The recent referendum was, essentially, history in the making: the United Kingdom is the first nation to leave the EU in years. With the country, regions and even many households completely divided on the issue, and now that pro-leave politicians are distancing themselves from many of the promises that influenced voter decisions, you are likely to be unsure about what is to come.
The pound is fluctuating in value, there is a possibility of Scottish independence, and there is general uncertainty about the future ahead. Right now, it is clear that both sides have something to feel down about, but all is not lost—we’ve compiled a list of our brightest book summaries to help you stay positive, no matter what might be happening in the news.
Search for positivity
In Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi examines how life experiences bring you joy, satisfaction, and happiness. This book will help you achieve the kind of mindset that allows you to remain happy no matter what the situation. While there may be uncertainty regarding the recent Brexit vote, with an upbeat and optimistic outlook you will be able to see the positive side of the debate.
Accept and challenge stress
Take a look at How to Stop Worrying and Start Living for Dale Carnegie’s tips and advice on understanding habitual worry. Break the patterns of stress, deal with problems more constructively, and push your worries away for a stress-free perspective on life—and on the current political situation.
Use meditation to help you think more clearly
He comes home late from work most evenings. During the day, he’s so busy that he forgets to eat lunch. Weekends should be a time to catch up on sleep but there’s simply too. much. to. DO. If dad is looking a little frazzled, we suggest he reads 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Harris knows what it’s like to become overwhelmed with life’s responsibilities; it got so much for him that he ended up having a panic attack on national television. In 10% Happier he reveals how and why meditation helped him to cope with stress, and that absolutely anyone can use this technique to calm their own minds—long before an on-air crisis occurs!
Think happy thoughts
Legendary spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and happiness expert Howard Cutler join forces in The Art of Happiness to reveal that pain is very often self-induced. Using a blend of Eastern philosophy and Western science they show you how a clear mind can help you overcome any worries you might be feeling and give you some hope for the future.
Don’t take everything to heart
A life without emotion would be a terrible thing, but sometimes emotions can negatively impact your ability to make wise choices. Usually when you make a decision you assume that you totally understand your options and the costs and benefits of both. But emotion can cause you to ignore some details or act impulsively, overriding your logic and reason. If you allow your emotion to cloud your judgement then you increase the likelihood of a poor choice. You need emotions to effectively make decisions, but you must keep a close eye on them to prevent your heart from leading your mind astray.
While Britain’s position within the EU is important, why not switch off the news this evening and instead read some of the above summaries—we’re sure you’ll instantly feel more positive.
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