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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!

A Monk's Guide to Happiness

A Monk's Guide to Happiness

Author: Gelong Thubten Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2020

We're all on a search for happiness, but we're looking in the wrong places. Everyone looks externally to find contentment, we think material possessions will unlock our happiness. A Monk's Guide to Happiness explains how and why we need to look within, and connect to our true essence, in order to find peace. Everyone has the potential to be happy, after all, we're all 'hardwired' for happiness. But how do we get there? By meditating. Not just in the morning, but throughout the day by introducing micro moments so we never drop the mindfulness ball, even when we're busy. Meditation is more than just a stress-reduction tool or a relaxation therapy, it is the key to finding long-lasting happiness. Gelong Thubten, a Buddhist monk who has worked with everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Ruby Wax and Benedict Cumberbatch, explores the theme of happiness in his debut book and explains how to bring meditation into our busy 21st century lives with simple exercises.

Be Your Own Heroine

Be Your Own Heroine

Author: Sophie Andrews Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2020

Learn about life from heroines of every era. Having brought you the wisdom of Austen in Be More Jane, eager reader Sophie Andrews joins forces with her sister Charlotte and turns her attention to what can be learned from the heroines of other stories from past and present. Whatever your taste in authors, there will be strong female characters you can relate to, from Jo March, the tiger-sister in Little Women, to Eleanor Oliphant, the socially bemused heroine of Gail Honeyman's prize-winning first novel. There are spirited young women such as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series; and then there are the survivors - July in The Long Song and Katniss Everdene in The Hunger Games. Sophie and Charlotte show how these six inspirational young women can inspire you and guide you through life's challenges. Whether you are faced with hard times at home, in love, or at work, these characters have something to teach you.

Life Lessons from the Ocean

Life Lessons from the Ocean

Author: Richard Harrington Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

In an increasingly complicated world we are turning to nature more and more to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the complexities and anxieties in our life. The ocean is a calming constant in our world and we can learn a huge amount from its vast depths. The ocean makes up seventy-one per cent of the earth's surface and is filled with marine life and mystery. In this beautifully illustrated gift book, marine biologist Richard Harrington reveals the secrets of the ocean, and how we can learn from them. Combined with gorgeous illustrations by Annie Davidson this book is perfect for those who are seeking some inspiration from life between the waves. From learning to go with the flow of the tide to taking inspiration from starfish about how to handle setbacks there is a lesson for everyone in this beautiful book.

Boobs!

Boobs!

Author: Carolyn Suzuki Format: Notebook / blank book Release Date: 17/09/2020

BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS! is a journal of nudes, tits and cheeky bits with space to jot down thoughts and scribbles. From fun activities like throwing a boob party and baking a boob cake, to more mindful exercises like drawing a boob portrait and writing a love letter, celebrate all things boob in any way you like. This entertaining and inspiring journal is sure to make you smile, loosen up and boost your boob-fidence. TIT TIT HOORAY.

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Mindfulness

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Mindfulness

Author: Andrews McMeel Publishing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Take Care by Posh is a series of beautiful pocket-sized books that invite you to practice small moments of self-care through mindful activities, inspirational words, and thought-provoking journal prompts. With over 100 pages of relaxing puzzles-including dot-to-dot, coloring pages, crosswords, spot the difference, and finish the drawing-inspirational words, journal prompts, and interactive activities on themes like Mindfulness, Calm, Reflection, and Gratitude, these little books provide portable moments of peace. Take Care by Posh: Inspired Activities for Mindfulness asks you to step away, relax, and re-center. Take some time for yourself. Take care.

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Gratitude

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Gratitude

Author: Andrews McMeel Publishing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Take Care by Posh is a series of beautiful pocket-sized books that invite you to practice small moments of self-care through mindful activities, inspirational words, and thought-provoking journal prompts. With over 100 pages of relaxing puzzles-including dot-to-dot, coloring pages, crosswords, spot the difference, and finish the drawing-inspirational words, journal prompts, and interactive activities on themes like Mindfulness, Calm, Reflection, and Gratitude, these little books provide portable moments of peace. Take Care by Posh: Inspired Activities for Gratitude asks you to step away, relax, and re-center. Take some time for yourself. Take care.

