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  • 5 Books That Will Change How You See The World

    I am SO excited to share this.

    As it’s World Book Day on March 5th, I was trying to think of a book-related blog that I could give you even though I already wrote The 5 Best Self Help Books Of All Time 📚

    So, this is a roundup of the books which promise to make you see things differently. After reading each of these titles, I experienced a profound shift. My eyes were opened to what each author was telling me, and I haven’t been able to return to my old way of thinking since!

    I hope these books will open your mind to new ways of seeing the world too…

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    “The Tipping Point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire…” – Malcolm Gladwell

    HOW IT CHANGES YOUR VIEWPOINT

    It makes you realise that, as individuals, we have huge power to create change in the world. Just like a tiny match that looks so small, while being able to bring down a town.

    WHY I ❤️ IT…

    Confession time: Malcolm Gladwell is my favourite author so anything he writes is immediately a winner in my eyes! His journalistic style is what makes this book so convincing (he’s worked at The New Yorker & The Washington Post) and it’s packed full of fascinating research and anecdotes to illustrate what he’s saying. His point being that the effect of social contagion is the secret ingredient you’ll need if you want to create a change worthy of making the history books. Because even if at first it looks like nothing is happening, it might eventually reach a critical mass…

    A pivotal moment. A Tipping Point.

    Whether it’s a fashion trend, a global epidemic or a cultural zeitgeist – with enough time, luck and momentum – anything that starts off small can become significant. That’s why this book has the power to change how you think. I haven’t read Greta Thunburg’s book but I’m guessing the message is similar. No-one is too small to make a difference.

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    HOW IT CHANGES YOUR VIEWPOINT

    It shows you that there is life after death and that miracles are possible, as long as they serve a higher purpose. I’m much less worried about my own death after reading this book.

    WHY I ❤️ IT…

    If you want to know where people go when they die, this book will tell you. Like all of my best books, I’ve passed my own copy on to my mum, and then my friend Jessica to read! I’ve never doubted that our soul survives without a body, but Anita Moorjani literally tells you what happens next and what the experience of dying is like, first hand. Which might sound morbid and depressing, but it’s actually the opposite.

    It’s very apparent that the death is far more upsetting for the people still living, rather than the soul who is exiting Earth. As you might have guessed, the author Anita Moorjani was given permission to come back to life and have a second chance (as long as she shared this message) so this is a touching personal memoir about a near death experience (NDE). It’s beautifully written and I engulfed this one pretty quickly because I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know what happened next – pun intended.

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    HOW IT CHANGES YOUR VIEWPOINT

    When I was young, I believed that my teddy bears and toys were alive, but as adults we’re made to believe that this kind of thinking is silly. Marie Kondo sprinkles some of that magic back into your life with this book.

    WHY I ❤️ IT…

    Again, I gave this one to my mum to read! And she was reluctant to take it off my hands because she thought it would be a boring how-to-tidy guide with infographics about folding clothes. The cover doesn’t give much away (Marie Kondo is a Japanese minimalist after all) but the reason that this book has been so successful is because it’s touching, uplifting and a beautiful read. With no diagrams in sight!

    Marie didn’t decide to leave her optimism behind just because she turned 18, and I think that’s why people love her; we all want to feel that way again. She loves her possessions as if they are alive, and thinks that our belongings should be loved and adored to keep them happy and functioning. You might guess that her message is about owning less, but it’s actually about truly feeling grateful for everything you own. There’s a hidden spiritual current throughout this book as she talks about keeping what “sparks joy”, letting go, and feeling abundant with everything you already have. It’s also fun to learn how she freaks out her clients by kneeling down on the floor and greeting “the house” before them.

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    HOW IT CHANGES YOUR VIEWPOINT

    It makes you think of a brand as a life-force which connects people, rather than an empty business. Which is super helpful if you have one.

    WHY I ❤️ IT…

    I’ve read a lot of marketing books and this one is my all time fave. I actually recommend it to any of my coaching clients that I’m helping with their spiritual business, because it makes the whole process of marketing and branding seem incredibly easy, fun and intuitive. For your brand to attract your perfect clients, it should reflect your internal passion and therefore it should be fun!

