July 2022 MBR The Self-Help Shelf

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Happy Mind, Happy Life
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
BenBella Books
9781637742112, $22.95, PB, 272pp


Synopsis: During his 20 years as a GP, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee has seen first-hand that motivation isn't always enough for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's only when we learn how to support our own mental wellbeing and cultivate core happiness that these choices become easy.

With the publication of "Happy Mind, Happy Life: The New Science of Mental Well-Being", Dr. Chatterjee shares cutting-edge insights into the science of happiness and reveals 10 simple ways to put you back in control of your health. It features real-life case studies and more than 20 practical exercises, including lessons on how to: Find your flow; Create distance from your phone; Deal with criticism

Whether you are at a crisis point or simply want to experience more joy, "Happy Mind, Happy Life: The New Science of Mental Well-Being" will help you feel calmer, more confident, and able to live your life to the full. Your body and mind will thank you.

Critique: Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Happy Mind, Happy Life: The New Science of Mental Well-Being" is beautifully illustrated throughout with full page, full color photography. As 'real world practical' as it is inspiringly motivational, "Happy Mind, Happy Life: The New Science of Mental Well-Being" is the next best thing to sitting in on a Dr. Chatterjee seminar and will prove to be an enduringly appreciated and valued addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Self-Help/Self-Improvement instructional reference collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Happy Mind, Happy Life: The New Science of Mental Well-Being" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Editorial Note: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential doctors in the UK. A practicing GP for the last two decades and resident BBC Breakfast doctor, Dr. Chatterjee wants to inspire people to transform their health through making small, sustainable changes to their lifestyles. Leading the charge on how healthcare and medicine is understood in the UK, Dr. Chatterjee most recently co-created a lifestyle medicine course with the Royal College of GPs, which has now been delivered to over 400 GPs and health care professionals. Host of the #1 iTunes podcast, Feel Better, Live More, and presenter of BBC 1's Doctor in the House, Dr. Chatterjee is the author of two Sunday Times bestselling books and his TED talk, "How to Make Diseases Disappear," has now been viewed over 2.6 million times.

Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas
Genevieve M. Piturro
River Grove Books
c/o Greenleaf Book Group Press
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
9781632992901, $16.95, 202pp


Synopsis: "Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas: How to Transform Your Life, Embrace the Human Connection, and Lead with Meaning" is the story of Genevieve Piturro's triumphant leap off the corporate ladder to find her life's true calling. What started with a simple question from a little girl led Genevieve to conceive of and build the nonprofit Pajama Program in 2001, resulting in a featured appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and an awe-inspiring display of compassion throughout the US and beyond. Today, Pajama Program has distributed over seven million pairs of pajamas, opened 63 chapters across the US, and established reading centers for children.

In her inspirational narrative, Genevieve Piturro shows her readers how to: Notice and listen to the quiet, internal voice nudging you in a new direction; Lead with empathy, passion, and purpose; Realize the importance of the human connection we've lost in our modern world.

Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas brings the reader to the heart of the matter with eye-opening lessons in leadership, personal growth, and the motivational tools to "find your pajamas."

Critique: With a narrative writing style that is ideal for non-specialist general readers an interest in philanthropy and non- profit organizations, is more than simply a well written memoir, it is also inspired and inspiring call for each of us to improve ourselves while improving the world around us. Interested readers will want to note that Benevieve Piturro has a relevant website at https://OneLightOneSpirit.com and that more information on the Pajama Program is available at https://www.PajamaProgram.org. While "Purpose, Passion, and Pajamas: How to Transform Your Life, Embrace the Human Connection, and Lead with Meaning" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and community collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that it is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Editorial Note: Genevieve Piturro founded the hugely successful national non- profit Pajama Program when a six-year-old girl's question almost 20 years ago changed her life forever. After a career in television marketing, she jumped off the corporate ladder. Today, her Pajama Program has delivered seven million Good Nights filled with magical gifts of pajamas and books to children throughout the US. Genevieve is now a professional speaker and consultant, sharing life and leadership lessons she learned through her Pajama Program journey. Genevieve has been the recipient of many awards, including the Shining World Compassion Award; SmartCEO Award of New York; Edith C. Macy Award for Distinguished Service (Westchester Children's Association); Friend of Abbott House Award; ANDRUS's Heart for Children's Award; and the Thomas J. Caramadre, Jr., Humanitarian Award. Her life story has been featured in several books, including Angels on Earth: Inspiring Real-Life Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Kindness by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski and Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie by Paul D. Parkinson. She has a website at https://www.GenevievePiturro.com

The Power of Wellbeing
Clive Elliott
Cogent Publishing NY
c/o The Whitson Group, Inc.
9780925776501, $18.00 Paper / $0.99 ebook, 235pp


Self-help libraries seeking collection additions might at first consider this book another how-to guide for individual growth; but The Power of Wellbeing: A Blueprint For Rebuilding The Social Fabric And Reimagining An Inclusive Society is a powerful pick for social issues holdings, addressing the concept and applications of wellbeing on a society-wide and global level designed to encourage change in not just individuals, but entire cultures. Global wellbeing may sound like an elusive goal. At least, it's been this way for a very long time.

Given COVID-19's "wake-up call to action," there may be revised opportunities to make the sweeping changes considered in this book; especially if it becomes assigned reading for social issues and political science courses and in professional circles alike. Clive Elliott tackles an elusive goal and brings its issues and possibilities into the arena of "achievable." His blueprint involves everything from defining quality of life and its improvement to encouraging positive participation over partisanship and making the basic tenants of the U.S. Declaration of Independence ("...all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men...") part of a global quest for wellbeing.

Idealistic? Sure. Impossible to achieve? Absolutely not. With The Power of Wellbeing, the rebuild process became not just imaginable, but possible. In fact, it's being achieved, in different ways, in countries around the world. Elliot outlines this in endeavors that range from sports competitions and a "win-win Kiwi way" of dealing with opposing parties in dispute to a chart of problems and proposed actions and solutions that tackles some of the basic conundrums faced by societies around the world.

Much more than just a survey of goals to attain, Elliot focuses on the 'how' of such matters, providing concrete strategies that have their foundations in proven avenues of success. The result is a powerful study filled with real-world examples, suggestions based on proven techniques, and wellbeing concepts that reach out to embrace different cultures around the world. It's self-help, but on a global scale.

The Power of Wellbeing should be in any library interested in global change and social issues, and ideally will be on the discussion lists of book clubs, debated in political science circles, and considered by organizations looking to encourage positive change on a global scale.


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