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18. Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective

Floris Book Summary: People who care deeply about animals often debate how best to help non-human animals, but the discussions are frequently based on opinions and approaches which aren’t backed up by meaningful or robust scientific study. Casey Taft argues that if animal advocates want to affect real behavioural change in the world, they should […]

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17. Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health

Publisher’s Summary A leading expert in epigenetics – how genes switch on and off – provides a revolutionary, holistic, and personalized approach to better health by improving how your genes behave to prevent and reverse common ailments, chronic illnesses, and life-threatening diseases, including cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and […]

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16. The China Study

The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health Publisher’s Summary Here is the updated and expanded edition of the best seller that changed millions of lives. The science is clear. The results are unmistakable. You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, […]

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15. Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

Publisher’s Summary From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social movements have a creative new edge that’s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Until now. Beautiful Trouble brings together ten grassroots groups […]

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14. Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Publisher’s Summary Meditations is former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s favorite book. This audio consists of a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 AD, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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13. The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

Publisher’s Summary Is it really human nature to stab one another in the back in our climb up the corporate ladder? Competitive, selfish behavior is often explained away as instinctive, thanks to evolution and “survival of the fittest”, but in fact, humans are equally hard-wired for empathy. Using research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, […]

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12. The Answer Is You: Waking Up to Your True Potential

Publisher’s Summary What Gifts Does the Universe Want to Express Through You? Whatever your question may be about – prosperity, purpose, health, relationships – the answer is you. The Answer Is You brings you inspirational teachings and tools to help you transcend self-limiting beliefs and step into the flow of a universe waiting to support you […]

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11. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Publisher’s Summary A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed. Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making […]

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10. Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter

Publisher’s Summary Peter Singer is often described as the world’s most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to […]

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9. Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement

Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement

First published in 1975, Animal Liberation created a sensation upon its release, shaking the world’s philosophical and animal-protection circles to their cores. Now, 40 years later, Peter Singer’s landmark work still looms large as a foundational and canonical text of animal advocacy. Arguing that all beings capable of suffering deserve equal consideration, Singer contends that the […]

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8. Taoism: Essential Teachings of the Way and Its Power

Publisher’s Summary Over 2,000 years ago, the great sage Lao-Tzu was disillusioned that others were unwilling to learn his path to natural goodness and harmony with nature. Today, his Tao Te Ching is one of China’s most enduring sacred texts. This introduction to the Tao reveals Lao-Tzu’s vast spiritual legacy, including Taoism’s mystical roots in […]

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7. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Publisher’s Summary At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many […]

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6. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Publisher’s Summary From world-renowned biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal comes this groundbreaking work on animal intelligence destined to become a classic. What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future – all traits that have helped […]

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5. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Publisher’s Summary In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares 10 guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living – a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling […]

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4. The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Publisher’s Summary Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it’s public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don’t feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low […]

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3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Publisher’s Summary In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark […]

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2. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power

Publisher’s Summary The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we can’t seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like, Never good enough! […]

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1. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

Publisher’s Summary Show Up and Let Yourself be Seen Is vulnerability the same as weakness? “In our culture,” teaches Dr. Brené Brown, “we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, […]

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