    Donald Miller is a multiple New York Times Bestselling author and when you read his writing it’s clear why. This book is like candy to read, and it will make you feel more inspired about your brand than ever before as he guides you through how to bring it to life and make it flourish as a result. I only wish there were more business books this inspiring!

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    HOW IT CHANGES YOUR VIEWPOINT

    I hate winter and English weather in general, but this book made me think it’s not so bad…

    WHY I ❤️ IT…

    Instead of grey clouds, wind and umbrellas – think candles, blankets and hot cocoa. This is the general theme of the book: embrace the bad weather for what can be good about it.

    The Danish are said to be the happiest people in the world, in spite of the terrible weather that they have (akin to us in the UK + other places in northern Europe and North America). But why do the Danes consistently come out on top in happiness surveys? Because they fill their lives with a little Hygge!

    They celebrate being able to spend time together inside, safe from the cold, with snuggly socks and deep conversations by the fire. It is also possible to Hygge in Summer too, but what really stood out to me was the enjoying winter part, because that was the tonic that I really needed from this book. A great gift (it was a Christmas present to me from my mother) for anyone who needs a new perspective on enjoying life, whatever the weather.

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    Can you recommend any books which have changed how YOU see the world? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram!

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  • The 5 Best Self-Help Books Of All Time

    There is a reason why Bill Gates reads a book each week – and that CEO’s on average read 50-60 books a year – and it’s because they yearn for the constant acquisition of knowledge. They know that it’s the best way to keep them growing, thriving, and ahead of others who aren’t spending as much time between the pages as they are.

    If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know that I post the books I’m reading on Instagram stories; and while some of them will move inertly onto the bookshelf, there are others so impactful that I rant and rave about them for years to come. The greatest seller of books is word of mouth, and unsurprisingly, every single one of these 5 books was recommended to me – just as I am now recommending them to you.

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    This book literally changed my life, and was singlehandedly the reason that I left my corporate career. The concepts in it are simple and while it is unlikely to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetic prose any time soon, it will awaken you to a new way of thinking: the way of society’s “Rich Dads”.

    If, like most people, you have grown up working-to-middle class, then you will have likely been brought up to think as a “Poor Dad”. This does not mean that you are poor financially, but these are the labels that Kiyosaki uses to categorise patterns of thinking.

    If you want to think about work and money in a new way while distinguishing your assets from your liabilities, then give this book a try and see if he can illuminate you to a more abundant way of thinking which will boost your bank balance as a result.

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    If it’s recommended by Oprah then it’s bound to be good, right?! Well I can vouch for the fact that this book is indeed a masterpiece by the founder of WebMD.com, Michael A. Singer. After taking Oprah’s recommendation, I have now passed my own copy onto my best friend to read. His aim here is for the reader to separate their higher soul self from their busy mind so that we can live a more fulfilling life and follow our own internal guidance without inhibitions.

    I love this book because it has the power to awaken people to the existence of their own soul, even if they are not yet a spiritual person and have spent their life focused on the physical plane. A fellow Economics graduate (yay!), Michael Singer has managed to create a timeless guide to the soul that I found to be well-written and satisfyingly executed.

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    This book is a classic, and with 30 million copies sold it has already awakened millions to their own power of creation. The Secret has popularised the Law of Attraction and this short book includes anecdotes and pearls of wisdom from the many teachers, speakers and authors that it features.

    It’s a very simple and fast read, which means that the core message stays clear throughout and it is able to touch a wide and varied audience. This book is a bookshelf staple for anyone hoping to take control of their life by first taking control of their thoughts.

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    Published in 1936, the key messages in this book are still as relevant today as they were then. Throughout How To Win Friends & Influence People, Carnegie is communicating an appreciation for simple courtesies and the hidden power that they contain for getting things done how you would like.

