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Looking to change your life? Whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual change you seek, these books may have some answers. If you’re seeking to enlighten, enlarge or explore your mind, check out our Mind & Body section for a more comprehensive range of books.
From the author of the International Bestseller Authentic Happiness. In this groundbreaking book, one of the world's foremost academic psychologists - and founder of the Positive Psychology movement - offers a new theory on what makes people flourish and how to truly get the most out of life. Flourish is a fascinating evolution of Seligman's thinking, and offers inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action - innovative schools that add resilience to their curricula; a new theory of success and intelligence; and evidence on how positive physical health can turn medicine on its head. Building on his game-changing work on optimism, motivation and character, Seligman shows us how to flourish and bring well-being into both our personal lives and society as a whole. Wellbeing is a way of thinking that the new coalition government is taking very seriously indeed.
As with all the Exercise Your Way to Health guides, there is a substantial section containing detailed, step-by-step exercises. Designed to relieve the symptoms of stress, they are also vital aids to tackling the causes, providing relief from a condition that can be as devastating as it is widespread.
Taking into account the prevalence of depression and the well-documented link between exercise and mental health, this is a timely publication, and one that will help many people regain control of their lives.
A real confidence booster, the authors show it’s no good dreaming about change and that you’re the only one who can make it happen. Their tips, advice and help is intended to get you on the path to success. There’s a good resource section and plenty of inspirational stories from women who’ve got to the top. Women such as: Martha Lane Fox, founder, Last Minute.com, Newsnight Presenter Kirsty Wark; Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale; pottery designer Emma Bridgewater; Camilla Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company; young inventor Emily Cummins; novelist Hilary Mantel; Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti; the UK's first female fighter jet pilot, Jo Salter; Baroness Susan Greenfield; Kanya King, founder of the MOBO Awards; Baroness Betty Boothroyd and more... The result is a book packed with smart and senisble advide to give you the confidence and inspiration to take action and start reaching for your dreams.Like for Like ReadingFinding Square Holes: Discover Who You Really Are and Find the Perfect Career, Anita Houghton Career Reboot, John Lee
Weightloss Warrior is a fun, fresh take on losing weight - it's a 'no-diet' book detailing the importance of healthy eating, building a positive self-image and becoming your own expertly trained warrior within (to protect you from bad choices, help you kick bad habits and give you powerful self-defences). An easy-to-follow guide to long-lasting transformation from the ground up, Weightloss Warrior comes complete with tasty illustrated recipes as well as expert motivational advice and tried-and-tested weightloss strategies. Based around five chapters inspired by the coloured belts of Taekwondo, the book leads readers from white belt to black belt through a process that's not simply turning over a new leaf but preparing the ground for a new self, planting the seeds of change, nurturing your new focus and glorying in growing a whole new you. This full-colour book will entice even reluctant readers to take up the challenge and win the battle within.
April 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Few people are left untouched by Dementia – as sufferer, carer, friend, child or relation, all of us need to understand this curse of an illness. Adapted from her blog for Saga magazine, Marianne Talbot’s short pieces see her grappling with medical care, trying to sort out funding and fees, trying desperately to give her mother the care she deserves until their relationship fragments under the strain of her Mother’s Alzheimer’s and a care home the only answer. There are flashes of humour amongst the sadness, there’s anger too at the mish-mash of services on offer, the strain of dealing with the many-headed bureaucratic machine and the pathos of losing a much-loved parent to this living death. Marianne Talbot’s account of caring for her mother is worth more than any book of theory, she’s been there – and had to wash the t-shirt.Like for Like ReadingKeeper: A Book about Memory, Identity, Isolation, Wordsworth and Cake, Andrea GilliesThe Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring: How to Cope with the Emotional and Practical Aspects of Caring for Someone, Hugh Marriott
Superfoods from the Garden is the latest - and most important - book by Michael van Straten, the best-selling author and one of the most respected names in the world of complementary medicine and natural health care. A lifelong believer that good health comes first and foremost from the food you eat, here Michael brings together his three passions - spreading the word on good health the natural way, organic gardening and producing fantastic meals from freshly harvested food. With chapters devoted to each fruit and vegetable family, Michael begins by detailing the different health benefits of each food - for example, did you know that a generous serving of fresh peas supplies all the vitamin B1 you need for a day, or that leeks have a strong antibacterial effect and offer protection against stomach cancer? Once you have decided which crops to grow, Michael explains how to cultivate and nurture your plants. As a dedicated organic gardener, Michael offers tips, techniques and shortcuts to help you to achieve the best harvest ever. Finally, each chapter concludes with a collection of recipes, all devised to capture the goodness of the ingredients.
