Category: Personal Transformation
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference
Product rating: 4.6 with 34 reviews
Most of us want to make a difference. We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronize businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place. Unfortunately, we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotions rather than facts. As a result, even our best intentions often lead to ineffective—and sometimes downright harmful—outcomes. How can we do better?
While a researcher at Oxford, trying to figure out which career would allow him to have the greatest impact, William MacAskill confronted this problem head on. He discovered that much of the potential for change was being squandered by lack of information, bad data, and our own prejudice. As an antidote, he and his colleagues developed effective altruism, a practical, data-driven approach that allows each of us to make a tremendous difference regardless of our resources. Effective altruists believe that it’s not enough to simply do good; we must do good better.
At the core of this philosophy are five key questions that help guide our altruistic decisions: How many people benefit, and by how much? Is this the most effective thing I can do? Is this area neglected? What would have happened otherwise? What are the chances of success, and how good would success be? By applying these questions to real-life scenarios, MacAskill shows how many of our assumptions about doing good are misguided. For instance, he argues one can potentially save more lives by becoming a plastic surgeon rather than a heart surgeon; measuring overhead costs is an inaccurate gauge of a charity’s effectiveness; and, it generally doesn’t make sense for individuals to donate to disaster relief.
MacAskill urges us to think differently, set aside biases, and use evidence and careful reasoning rather than act on impulse. When we do this—when we apply the head and the heart to each of our altruistic endeavors—we find that each of us has the power to do an astonishing amount of good.
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Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance
by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Product rating: 4.5 with 2 reviews
Oh, happy day! Make every day a happy one with this cheerful gift book combining Snoopy’s happy dance with joyful quotes on dancing and life.
Snoopy is the quintessential cartoon dog smile-bringer. From his bantering with Woodstock to his fantasy life, it’s no wonder that he’s the most popular Peanuts
cartoon character! And he’s never more endearing than when he’s expressing his ultimate joy of life by doing his happy dance (much to Lucy’s dismay!).
In the Keep Calm and Carry On
tradition of keeping a stiff upper lip, Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance
urges you to maintain peace by celebrating the happiness of dance and being grateful for all the joys that there are in life.
More than 100 quotes and sayings are included in this charming gift book, highlighted with cartoons showing Snoopy in all his dancing splendor.
“To those of us with real understanding, dancing is the only pure art form!” — Snoopy
“I want women to be liberated and still be able to have a nice ass and shake it.” — Shirley MacLaine
“Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?” — Lewis Carroll
“Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” –Maya Angelou
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Deliberate Receiving: Finally, the Universe Makes Some Freakin’ Sense!
by: Hay House UK
Product rating: 4.9 with 9 reviews
Deliberate Receiving: Finally, the Universe Makes Some Freakin’ Sense! is a hilarious, fun, but deeply practical guide for anyone who was inspired and excited by the promise of The Secret, but felt that it fell flat when it came to the actual details of how to manifest your desires in real life.
Outrageously fun, infinitely logical and full of practical, applicable wisdom, Melody’s humorous, no-BS style is paired with an astounding ability to bring through higher guidance that will help you make seismic shifts in your understanding of what has been holding you back. This book guides you through a step-by-step approach to figuring out what you truly want, why you don’t have it yet and exactly what you need to do to get it. It will leave you uplifted and empowered to deliberately receive more abundance, fun and passion in your life.
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Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destruc tive Behavior
Product rating: 4.4 with 43 reviews
The bestselling author of Undoing Depression offers a brain-based guide to permanently ending bad habits
Richard O’Connor’s bestselling book Undoing Depression has become a touchstone in the field, helping thousands of therapists and patients overcome depressive patterns. In Rewire, O’Connor expands those ideas, showing how we actually have two brains—a conscious deliberate self and an automatic self that makes most of our decisions—and how we can train the latter to ignore distractions, withstand temptations, and interrupt reflexive, self-sabotaging responses. Rewire gives readers a road–map to overcoming the most common self-destructive habits, including procrastination, excessive worrying, internet addiction, overeating, risk-taking, and self-medication, among others.
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Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant’s Journey with Asperger’s
by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Product rating: 4.4 with 26 reviews
From the best freestyle surfer in the world, an inspiring and moving memoir about his ascendance to the top of the surfing world while struggling for most of his young life with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome
Clay Marzo has an almost preternatural gift with a surfboard. From his first moments underwater (he learned to swim at two months old) to his first ventures atop his father’s surfboard as a toddler, it was obvious that Marzo’s single-minded focus on all things surfing was unique. But not until late in his teens, when this surfing phenom was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, did the deeper reasons for his obsession—and his astonishing gift for surfing—become clear.
Just Add Water is the remarkable story of Marzo’s rise to the top of the pro surfing world—and the personal trials he overcame in making it there. Marzo endured a difficult childhood. He was a colicky baby who his mother found could be soothed only with water. Later, as he entered school, his undiagnosed Asperger’s made it tough for him to relate to his peers and fit in, but his relationship with the wave was elemental. Marzo could always turn to surfing, the only place where he truly felt at peace.
Unflinching and inspiring, Just Add Water is a brave memoir from a one-of-a-kind surfing savant who has electrified fans around the world with his gift and whose story speaks boldly to the hope and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
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The Path of the Priestess: Discover Your Divine Purpose
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 4.8 with 36 reviews
THE POWER OF WOMEN TO CREATE MONUMENTAL CHANGE WAS A GIVEN IN TIMES PAST. Exceptional women held their place in front of the temple, as priestesses, guides and oracles, wise leaders and medicine women. The world needs feminine leadership today more than ever, and as the new paradigm of the Divine Feminine defines itself, real leaders are emerging, guiding women to finding their “true voice,” and offering solutions for our troubled world. The Path of the Priestess is a collaboration between ten of today’s most radical feminine leaders, each having woken from their own “dark night of the soul” in order to evolve, discover their divine purpose, and lead others. Each author shares her vulnerable truth—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and peels off the mask to show you what it’s really like behind the scenes of a modern day feminine leader in the global consciousness revolution. THIS PATH IS NOT AN EASY ONE. But this book is a clarion call for your fearlessness and active evolution. So join this journey, transform, and discover your own Divine Purpose so you can carry the torch for others to follow.
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Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend
Product rating: 4.3 with 25 reviews
Many people are used to showing compassion to others. What many of us have trouble with is showing that same compassion to ourselves. Too often we say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend. All this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives.
Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants readers to stop beating themselves up. Grounding her advice in the Bible, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with ourselves. Through inspiring stories of transformation, she helps us learn to show ourselves the kind of grace and understanding we offer to others–and to change our relationships, our outlook on life, and our view of ourselves in the process.
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