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Lifestyle & Health

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.

Flourish A New Understanding of Happiness, Well-being - and How to Achieve Them

Flourish A New Understanding of Happiness, Well-being - and How to Achieve Them

Author: Martin E.P. Seligman Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2011

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.

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Weightloss Warrior

Weightloss Warrior

Author: Tiffiny Hall Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2011

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.

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Superfoods from the Garden Grow it, Cook it, and Achieve the Best Health Ever

Superfoods from the Garden Grow it, Cook it, and Achieve the Best Health Ever

Author: Michael Van Straten Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/03/2011

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.

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!