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Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lives...

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human ExpertsThis book predicts the decline of today's professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them. In an internet-enhanced society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.The Future of the Professions explains how increasingly capable technologies - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will place the 'practical expertise' of the finest specialists at the fingertips of everyone, often at no or low cost and without face-to-face interaction.The authors challenge the 'grand bargain' - the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of their best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose five new models for producing and distributing expertise in society.The book raises profound policy issues, not least about employment (they envisage a new generation of 'open-collared workers') and about control over online expertise (they warn of new 'gatekeepers') - in an era when machines become more capable than human beings at most tasks.With a new preface exploring recent critical developments, this updated edition builds on the authors' groundbreaking research into more than a dozen professions. Illustrated with numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.

Author: Richard Susskind &  Daniel Susskind

Publisher : OUP Oxford; Updated edition (3 May 2022)

Language: English

Paperback: : 592 pages

Chemical Khichdi: How I Hack My Mental Health This is a great book for mental health caregivers. Finally, it’s a book of hope … in Aparna’s words, “you can be happy, successful and bipolar. Mental disorders are chemical imbalances as we know now and as written nothing to do with personality, family upbringing and can be managed well like diabetes and hypertension provided one accesses a professional, medicines and has family support. These disorders are common but it is not spoken as people find it shameful, carry stigma which is natural and Ms. Aparna has written it in a lucid manner in chapter 4. She has put periods and how she has progressed and her daily schedule. It shows that this does not hamper intellect and one can go about doing their work through the ups and downs of the illness. This is a huge revelation. There are degrees of the disorders but a lot of them can manage and work. Chapter 5 team sport is very important as most of the people want to stay away as they think they will come at harm but actually the person gets harmed from other people more due to their attitudes. The spiritual and lifestyle therapy part add a dimension and rightly said as a garden of mental wellness. page 230 quote - It is well managed and is not a life sentence is so illuminating as this can relieve a lot of burden what people go through. Chapter 12 future therapies is a very good insight with metabolic psychiatry. Her description of her family life, education and how she has dealt with her life in parallel, how her sons, husband and extended family handle it is very important as this is a key to manage it well. Further to this, to accept it and discuss it so well has given hope to a lot of people who suffer families and can help in normalizing it to a large extent. A lot of people are in denial and this scientific, treatment and management pathway will help people cope with it better. One only needs the courage to take the first step to meet a mental health expert and rest will fall through with the 7 steps mentioned.

Author: Aparna Piramal Raje

Publisher : Penguin eBury Press (6 May 2022)

Language: English

Paperback: : 288 pages

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living, 2nd Edition by Russ HarrisBuild a more satisfying and meaningful life with this best-selling guide to freeing yourself from depression, anxiety, and insecurity through Acceptance and Commitment TherapyAre you, like millions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life. The techniques presented in The Happiness Trap will help readers to:• Reduce stress and worry• Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively• Break self-defeating habits• Overcome insecurity and self-doubt• Create a rich, full, and meaningful life

Author: Dr Russ Harris 

Publisher : Exisle Publishing; 2nd edition (3 November 2021))

Language: English

Paperback: : 398 pages

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Morning sun in Wuhan: This book is a must-read. It was emotional and beautiful, a very sweet story of a young girl who is facing the realities of the pandemic as it begins in Wuhan. It takes place months before the lockdown happened in North America and it shows the intense realities of peoples’ lives and how they were impacted when COVID first emerged. Mei is living in Wuhan during the emergence of Covid-19. Her mother passed away tragically years ago, and her father is a respiratory doctor. Thirteen-year-old Mei loves to play video games and cook but spends a lot of time alone in her home as she has recently lost her mother and her father is a doctor who works extremely long hours, even more so as the hospitals begin to rapidly fill up.  During the initial outbreak, she is left alone to take care of herself while her father is on the frontlines. Her greatest ambition in life is to become a chef, and when her Aunty finally allows her to help at the emergency kitchen, she and her friends cook and deliver meals for frontline workers and neighbors that are too elderly or ill to cook for themselves.
This is a great book for kids to see in the protagonist that good deeds and hard work can help change the world for those around you. A really well-told tale and I recommend it not just for the 8+ targeted age range, I think it's perfect reading for adults too.

