Mindful Books to Read In the Sun

These books are capturing our attention.

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WIRED TO CONNECT

The Surprising Link BetweenBrain Science and Strong, Healthy RelationshipsAmy Banks, with Leigh Ann Hirschman • Tarcher PerigeeRelationships happen between individu- als, but also between neural pathways in your brain. Left unchecked, old habits and thinking patterns affect the way you inter- act with your closest friends and partners. Using a system called “C.A.R.E.” that identifies various brain regions, Banks offers a way to investigate those patterns and lay down new tracks that support healthier, happier relationships.

GRATITUDE

Oliver Sacks • KnopfFew people can claim to have changed the way large numbers of people think about themselves and their fellow humans. Neurologist Oliver Sacks did so repeatedly. By bringing a child’s curiosity to brains that veered from the “norm,” he asked us to think of them not as defective but as unique worlds of per- ception. This tiny book of four essays, written as he faced death, overflows with joy. It is we who must be grateful.

SELF-COMPASSION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

Mindfulness-Based Practices for Healing and TransformationTim Desmond • W.W. Norton

Self-criticism is pervasive, and harmful. “Researchers have that found self-criti- cism is one of the biggest predictors of serious mental health problems,” writes Tim Desmond. “Relating…

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