This autobiographical tale by a part Irish American writer uses the thread of family insomnia, perhaps inherited, to glue the story together and link episodes in it. Analysing and dissecting the meaning both cerebral and practical of sleep deprivation, Patricia Morrison shows us how through history it has been a problem for all races and for all ages, even though her grandfather had a theory that people of Irish extraction were particularly light sleepers! Using her own experiences, we are able through her, to visit a sleep laboratory; take sleeping tablets and observe their effect; investigate the lack of sleep caused by bedbugs (considerable); and visit psychological experts specializing in sleep problems. She tries New Age therapies; investigates SAD (the phenomena of depression caused by light deprivation in the winter); and finally uses meditation. By the end of the book those with similar problems will at least know they are not alone. An interesting subject covered in depth against her day to day life and her search for a solution.
Written in an easy friendly style, a comprehensive – to say the least – guide to what to about everything in the house (or flat). DIY or get the experts in? DIY or get someone else to do it? As with packed school lunches, basic information is given but Barbara Toner recommends getting the children making their own as soon as possible – as soon as they’ve made their own bed that is. I’ve spent an entertaining hour trying to think up household disaster scenarios to catch out Ms Toner but I haven’t succeeded – this really is What to Do About Everything. Click here to read Barbara Toner's top 10 tips for managing your time. Like for Like ReadingThe Art of Good HousekeepingMrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (Abridged)
This diet programme gets back to basics – the diet of ancient humans. They ate meat, fruit and vegetables and didn’t have access to today’s fat-makers – processed foods, fats and sugar. Follow the diet and exercise plan and the promise is weight loss, health and a new younger you.
Susan Hepburn states simply that using her self-hypnosis techniques you can break any addiction – forever. Once trained, your sub-conscious mind can be reprogrammed and the negative impulses can be overruled. Regular use of the accompanying CD should keep users on track. The basic self-hypnosis techniques are backed up with information, case histories, tips and questionnaires. She boldly claims to be able to treat addictions to cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, food, sex, shopping and gambling and for anyone grappling with these problems it has to be worth a go.
Do you want to be happier? Do you want to stop feeling bad right now? Do you want to experience greater joy than ever before? What if it was possible to feel happier than you had ever imagined? Then this book and hypnosis CD are for you! Recent scientific research shows that happiness levels are not fixed. To increase your happiness levels takes a small amount of regular effort over a few days, following simple instructions and using some powerful psychological techniques. It doesn’t matter whether you are sad, bored, down, depressed, doing all right or quite happy – the system in this book will help you become a lot happier. Paul McKenna has spent the last 25 years studying and developing ways to make people happier and has created a system that has an immediate, extraordinary and measurable effect upon people’s happiness levels.
We all need a little direction sometimes and this section is crammed full of great ideas for ways of improving your outlook, in all aspects of your wellbeing. Help from the shelf. From tips for good nutrition and taking care of your body (Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action by Bob Brown) to coping with all the emotional situations in life, relationships, bereavements, stress, depression (Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-defeating Emotional Habits by Tara Bennett-Goleman). Discover the potential you have for being the ‘you’ you’ve always wanted to be or the ‘you’ you had no idea was in there.
Take a look at our monthly recommendations to find exactly what you’re looking for. Bear in mind though (and even ‘body and spirit’ too …), that just ‘reading’ them may not be enough. There’ll be homework!