Author: Ying Chang Compestine

Publisher : Clarion Books (November 8, 2022)

Language: English

Paperback: :208 pages

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This is an enlightening book, which tells us how to live a life without excuses. It lay emphasis on the methods which can help to achieve "Zero Excuse" Attitude and life. In Stop the Excuses, Dr Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness and health. You may know what to think but find it terribly difficult to actually change thinking habits that have been with you since childhood. People are forever using excuses and defending those excuse patterns as if they were actually true. Such statements as It would be very difficult for me to change, If I changed, it would create family dramas, I’m too old/young to change, and I have always been this way are all excuses that are used regularly without challenging the truth of these thinking habits. When you eliminate excuses that explain your shortcomings or failures, you’ll awaken to your infinite possibilities. Wayne Walter Dyer was a popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer. His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones has sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. It is said to have "humanistic ideas to the masses".

Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer  Compestine

Publisher : Hay House

Language: English

Paperback: : 288 pages

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Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you wake up? And the last thing you see before you sleep? Do you find the hours slip away as you idly scroll through your social media timeline?
In short, are you addicted to your phone? If so, How to Break Up with Your Phone is here to help.
How to break up with Your Phone is a smart, practical, and useful plan to help you conquer your mobile phone addiction in just 30 days - and take back your life in the process.
Recent studies have shown that spending extended time on our phones affects our ability to form new memories, think deeply, focus and absorb information, and the hormones triggered every time we hear our phones buzz both add to our stress levels and are the hallmark signs of addiction. In How to Break Up with Your Phone, award-winning science journalist Catherine Price explores the effects that our constant connectivity is having on our brains, bodies, relationships, and society at large and asks, how much time do you really want to spend on your phone?
Over the course of 30 days, Catherine will guide you through an easy-to-follow plan that enables you to identify your goals, priorities, and bad habits; tidy your apps, prune your email, and take time away. Lastly, you will create a new, healthier relationship with your phone and establish habits and routines to ensure this new relationship sticks.
You don't have to give up your phone forever; instead, you will be more mindful not only of how you use your phone but also about how you choose to spend the precious moments of your life.

The most helpful tips:
1- Delete all social media apps from your smartphone. Use social media only from the browser.
2- Cut your notifications to a minimum. Allow them only for calls, texts, and messaging apps.
3- Phase: take scheduled breaks from your phone. Turn it off completely for a specified period of time.

Author: Catherine Price

Publisher : Ten Speed Press (February 13, 2018)

Language: English

Paperback: : 192 pages

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Happiness is a Choice You Make. Learn How to Have a Happy Mind.

Do you feel stressed and anxious when despite your best efforts, things don’t turn out the way you expected? or

Do you feel overwhelmed and confused about why happiness doesn’t last long even if you achieve some of your goals?

For most people, generating happiness remains a challenge for as long as a lifetime, because they look for happiness at wrong places.

They base their happiness solely on material things like money, possessions, or other people. They think rich people are happier or their happiness depends on events like the new year or celebrations solely. But that’s a big happiness myth.

Do you want to explore how happiness happens really?

In fact, happiness starts with you - when you make a choice to become happier.

Learn Psychology, Neuroscience, and the Art of happiness, Master Powerful Habits, and Invite a State of Unconditional Happiness

BUILD A HAPPIER BRAIN is both a theory as well as offers a lot of practical ways to be happier. It will enrich your rational brain with psychological theories and neuroscience based on decades of happiness research, and alongside tell you about how of happiness through daily effective habits invites joy in your personal life, work life and relationships.

