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new book – ‘The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind’ by Jamie Smart

March 26, 2015

Little Book of Clarity

The Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind by Jamie Smart (Capstone, 2015)

(kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.)

Book description from the publisher:

Imagine what you could achieve if you could only clear your mind

The Little Book of Clarity shows you how to clear your head and get things done. Based on bestselling book, Clarity, this new edition has been distilled to the essentials, getting right to the point. With no vague theory or superfluous anecdotes, this book gets you right to work reducing stress and boosting productivity by uncovering your mind’s in-built “self-clearing” capacity. As you begin to understand the concept of innate thinking, the benefits will start emerging in every corner of your life. As you think less, you’ll win more at work, at home, and at the game of life as a whole. You’ll rid your mind of clutter for good as you focus on what matters, and finally free up the time you need to pursue your dreams.

Life’s constant bombardment of “to-do” and “urgent” pushes your own priorities clear off the radar. Before you know it, you’re always busy, but not getting very much accomplished. Personal goals fall by the wayside as you struggle just to keep up with day-to-day life. This book shows you how to cut the noise and clear the fog, and start working on what matters to you. * Harness the power of insight and principles * Discover your true identity and innate wisdom * Build better relationships and stronger connections * Discard toxic goals and pursue authentic desires

Clarity is the mind’s natural state, a state to which it will always return if given the chance. Although it’s evident in children, most adults have had this ability conditioned out of them by our “go-go-go” society, leaving them mentally muddy, stressed, and ineffectual. The Little Book of Clarity helps you erase that conditioning and gain the peace of mind to live a life you love permanently.

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$4.99 kindle ebook on Amazon: ‘Rationality: From AI to Zombies’ by Eliezer Yudkowsky

March 22, 2015

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new book – ‘Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives’ by Gretchen Rubin

March 18, 2015

Better Than Before

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin (Crown, 2015)

(kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.)

Book description from the publisher:

The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? 

Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?

Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.

Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:

• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
• How quickly can I change a habit?
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
• How can I help someone else change a habit?
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?

Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.

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new book – ‘Curiosity’ by Alberto Manguel

March 14, 2015

Curiosity

Curiosity by Alberto Manguel (Yale University Press, 2015)

(kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.)

Book description from the publisher:

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In Alberto Manguel’s most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way.

Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask “Why?” Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.

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Kindle Daily Deal for Thurs. 3/12 – $1.99 for ‘Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career’

March 12, 2015

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