Mind and Body Fitness
"The brain is a dark, mostly featureless planet, and it helps to have a map."
~ from Benedict Carey's How We Learn
How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide by Toni BernhardIn How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness, Buddhist Toni Bernhard provides information for both the chronically ill and their caregivers on using mindfulness techniques to deal with pain and debility. She includes chapters such as "Asking for Help Can Be Your Gift to Others" and "Mindfulness Practices That Address Physical Discomfort," as well as discussions of "Special Challenges," advice about living in the moment, information for family and friends, and other well-defined topics. Bernhard's practical guide supplies valuable instruction for negotiating daily activity as well as managing difficult conditions over the long term.
Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety: Create a Personalized Holistic Plan to Balance... by Robert Butera, Erin Byron, and Staffan ElgelidStress may be a constant factor in our lives, but even when we can't remove the stressors, we can choose how we respond to them. In Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety, the authors teach a system for dealing with stress that includes not only physical postures but mental exercises and journaling to reduce anxiety. Adding advice on eating habits, workplace pressures, and personal relationships, this is a comprehensive guide to a physical and psychological makeover. Though following the program requires time and dedication, you'll find it doesn't add stress -- it relieves it!
Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ageless... by Henry Emmons and David AlterIn Staying Sharp, authors Henry Emmons, a psychiatrist, and David Alter, a clinical psychologist, reassure adults that it's possible to retain mental acuity and concentration well into old age. Introducing some basics about brain function and adding nine key components of youthful mental activity, they explain the relationship between physical movement and brain health and conclude with "resources for staying sharp." Following the exercises described in Emmons and Alter's "East-Meets-West Approach," they argue, will help you overcome the sense that you're declining physically and getting mentally dull. This is encouraging news if you chronically misplace your reading glasses!
The Diet Myth: Why the Secret to Health and Weight Loss is Already in Your Gut by Tim SpectorFrustrated by the fact that you can gain weight on the same food that allows your partner to lose it? Welcome to The Diet Myth, which offers an explanation for this phenomenon. Author Tim Spector, a London-based genetics researcher, relates his own story of confusion over conflicting diet plans, then explores the subject of the microbes that live in the human digestive tract. According to Spector, understanding your gut's microbial population is the key to healthier eating. Systematically discussing a range of foods and supplements, he concisely and engagingly explains how to make better food choices, achieve a balanced weight, and say goodbye to frustration.
Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After by Katherine Woodward ThomasAlthough love-marriage-happy-forever is the romantic ideal, relationships often die, and some breakups result in shame, anger, and bitterness. In Conscious Uncoupling, family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas suggests planning an orderly end to a faltering relationship instead of letting it crash and burn. Describing five steps to separation, she includes advice about relationship counseling, wisdom from her own experience and scientific research, and information on co-parenting and financial settlements. If you see your relationship going into a nosedive, Thomas' book can help you achieve a smoother landing.
Great Books You Might Have Missed
Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn... by Amy J.L. Baker and Paul R. FineIn this workbook, parenting expert Amy Baker and psychotherapist Paul Fine provide easy-to-use instructions to support divorced parents whose former partners carry acrimony over into relationships with the children. The book's sample dialogues, written exercises, and mindfulness techniques guide parents through maintaining a safe emotional space and dealing with interference from the other parent. This "genuinely helpful" (Publishers Weekly) tool makes established psychotherapy and parenting practices easily accessible to an embattled parent.
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to... by Jason BoogWhile most parents realize that it's important to raise children who are good readers, many don't know how to help young kids learn. Journalist and publisher Jason Boog offers structured approaches to reading with young children, starting with a chapter on preparing before the baby's birth. He outlines interactive reading techniques beginning in the first year of life and includes information on helping reluctant readers, working together on homemade books, using e-readers and audio books, and the value of comic books. Born Reading is a comprehensive handbook that will inspire parents to enjoy reading with their little ones.
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict CareyCan forgetting be a valuable step in the learning process? Can distractions actually help with studying? In How We Learn, New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey examines these and many other questions that challenge our received models of learning. Drawing on his own experiences as well as a wealth of research on how the brain works, Carey shows how certain activities that supposedly interfere with acquiring knowledge and solving problems may be beneficial for some learners. Whether you're a parent, educator, student, or generally interested in the subject, you'll find this accessible report fascinating.
Growing up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene PellicaneFor a variety of reasons, many American children don't go outside to play unless adults are supervising, while in some households kids stay glued to their tablets or televisions. In Growing Up Social, authors Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane argue that young children should have limited screen time and offer parents methods for teaching their kids relationship skills. Though they're not advocating zero use of tablets or TV, they do want parents to understand the developmental importance of affection, anger management, parental authority, and more. This practical handbook will get young families off to a good start on raising socially skillful kids.
Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Everybody by William PoundstoneIn Rock Breaks Scissors, science writer William Poundstone exposes the fallacies that lead people to make incorrect predictions. He also discusses ways to outwit test-writers, improve your chances in sports pools, and take advantage of apparent winning streaks. Each chapter explains in detail how misunderstanding statistical probability often leads to making the wrong choices in particular situations and indicates ways to avoid common mistakes. Whether you want to improve your odds or you're just fascinated with human behavior, you'll find that this book offers both entertainment and useful advice.
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