who holds white privilege, the question you should be asking isn't whether or not this is true, but rather, what are you going to do about it?' Between June and July 2018, Layla Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, for people with white privilege to unflinchingly examine the ways that they are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. The challenge quickly went viral, with thousands of people from all over the world (including USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Qatar, among others) diving deep for 28 consecutive days to examine and take responsibility for the ways in which they uphold white supremacy. The challenge catalyzed a worldwide awakening for thousands of white-privileged people to begin to take ownership of their personal anti-racism work. This workbook was born out of that challenge.