Book Reviews

How to Deal with Sensory Overload as a Sensitive Person – Happiness Article

Have you ever been told that you are “too sensitive?” If so, you’re not alone. Sensitivity implies a certain heightened reaction to external stimuli: experiences, noise, chatter, others’ emotional expression, sound, light, or other environmental changes. Sensitivity and high empathy are common experiences for many people, but some people experience these qualities to more severe degrees—and don’t realize that they can be hallmarks of Asperger’s, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing sensitivity, and other traits. This essay is adapted from Divergent Mind:…

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I Did Not Quit My Mundane Job After Reading Robin Sharma’s Book – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I don’t know if you can relate with me, but ever since I stepped into university, I have dreamt of changing the world (I think most people do). The naïve me thought that the world would be my playground as soon as I graduated from one of the best universities, and then I would be on the path of achieving great things (including working in a Fortune 500 company!) Things, however, did not turn out to be as I expected.…

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How Cosleeping Can Help You and Your Baby – Happiness Article

Few parenting conversations in early childhood elicit as much angst and judgment as the one about our children’s sleep: Where should they sleep, and how do we get them to sleep through the night? We label newborn babies as “good,” or not, depending on how much they disturb us in the nighttime, or we believe babies’ sleep is a reflection of our parenting competence. But our beliefs and decisions about children’s sleep are more a reflection of the culture we…

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How to Break Free of Emotional Eating – Happiness Article

Do you have struggles around eating? If you do, you’re not alone. In the United States, millions of people will fit the diagnosis for binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Many more have less severe eating issues—such as obsessing over calorie counting or feeling shame when they eat “bad” foods—that wreak havoc on their health and happiness. Often, people with problematic eating patterns are worried about their weight and attempt to lose weight by cycling through dieting…

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Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens – Book Review – Self Improvement Article

Yuval Noah Harari is an interesting phenomenon. For a historian, he’s extremely popular. In a culture dominated by Instagram celebrities and teenage Youtubers, he stands out as a solid professional, astute thinker and prolific writer, with best-sellers like “Sapiens” or “21 Lessons for The 21st Century”. That’s quite a lot to put into a single package. When I bought the book “Sapiens” I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever, although the sheer size of it – it’s one of those “brick”…

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Top 10 Career Books to Help You Do Purpose-Driven, Passion-fueled WorkPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

Whether you’re new to the job market, or happen to be looking for a new path professionally, the following 10 career books will help you make that happen. These are the books you need to read in order to find and do work you love or take your career to the next level.  Do you know your WHY? Here’s mine: ”To inspire, empower, and educate people everywhere so that they can improve their lives and achieve their goals.” Every single…

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In a Divided World, We Need to Choose Empathy – Happiness Article

As I dialed the number, my palms began to sweat. The person on the other end wasn’t a loan officer or angry lawyer; he was an old friend and we were about to catch up. This should all be mildly pleasant but was instead nerve-wracking. You see, I had reached out to him because we had a problem.  Over the years, my friend’s politics and my own had taken incompatible turns. On social media, I saw him growing reactionary; he…

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Embrace the Power of the Pause – Self Improvement Article

  I’m honored to host a guest post by Courtney Carver from Be More With Less.  She’s been an inspiration to me in my personal and professional life, online and off. This week she’s releasing her new book, Soulful Simplicity: How Living With Less Can Lead to So Much More, which I highly recommend.  In this book, she shows us how to simplify to create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love. She invites us to look at…

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Everything You Need to Start Your Mindfulness Practice – Meditation Article

As mindfulness becomes more mainstream, many people still wonder what it is and how to do it. Mindfulness is simply being present to whatever is in your life in the moment and noticing it without judgment.  While being present is certainly a challenge with all the constant distractions around you, tugging for your attention, the ‘without judgment’ part is equally as challenging. Judging doesn’t only mean negative connotations.  It means labeling of any kind.  Good or bad, happy or sad,…

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How To Find The Therapy You Need – Self Improvement Article

When readers leave comments here on Simple Mindfulness asking for help or advice, I do my best to share what I know that may help.  In some cases, that’s enough.  In others, it’s clear that the reader needs more in-depth help than I can offer in a comment.  In those cases, I frequently recommend that the person seek professional help – a licensed therapist of some sort. But how does one go about seeking such help?  What are the steps? …

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