Plant Therapy

Plant Therapy

Author: Dr. Katie Cooper Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Plant Therapy showcases the theory behind the recent surge in the 'self-care' approach to living with plants, no matter what your environment. We all know that being in or surrounded by nature is good for our health, but few of us take the time to understand why. As urbanization swallows up ecosystems, and humans move away from the environments they've adapted to, it has never been more important to understand the relationship between plants and people. Broken down into three chapters: The Human-Nature Relationship, Living with Plants and an informative 'Plantopedia', the book first explains how we have come to exist in an environment that is at odds with our mental, emotional and physical needs, then explores how we can readjust this balance, before showcasing plants that help us to breathe, restore balance, and boost our wellbeing. A stylish yet practical book, Plant Therapy brings together two major trends - house plants and wellbeing - and enhances the value of both through making clear their connection with one another. When research has shown that the presence of plants can decrease blood pressure, increase productivity, and calm anxiety, both at home and at work, why wouldn't you pick up this book and create your own calming oasis?

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Calm

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Calm

Author: Andrews McMeel Publishing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Take Care by Posh is a series of beautiful pocket-sized books that invite you to practice small moments of self-care through mindful activities, inspirational words, and thought-provoking journal prompts. With over 100 pages of relaxing puzzles-including dot-to-dot, coloring pages, crosswords, spot the difference, and finish the drawing-inspirational words, journal prompts, and interactive activities on themes like Mindfulness, Calm, Reflection, and Gratitude, these little books provide portable moments of peace. Take Care by Posh: Inspired Activities for Calm asks you to step away, relax, and re-center. Take some time for yourself. Take care.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Survival

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Survival

Author: Simon Pierce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

A Comprehensive Guide to Surviving Man-Made and Natural Disasters Everything you need to know to prepare for the worst. Whether disaster arrives in the shape of fire, flood, hurricane or tornado, or as terrorist attack, biological threat, or economic collapse, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Survival is a must-have resource for saving yourself and your family. Readers learn about: Survival Prepping Emergency Supplies & Kits First Aid Communications Edible Wild Plants Food Storage Building Shelters Hunting & Fishing Basic Fighting Skills Psychology of Survival And much more...

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Reflection

Take Care: Inspired Activities for Reflection

Author: Andrews McMeel Publishing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Take Care by Posh is a series of beautiful pocket-sized books that invite you to practice small moments of self-care through mindful activities, inspirational words, and thought-provoking journal prompts. With over 100 pages of relaxing puzzles-including dot-to-dot, coloring pages, crosswords, spot the difference, and finish the drawing-inspirational words, journal prompts, and interactive activities on themes like Mindfulness, Calm, Reflection, and Gratitude, these little books provide portable moments of peace. Take Care by Posh: Inspired Activities for Reflection asks you to step away, relax, and re-center. Take some time for yourself. Take care.

Bliss Brain

Bliss Brain

Author: Dawson, PhD Church, Dave Asprey Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2020

Renowned researcher Dawson Church examines stunning scientific evidence that shows how, in just eight weeks of practice, 12 minutes a day, we can produce measurable changes in our brains that make us calmer, happier and more resilient. The startling conclusions of Dawson's research on neuroplasticity show that stress circuits actually shrivel over time while our 'Enlightenment Circuit' - associated with happiness, productivity, resilience - expands. In this book, he explores how deep meditation releases 'the 7 neurochemicals of ecstasy' in our brains; some of these include the 'bliss molecule' anandamide, which boosts serotonin and dopamine, creating a self-induced high. Our brain literally has the power to make us feel happier, calmer, more creative and compassionate. While writing Bliss Brain, Dawson went through a series of disasters, including escaping a California wildfire that consumed his home and triggered a painful medical condition as well as financial disaster for him. Through it all, he steadily practised the techniques of Bliss Brain while teaching them to thousands of people. This book blends his story of resilience with neuroscience, producing a fascinating picture of just how happy we can make our brains, no matter the odds.

How to Be Hopeful

How to Be Hopeful

Author: Bernadette Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2020

How do we find hope? And how do we hold onto it? This kind and compassionate book leads the way.