Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney.
Loved this. Loved the details behind the research, and loved the practical applications and hints at how to put willpower to work for me, and when I shouldn’t rely on it. One of my favorite parts is how it discusses weight and food with willpower, and how that is kind of the exception to some of the other rules relating to willpower. It helped me understand why I actually have really good self-control in many other areas of my life, but struggle the most when it comes to what and how much I eat. And it gave me some ideas on how to handle it going forward!
While I enjoyed this as a memoir and interesting look at food culture and parenting in France, I’m not entirely sure how applicable it is to life here. Our food culture is just so different, and many of the French “rules” are much harder to follow here. But, it did give me encouragement to continue serving vegetables to my 3 year old who always says he doesn’t like them. Maybe one of these times he’ll have tasted it enough to like it. It also made me want to get back in the habit of a family tea time in lieu of a more random afternoon snack.
The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith by John W. James and Russell Friedman.
I thought this was a very helpful look at grief, and how you can get stuck in a way, because most of us never really learn how to deal with grief. I liked how it included more than just dealing with grief due to death too.
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