Books, Reading and Book Reviews

Books, Reading and Book Reviews, Gratitude

The Gratitude Project

It’s been a while since I shared a book review here, though I’ve been doing a lot of reading and reviewing. (In case you are interested, my reviews of fiction can be found at my other website). As you might have realized, I’m slowly attempting to get back into regular features on this site – #MondayMusings is back and now you’ll see a lot more book reviews and other features back too. With Thanksgiving just two days away, it was only fitting that I restart the reviews with the topic of gratitude – and so here I am with my

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Books, Reading and Book Reviews, Personal Development

The Power of Habit

José first told me about The Power of Habit and it caught my interest. My review of The Power of Habit I found the book educative and entertaining. It’s full of great stories that the author, Charles Duhigg, uses to make his points. He also prescribes how one can change a bad habit. Habits, according to him, are formed by a cycle. A cue triggers behavior (good or bad), then a reward, and then a craving develops to drive a loop of repetitive behavior. The “Power of Habit” is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in long time.

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Books, Reading and Book Reviews, Daring Greatly

This Too Shall Pass

I was happy to be offered an ARC of Julia Samuel’s This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings by the publisher. This Too Shall Pass If change is the natural order of things, why do so many people struggle with the milestones of life – from first jobs and first loves to children leaving home and retirement? We live in a culture of limitless choice – and life is now more complex than ever. In This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings, acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel draws on hours of conversations with her

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Books, Reading and Book Reviews, Self Acceptance and Self Care

Love For Imperfect Things

I’m of the opinion that when we are ready to learn some lessons, things come our way to affirm this learning. As the saying goes, ‘When the student is ready, the Master appears.’ This year, as I’ve shared, is my year of Metta. A year in which I will focus on myself – a year of deeper self-acceptance and focused self-care. And to reaffirm my decision, the publishers of Love For Imperfect Things reached out to me, asking me to review this lovely book. Love For Imperfect Things: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection Book Description

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Books, Reading and Book Reviews, Mental Health

Deconstructing Anxiety

Today I’m happy to share with my interview with Dr Todd Pressman, a psychologist and author of the book, Deconstructing Anxiety. Interview with Dr Todd Pressman, author of Deconstructing Anxiety Welcome to Everyday Gyaan, Dr Pressman. As you explain in Deconstructing Anxiety, everyone has a core fear. Would you shed further light on the basic core fears, how they are our interpretation of danger, and how they shape our view of the world? A core fear is the true fear at the root of our problems.  It is a basic, universal theme of loss that we bought into in early

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Books, Reading and Book Reviews

The Art of Taking It Easy

Today I’m happy to host Dr Brian King the author of The Art of Taking It Easy. Interview with Dr Brian King Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? I was recently reflecting on this. I think I’ve led a very interesting life, at the least it has been really unconventional. I am a high school dropout with a doctorate if that gives you an idea.  After earning my degree in psychology, I bounced around the country from job to job, trying to carve out a career for myself in the world

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