This week’s books, podcasts, and articles are all about relaxation and fun—designed to help you de-stress and incorporate positive activities into your daily routine. Listen to a panel of experts talk about how to relax every Sunday in August, read a book from a Harvard happiness professor, or learn some fun yoga today.
On Your Kindle
Happier: Learn the Secrets of Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, by Tal Ben-Shahar
I picked up this book at a book sale recently because I was intrigued by the author’s qualifications and background: Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar teaches a popular course on “positive psychology” that is attended by hundreds of students every semester. Happier promises to help readers understand the science of happiness and use it in their daily lives.
On Your Smartphone
“Your Happiness Project: Have More Fun,” by Gretchen Rubin
Everyone wants to have fun, right? According to Gretchen Rubin, author of one of my favorite books, Happier at Home, “having fun on a regular basis is a pillar of happiness.” She argues that you should be setting aside time to devote to your favorite activities.
So, what is fun for you? Rubin offers some suggestions and ideas for discovering what you enjoy in this post and the rest of the articles on her blog. Keep an eye open for her “Secrets of Adulthood,” common-sense tips for readers.
On a Podcast
"The Virtual Chill Tour," Ms. Mindbody.com
I am a big fan of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide, Kate Hanley’s fun, accessible guide to stress-reduction techniques, so I was excited to see this electronic “Chill Tour” series. Every Sunday in August, you can listen to a series of interviews with women who are experts in bringing happiness and relaxation to your life. Sign up for reminders today.
Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About, by Steve Ross
This is one book I’d like to revisit; I borrowed Happy Yoga several years ago from my local library and enjoyed Ross’ ideas for building your peace of mind. As he says in the introduction, “In normal life, we stumble around guessing, wandering from one shopping mall to another, wondering why ultimate fulfillment seems always just out of reach.” Intrigued? Pick up a copy to learn more about mindful practices today.