Reviews of Non-fiction Books to Read — Lifestyle

The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

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The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

You are not alone if you find life to be difficult at times. Life is a constant source of stress. Every little thing adds up, from pressure at work to stress at home, unopened emails to dishes left unwashed - and the continuous existential anguish doesn't get any easier. The good news is that there is a simple remedy for stress: sleep. It was for this reason that the Rest Test, the biggest study on rest ever undertaken, attempted to identify exactly those activities individuals regard to be the most restful. The quiz took 40 minutes to complete and received responses from over 18,000 individuals from 135 countries in 2016. The top ten restful activities were also included in the book The Art of Rest. These notes provide insight into five of the ten actions described above. Their explanations of both why these activities are restorative and how obtaining the proper type of rest may enhance your life are interwoven throughout the book.

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Food Fix by Dr. Mark Hyman

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Food Fix by Dr. Mark Hyman

Take a closer look at the ingredients the next time you purchase a package of potato chips or a can of Coke. Isn't it true that they all sound so innocent? Corn syrup, wheat starch, and soybean oil are all used. They do, however, contain the key to a great deal of the suffering that we see around us. Food that has been overly processed is harming ourselves and the environment. It's the driving force behind the terrible statistics on heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. And it is to blame for the massive quantity of CO2 that has been emitted into the atmosphere in recent years. Is there a decline in the number of honey bees? Is it possible to have a summer without butterflies? You probably guessed it. Agroindustrialization, which is needed to create all of the junk food we consume, is destroying the natural environment and hastening the acceleration of climate change.

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When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté M.D.

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When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté M.D.

What would you do if a friend phoned to inform you that she was in terrible agony and was unable to walk because of the discomfort? Would you describe her as "weak" and advise her to "simply shrug her shoulders"? Alternatively, would you demand that she go to the hospital — and maybe even accompany her there on your own initiative? Most likely, you'll choose to take the latter course of action. But what if the tables were reversed, and you were the one who was suffering from the same excruciating discomfort? It is common for many of us to believe that we are powerful, if not indestructible. It is possible for us to persuade ourselves that we can manage any amount of bodily or mental suffering, either by suppressing it, ignoring it, or becoming preoccupied with other people's issues.

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

As we go through these notes, we will discuss ways to bring about positive change in your life. It turns out that cultivating proper habits is the most straightforward method of effecting good change. Continue reading to learn all you need to know about habits, including what they are, how to develop them, and, most importantly, how to make the best ones stay. If you follow a few basic guidelines and make minor behavioral adjustments, you may get incredible results. Read on for more information. So let us get this party started!

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Spread both of your arms out as wide as you possibly can, and let the space between your two hands symbolize the history of the Earth's evolution. What proportion of this distance will be occupied by human history? Maybe one arm all the way up to the elbow? Do you need a hand? Is it a finger? This is not even close. The use of a strong microscope would be required if one wished to observe the amount of space occupied by humans. Although we have only been in existence for a very short period of time, we have accomplished a great deal in that little time. No other species has come close to achieving the level of dominance over the world that humans have. So, how has all of this been made possible? In these notes, we will look at some of the most important events in human history, ranging from the formation of language to the invention of money, that have shaped who we are as a species. Find out in these notes why farming really made people worse off; why writing was created to track down defaulted obligations; and why the past few decades have been the most peaceful in recorded history.

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