Author: Som Bathla

Publisher :  Independently published

Language: English

Paperback: :188  pages

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GET OUT OF MY HEAD: Are you an overthinker? You're not alone! In a world full of deadlines, and technology, and constant stress, anxiety sometimes feels inevitable. But what if you learned to ride the wave of anxiety, instead of getting lost in it? Get out of My Head is here to help, providing guidance and inspiration for anxious overthinkers of all sorts. This compact, illustrated book offers soothing techniques for understanding anxiety and moving through the traps of overthinking. Aimed at a modern audience looking for support and community, this beautifully illustrated guide offers a joyful, manageable way to deal with anxiety and quiet stressful thoughts through easy exercises, bite-sized takeaways, and calming visuals.
Written by Meredith Arthur, founder of the popular mental health platform Beautiful Voyager, and illustrated by Leah Rosenberg, this charming alternative to technical mental health guides walks readers through the process of building awareness around anxiety, identifying triggers, moving through blocks, building healthy boundaries, and developing an arsenal of tools for thriving. With actionable tips throughout, and a special section on dealing with end-of-year anxieties, this striking volume also includes a small, saddle-stitched secondary book -- meant to act like a weighted blanket in book form for help on the go -- in a concealed

GET OUT OF MY HEAD is an elegant guide to coping with daily overthinking and anxiety. This book is soothing and practical. It's not just a random self-help book, but a collection of tested ideas and anecdotes for how to manage anxious thoughts.

Author: Meredith Arthur

Publisher :  Running Press Adult (5 May 2020)

Language: English

Paperback: : 112  pages

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Emotions, the mere word that has been creating some of the biggest problems in our life, right? But why so?Being able to feel something and create different emotions are the blessings that we are lucky to have. Yet somehow, we all struggle with our emotions at some point of time in our life.

So, here is this book, Master Your Emotions that teaches us how emotions are born, how we can get the hold of them, how we can stay positive, how we can fight against negative ones and how above all we can come in harmony with our mind, and emotions.

 Master Your Emotions is the ‘how-to’ manual your parents should have given you at birth. By reading it, you’ll learn how to deal with negative emotions so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life. In this book, you’ll learn: • A simple formula to reprogram your mind so that you experience more positive emotions • 31 simple coping strategies to deal with negative emotions • How to change your story to take better control over your life • Practical exercises to deal with stress, defensiveness, jealousy, fear, and other negative emotions • How to use your emotions to boost your personal growth • And much more Master Your Emotions is packed with practical exercises that will have an immediate positive impact on your emotional well-being. So, if you want to overcome negative feelings, take control over your emotional state and live a more positive and peaceful life, buy this book now.

Author: Thibaut Meurisse

Publisher :  Wisdom Tree (1 January 2020)

Language: English

Paperback: : 224 pages

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Why do emotions feel automatic? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many more, revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain. Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology—and this paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for us all.
Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed at the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought. Its repercussions are already shaking the foundations not only of psychology but also of medicine, the legal system, child-rearing, meditation, and even airport security.

Author: Lisa Feldman Barrett

Publisher : Mariner Books; Illustrated edition (March 7, 2017)

Language: English

Paperback: : 448 pages

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Written by renowned author, speaker, and management speaker Dr. Spencer Johnson and introduced by Kenneth Blanchard, 'Who Moved My Cheese?’ is a world-famous, motivational tale shedding light on how to deal with change in an organization and as well as in personal life. It is a simple story that illustrates how people must embrace change and should adapt to new situations with open mind and motivated spirit. Compiled as a hilarious story, the book revolves around Sniff and Scurry, two mice, who are also the main characters in the story and two little people Hem and Haw. All these four imaginary characters highlight how human mind work when it comes to change. While the word “cheese” is used as a representation for all the desires one wishes for in life—whether it be a loving and blossoming relationship, good job, health or spiritual peace of mind. Written for all ages, the 96-page motivation tale creatively covers how fear and anger take over mind when one is forced to change and how moving in a new direction can bring better results even in a hopeless situation. Published in 1998, it was New York Times business bestseller and remained on the list for approximately five years in a row. Ideal for management professionals and people who are reluctant to change, the books lets one discover inner strength and help to deal with changes without compromising overwork and relations. About the Author: Earlier known for his ValueTales series of kids’ books, Spencer Johnson shot to limelight with Who Moved My Cheese. He has authored several books that have made it to New York Times bestsellers list. His other book that received wide acclaim includes The One Minute Manager.

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A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century and has sold over 2 million copies.

Ever wondered how the universe was created? How do seasons change? How earth and the moon were formed? If you want answers to all these questions without getting bogged down by heavy scientific mumbo-jumbo, then this is the right book for you.

Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. As a result, A Short History of Nearly Everything reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher : Black Swan; Latest edition (16 June 2016)

Language: English

Paperback: : 672 pages

Author: DR Spencer Johnson

Publisher : RHUK; 1st edition (4 March 1999); Vermilion

Language: English

Paperback: : 96 pages

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A must have book for having a focus on your thought processes & being conscious for the same.  We all know that our mind is very powerful and it’s beyond our control but this book taught us an interesting thing - we can engineer our mind to be happy like a child. The concepts and the techniques mentioned in the book are amazing.

Our physical self is the manifestation of our mind and we become what we think.
Neuroscientists say that in childhood, our brains are naturally structured to be happy. Nature envisages us to be healthy and happy in order to lead a purposeful and fulfilling life. However, as we grow older, positive feelings like love, peace and joy often become distant mirages. So, what goes wrong? Why can’t we control and manage our minds, thoughts, emotions and behaviour?
The reason is our life is driven by our subconscious mind, or the ego-mind, which includes our
beliefs and perceptions. In fact, most of us are not aware that 80 per cent of our thoughts—out
of about 60,000 per day—are negative and repetitive, resulting in negative emotions and adverse behavioural patterns. Hence, we end up living in a negative zone most of our adult life, resulting in stress, problems, mental pain and ill-health.
Then, how can we regain this paradise lost? The solution lies in bringing in higher awareness of
our subconscious mind, then reprogramming it and finally following a lifestyle driven by this new awareness, the consciousness. Mind Engineering is a revolutionary approach—a powerful blend of modern scientific knowledge and ancient spiritual wisdom—which is aimed to make you have a life filled with love, peace, joy, good health and wellness.
The question is: are you willing and ready for this awakening and transformation

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Every problem comes with a solution. When you talk about your problem, somewhere, the possibility of solving the problem also comes along. This is the idea that the book, Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do! by Robert Schuller revolves around. A very uplifting and motivational read, this book wants its readers to understand that no matter how long or dark the night has been it's always followed by a dawn and a bright sunny day. The author urges that his readers should never to give up, despite repetitive failures since there is always a way out of any tough situation. He talks about various turbulent situations that people face in their daily lives. for example, unemployment, long term illness, death of loved ones and various other types of scary situations that can hinder a person's journey towards success. The writer guides his readers by providing a number of principles to cope up with all these issues. He gives four easy-to-follow steps to examine the viability of new ideas. He has also included eighteen leadership rules and techniques to avoid burnouts in this book. The best thing about all the ideas mentioned in Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do! are, that they are written and explained in such a way that they will work in almost any situation. A truly inspirational read, this book promises a positive change in the outlook of its readers and is a guide to build a positive self-image. The re-issue edition of this book was published by RHUS in 1984 and is available in mass market paperback. Key Features: This book was on the New York Times bestseller list for over six months.

Author: Robert H. Schuller

Publisher :RHUS; Reissue edition (1 May 1984)

Language: English

Paperback: : 240 pages

Author: Cyril C. George

Publisher  Rupa Publications India (5 सितंबर 2022)

Language: English

Paperback: : 

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A story that helps people to handle any unexpected situations in a much calmer way. In Our Iceberg is Melting a simple fable about penguins illustrates how to conquer change, with profound lessons for working and living in an ever-changing world. This charming story about a penguin colony in Antarctica illustrates key truths about how we deal with the issue of change: handle the challenge well and you can prosper greatly; handle it poorly and you put yourself at risk. The penguins are living happily on their iceberg as they have done for many years. Then one curious penguin discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home – and pretty much no one listens to him.The characters in this fable are like people we recognize, even ourselves. Their story is one of resistance to change and heroic action, confusion and insight, seemingly intractable obstacles, and the most clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It is a story that is occurring in different forms around us today – but the penguins handle change a great deal better than most of us. Based on John Kotter's pioneering work on how to make smart change happen faster and better, the lessons you can learn from this short and easy-to-read book will serve you well in your job, in your family, and in your community. And these lessons are becoming ever more important as the world around us changes faster and faster. This edition celebrates ten years since the publication of this classic business fable with new and improved illustrations and a foreword by Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese?

Author: John Kotter 

Publisher  Pan (23 जुलाई 2020); Pan Macmillan India

Language: English

Paperback : 160

To be Continued...

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