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Brain workout

Reading doesn’t just help with your critical thinking, but it also improves your brain function. Consider what happens when you work a muscle every day. That muscle grows and becomes much stronger than before. Reading works much the same way for your mind. The constant stimulation of the brain that a book provides is similar to the exercise required to work a muscle; it strengthens the separate parts of the brain that control your thinking and analysing skills.

So enjoy this weeks list of books for your brain workout…

The 12 Step Mind-Body-Food Reset. Jessica Sepel

Clinical nutritionist and health blogger Jessica Sepel has helped tens of thousands of people transform their health by improving their relationship with food and their body.

Through her own experiences and those of her patients and online audience, Jessica knows that the most reliable path to creating sustainable health habits is to address the emotional component first. She offers a wholesome, balanced way of eating, relaxing and exercising that allows women to reconnect with their body and mind and shut off the noise of fad diets and mixed messages.

In The 12-Step Mind-Body-Food Reset, Jessica shares her 12 key pieces of practical advice for overcoming disordered eating, achieving weight balance and creating good habits for life.

Learn how to:
* Speak to yourself with kindness
* Set up a nourishing morning and evening routine
* Spend an hour prepping for a healthy week
* Manage your stress so it doesn’t manage you
* Combat sugar cravings, for life
* Focus on your health, not your weight.

Each chapter contains a single principle that is simple, achievable and self-contained, allowing readers to focus on one issue at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time.

The Progress Principle. Using small wins to ignite joy, engagement and creativity at work Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

What motivates employees? As a manager, you need to know why people come to work every day, what makes them stay — and what drives them to perform at their best. According to Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, the best leaders are able to build a cadre of employees who have satisfying inner work lives: consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. To do this, you must create forward momentum in meaningful work — and steer clear of the obstacles that undermine inner work life. Through rigorous analysis of nearly 12,000 diary entries provided by hundreds of employees in several different organizations, Amabile and Kramer explain how you can foster progress and enhance your people’s inner work life every day — in the process boosting long-term creative productivity. The book shows how you can remove common barriers to progress, such as meaningless tasks and toxic relationships, and emphasizes how these factors can disrupt employees’ inner work lives. The Progress Principle also explains how you can activate two forces that enable progress: “catalysts” — events that directly facilitate project work, such as clear goals and autonomy; and “nourishers” — interpersonal events that uplift workers, including encouragement and demonstrations of respect and collegiality. Filled with honest, real-life examples, compelling insights, and practical advice, The Progress Principle equips aspiring and seasoned leaders alike with the guidance they need to maximize people’s performance.

Talking to Strangers. What we should know about the people we don’t know. Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers–and why they often go wrong.
How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?
Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky paedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller,

David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

Cilka’s Journey. Sequel to the Tattooist of Auschwitz. Heather Morris

Her beauty saved her life – and condemned her. In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle. Innocent and imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love. Based on what is known of Cilka Klein’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka’s Journey is the breathtaking sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. A powerful testament to the triumph of the human will, this novel will make you weep, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman’s fierce determination to survive, against all odds. ‘She was the bravest person I ever met’ Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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