January Self-Help – A life worth living

A New Year selection to inspire you to make the most of life by guiding you to a truer, better self and helping you pinpoint what really matters to you, prioritise and learn to say NO. Wisdom in several cases comes from people approaching death and reflecting back on their own lives.

Syndetics book coverYour year for change : 52 reflections for regret-free living
“Having spent several years listening to, and then writing about the regrets of dying people, Bronnie Ware understands the importance of acknowledging death and finding the courage to live a happy and authentic life in the meantime. In this tender yet influential collection, Bronnie Ware shares 52 inspiring stories, woven among observations from her daily life, strengthening you with the values needed for regret-free living. Bronnie’s ability to open your eyes to new perspectives will also open your heart to new strengths and dreams. “Your Year for Change” is a gentle and powerful book that will leave you determined to embrace your life, forgive your past, honor your heart, and create a regret-free future of happiness and wonder.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDesign your life
“Design plays an essential role in our daily lives. You don’t have to be a designer to design your life. But it doesn’t hurt to have some professional help. It took designer Vince Frost more than 25 years as a professional to appreciate the power of the design process as a means for improving his life. ‘If my design process brings value to me, perhaps it can bring value to others. Or, more radically, bring others to recognise their own value.’ This book will not solve your problems but it will inspire you to work better at living better.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhy mindfulness is better than chocolate : your guide to inner peace, enhanced focus and deep happiness
“Mindfulness practice can help you reduce stress, improve performance, manage pain and increase wellbeing. These are the reasons why elite athletes, performing artists and business leaders are taking up the practice, and why it is being introduced into the world’s most successful companies, banks, business schools – even the US Army…David Michie introduces mindfulness practice and offers innovative solutions to common obstacles. Drawing on ancient Buddhist teachings and contemporary science, he also takes us beyond ‘mindfulness lite,’ offering lucid instructions on how to experience the pristine nature of one’s own consciousness directly. It will make chocolate taste better too!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPlaying big : find your voice, your vision and make things happen
“The groundbreaking book that gives every woman the practical skills they need to begin playing big. Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership: women with tremendous talent, ideas and ambition were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were “playing small” in their lives and careers and wanted to “play bigger” but didn’t know how. And so, Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from inside out: this book is the result. It provides real, practical tools to help women trust their instincts; identify and pursue their callings; become their own mentor; and take bold actions to make their ideas a reality.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverOvercoming anxiety for dummies
“This book explains the difference between normal everyday anxiety and anxiety that requires attention and treatment. It also includes updated information on treatment and getting help, including organisations in Australia and New Zealand that assist people with anxiety. Packed with practical strategies for feeling better, this handy guide is perfect for anyone who wants to treat their minor anxiety on their own or find out whether they need professional assistance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMindfulness @ work : reduce stress, live in the moment, and be happier and more productive at work
“Work-related stress is an all-too-common part of modern life. The rise of digital media means that many people never really switch off from work and the culture of presenteeism causes us to spend more time at work than never before. Many workers spend a lot of time either ruminating on previous problems or worrying about work-related issues. By applying the principles of mindfulness to our working lives, we can become aware of our habitual negative thoughts and behaviours and learn to recognise and manage the warning signs of stress.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverNegotiating success : tips and tools for building rapport and dissolving conflict while still getting what you want
“How to execute win-win negotiations every time, in business and in life Negotiating Success provides expert guidance on how to improve strategies and outcomes in negotiating anything in professional and personal life. With a constant focus on the mind, body, and spirit of the professional negotiator, this easy-to-read text brings a holistic approach to the skills needed for ethical negotiations. The result is a better understanding of how to negotiate successfully for mutual benefit by all parties. Offers tips and tools, such as how to use positive psychology to unite your team, emotional intelligence for successful negotiation, and how to minimize conflict.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe mind makeover : the answers to becoming the best you yet
“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? If you’ve ever doubted yourself, allowed other people’s negativity to stop you from doing what you want, or assumed that any success you’ve had in the past was just a case of ‘pure luck’, then you need The Mind Makeover. For many years Sharron Lowe has been the go-to coach for global luxury brands. She has coached thousands of people, helping them to make positive changes in how they think, feel and what they believe is possible.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe four things that matter most : a book about living
“The very same words that allow a life to end peacefully can help readers lead tranquil, meaningful lives. In his work palliative care physician Ira Byock has witnessed the incredible power of four simple sentences: “Please forgive me,” “I forgive you,” “Thank you,” and “I love you.” With considerable empathy and wisdom, he introduces and draws conclusions from his patients’ stories. In doing so, Byock also potently demonstrates how readers can use the four sentences to help fill their “instinctive impulse to give and receive love” and heal rifts.”  (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe power of no : because one little word can bring health, abundance, and happiness
“James and Claudia Altucher have answered tens of thousands of questions in their writings, retreats, talks, and online seminars. The questions cover the entire spectrum of life. Invariably, they look to one little word as the solution: No. No is not only a solution; it is a path for people to heal and bring abundance and happiness into their lives. Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do you can experience a spate of negative outcomes: resenting people, doing poor quality work, having less energy for the things you actually love, making less money, and so on. With the power of no we can refocus our energies toward living an abundant, healthy, and wealthy life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe priority list : a teacher’s final quest to discover life’s greatest lessons
“In fall 2006, high school teacher Menasche, then age 34, was diagnosed with an aggressive and deadly type of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme. Despite these challenges, in November 2012 he embarked on a journey-or Vision Quest, as he calls it-to recover his past by reconnecting with former students. A successful technique he used with students, the “priority list,” was useful in ranking the importance of different values and provided an effective tool for identify one’s own motivations. By reconsidering his priorities, letting others care for him, and giving in to the “beautiful turmoil” of his illness, Menasche has been able to accept the break-up of his marriage and retirement from his job while reaping surprising rewards from his quest. Like Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, this memoir is a rousing testimony to the ways in which, in the face of death, living fully in the present moment becomes possible.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHow Adam Smith can change your life : an unexpected guide to human nature and happiness
“How the insights of an 18th century economist can help us live better in the 21st century Adam Smith became famous for The Wealth of Nations, but the Scottish economist also cared deeply about our moral choices and behavior–the subjects of his other brilliant book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759). Now, economist Russ Roberts shows why Smith’s neglected work might be the greatest self-help book you’ve never read. Roberts offers an accessible and thought-provoking view of human behavior through the lenses of behavioral economics and philosophy.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe art of belonging
“The Art of Belonging advances the argument put forward in Mackay’s bestselling The Good Life: a ‘good life’ is not lived in isolation or in the pursuit of independent goals; a good life is lived at the heart of a thriving community, among people we trust, and within an environment of mutual respect. The Art of Belonging is the book that will reignite the conversation about how we want to live; it will provide the framework for those who argue for a particular vision of community, one that sustains, protects and nurtures the many, and not just the few.” (Syndetics)