    Covering topics such as making people like you and delivering bad feedback without harming future relationships, Carnegie teaches the fundamentals of personal relationships destined to prosper. The only downside of this book is a few sexist references symptomatic of the era it was written in. Aside from these, it proves that while societal norms change – our emotional needs as a cooperative species do not.

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    This really is a book that found me, rather than me finding it. As I sat in a meditation class at my local Buddhism centre, the teacher recommended this book and I immediately added it to my Amazon Wishlist like the good student that I am. When I next visited my parent’s house, I sifted through my old books and found this very one untouched with different cover art. To continue the serendipity, I found a love note lodged between the pages which was written and hidden by my now-fiancé when we had just started dating!

    Feeling fully inspired, I read this book and understood why it had found me. It’s an in-depth dive into spirituality and the soul, and while it describes some specific Buddhist beliefs that I don’t identify with, Gyatso translates the beauty of our soul and our purpose on this planet with such raw passion and grace. If you already identify as a lightworker and are keen to cultivate peace in a troubled world, then you could undoubtedly find helpful wisdom in this book.

    “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary…” – Jim Rohn

    I really hope that you enjoy these recommendations and would love to know if they helped you in any way… and if you have any book recommendations for me!

    I always have a high “to-read” pile next to my bed, so please reach me in the comments or on Instagram with your own favourite must reads.

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  • 3 Main Benefits of Daily Gratitude

    Gratitude is an underrated hack for happiness.

    If I could retrace my steps back to when my life changed for the better, I am sure it would be the day I chose to be actively grateful every single day.

    Choosing gratitude is also a decision to improve your life. But like anything worthwhile, finding things to be grateful for is a skill that must be honed until a grateful mindset starts to feel natural and automatic. A mind full of gratitude given time will lead to a heart full of gratitude – and when you have a heart full of gratitude, then the world as you know it will become a whole lot brighter…

    Benefit #1 ⋆The Little Things Become Great Things

    When appreciation grows, abundance flows.

    Appreciation creates abundance in all areas of our life, because gratitude is a sister energy of love. Love is the life force of all creation, so by giving gratitude for something you are breathing life into it and willing it to multiply in your life.

    Through the unforgiving lens of our mind, many of the occurrences in our life can seem thankless and irrelevant, or worse, inconvenient and unwelcome. But by forcing yourself to be grateful for all of them – regardless of their consequences – you are acknowledging the higher truth that everything happens for your highest benefit.

    Whatever the situation, we can always be thankful in advance, even when the lessons we have been assigned to learn through the school of hard knocks haven’t been illuminated to us yet.

    Benefit #2 ⋆ Feeling More Resilient

    A Harvard researcher had an amazing discovery. When a study group practised gratitude for 21 days as part of a psychology experiment, the benefits of a more positive mindset remained visible for the next 6 months! When our gratitude muscle is well-trained and strong, we can adequately defend ourselves against bouts of negativity and challenging life events.

    After practising daily gratitude for a while, you will begin to realise that the things which once impacted your mood now don’t hurt you as much. A positive mindset is a remedy for most things, and with the sense of wellbeing that a grateful mind brings, you can sail the stormy seas of your emotions and keep yourself dry during life’s downpours using the umbrella of your positive mind. ☂️

    Benefit #3 ⋆ Social Contagion Effect

    By filling yourself up with gratitude, your own issues will become less concerning to you so you can redistribute that emotional energy as compassion for others.

    Your energy is infectious, and due to our empathetic nature as social creatures we are all susceptible to a social contagion effect. Stanford University (1998) defines social contagion as “the spread of affect or behaviour from one crowd participant to another; one person serves as the stimulus for the imitative actions of another.”

    Your behaviour signals to others what is acceptable behaviour from them. This means that we all carry huge influence through our behaviour due to this social contagion effect. If it is true that there are 6 degrees of separation between us and every other person on the planet, then all of our actions are loaded with the potential for huge impact. Daily gratitude not only changes your life for the better, but by emotional osmosis you will infect the people around you with a sunnier outlook too.

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