Set a new goal for fitness, figure out how to spend more time with the people you love and learn how to love yourself more by reading this month’s new wellness books.
The Book of Awakening (20th Anniversary Edition)
The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have was first published in 2000 but shot to the top of bestseller lists when it got Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement in 2010. Mark Nepo, who has published more than 22 books and is a columnist at Spirituality & Health magazine, wrote this standard-bearer in wellness books after he was treated for cancer, because he wanted to pass on the lessons he learned for a better life. The 20th anniversary edition features a ribbon marker and subject index. With an essay for every day of the year, each entry is accompanied by an exercise to help awaken the mind.
Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging
Another complete guide to optimizing the human body, mind and spirit, an “all encompassing” book, this one is written by personal trainer and bestselling author Ben Greenfield. Here Greenfield, who describes his work as combining ancient wisdom with modern science, outlines how to maximize cognition, mental clarity, IQ, sleep, fitness and healing.
In a rise and grind world, Aundi Kolber wants her readers to take a different approach. In Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress and Survival Mode and into a Life of Connection and Joy, the counselor and speaker believes you can still go after what you want by understanding how the body and mind were meant to work together. Through the latest findings in psychology, practical clinical exercises and her own personal story, Kolber has written a wellness book that encourages readers to follow their dreams by reconnecting with themselves and engaging in self-compassion.
Not a Diet Book
Written by the popular British personal trainer James Smith, a self-confessed billion-dollar diet industry disruptor, Not a Diet Book: The must-have fitness book from the world’s favourite personal trainer claims to reveal all the fads, phonies and other nonsense that get in the way of genuinely lasting physical health. Smith says it’s about much more than losing fat, and delves into how to address emotional eating, guilt and other confidence-killers.
You’re Not Listening
True listening is one casualty of the digital revolution. Many of us have forgotten what it is like to listen and be part of a real conversation. In You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters, American journalist Kate Murphy explains why we’re not listening, what it’s doing to us and how we can reverse the trend. She explores how we can improve our ability to listen in a variety of scenarios, including at work and while socializing, referencing psychology, neuroscience, and sociology. She also introduces some of the best listeners in the world: think a CIA agent, focus group moderator, bartender, radio producer, and top furniture salesman.
Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind
This followup to 2018’s Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave, by award-winning American illustrator and writer Jessica Hische, brings to life another series of inspirational words and scenes through her lovely hand-lettering and adorable illustrations. This uplifting and positive book encourages children aged 3 to 8 to be more grateful, helpful and kind. A reminder to all readers, young and old, that the smallest gesture of kindness can make a big difference.
Rym Tina Ghazal is a cross-cultural and Arab history expert. She is also a peace ambassador, thought/youth leader, documentarian, lecturer and author for young readers. As an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years’ experience, she was one of the first Arab women to cover war zones in the Middle East, in 2003.