Crises and confinement are opportune moments to reflect on things and improve ourselves.
The current pandemic is forcing many of us into staying at home. Some are forced to work at home, while some are stranded and forced to embrace the hassles of being confined inside the house. But time at home can also be a chance for many of us to reflect, meditate, and improve on certain facets of our existence. ReadersMagnet recommends these 5 books about self-improvement.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
The Mindset is a brilliant book from one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology, Dr. Carol S. Dweck. Published in 2007, the book highlights how success, in any field, can be influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. According to Dr. Dweck, individuals with a fixed mindset are less likely to succeed compared to those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. The book reveals how an idea can be used to achieve greatness, whether you a mother, a teacher, an athlete, a coach, or a manager. Mindset promises to be a worthwhile read during these times of self-reflection.
Fitness Nutrition: The Ultimate Fitness Guide by Nicholas Bjorn
Staying (or working from) at home can be a bit tricky. You have access to food anytime and before you know it, you’re already binge eating. Time spent at home should also be used to improve your physical fitness. Nicholas Bjorn’s Fitness Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide provides an easy guide to achieving a fit and healthy lifestyle. In the book, readers will understand how our bodies process food, which foods can help people achieve certain goals, learn the recipes for muscle growth, and the importance of meal timing. Aside from food, Bjorn also covers exercise including walking and resistance training. Bjorn’s fitness book has earned praise from literary critics and fitness experts, citing it as concise and comprehensive.
The Pursuit of Personal Renaissance Experience by Dr. Peter Justus
The Pursuit of Personal Renaissance Experience: Finding Opportunities for Happiness in the Ever-Present Now is a self-help book published in 2012. The book is a fusion of science and spirituality. The author, Dr. Peter Justus takes a closer look at how we define life’s meaning and our purpose in life. The book talks about how to genuinely fulfill our meaning and be happy with our lives. Dr. Justus emphasized that we must never stop improving ourselves in all areas of our existence- physically, mentally, and spiritually. Self-improvement means understanding each facet of our daily activities and striving to do better in areas that need improvement. Let’s join Dr. Justus in achieving happiness in life.
The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart
There is probably a no better time to learn new skills than now, where you have plenty of time at home. Martha Stewart is one of the most well-known lifestyle experts in America. She is a leading authority on many aspects of homemaking- cooking, gardening, cleaning, decorating, and even care for domestic animals. The Martha Manual is filled with essential life skills. It is filled with hundreds of ideas, instructions, tips, as well as inspirations for maintaining a lovely and well-organized household. Stewart also provides several solutions to both common and not-so-common issues we encounter in our homes. The book is a great way to spend your time at home and improve on your DIY skill set.
PeopleSmart: Developing Your Interpersonal Intelligence by Mel Silberman
Almost ten years after it was first published, Mel Silberman’s PeopleSmart: Developing Your Interpersonal Intelligence, remains a relevant guide to dealing with other people, no matter what industry you belong to. The book features the eight essential skills of interpersonal intelligence and introduces an efficient plan on how to be better in every relationship- bosses, co-employees, partner, family, and friends. Mel Silberman presents to readers a realistic approach, a four-step plan to self-improvement, along with creative exercises, examples, and tools. PeopleSmart is a book that will empower readers to create strong relationships and how to effectively work in harmony with other people.