Delve into the human condition with these helpful and inspiring books for personal growth

While reading fiction can help us step into the shoes of someone else or be whisked away to another world, there is much merit to be found in expanding our viewpoints of the world we inhabit. Learn how to work smarter (not harder), how to develop your critical thinking and how to find a positive outlook, all by picking up one of the great reads below.

The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence by Jessica Lahey
Writer, teacher and recovering alcoholic Jessica Lahey wants to help parents and caregivers with this book, an empathetic and comprehensive resource for raising kids to grow up addiction-free.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
This sweet, small book is designed to act as a soothing balm for anyone struggling with life’s hardships. A collection of encouraging meditations and observations, it aims to give the reader a hopeful perspective, through a diverse array of global and personal sources. 

The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit by John V. Petrocelli
Undeniably timely, John V. Petrocelli expands on his viral TEDx Talk to tell us how we can develop critical thinking habits to recognise and combat false information and delusional thinking — arguably a major hallmark of the modern world.

The New Hustle: Don’t Work Harder, Just Work Better by Emma Isaacs
Successful entrepreneur, Business Chicks founder and mother of six Emma Isaacs is well-versed in maximising efficiency at every turn, and her new book is here to teach us to do the same. Condensed clearly into 77 ‘anti-rules’, The New Hustle aims to provide helpful ideas and strategies for more productive, creative and meaningful work, so we can get back to what it is we really want to do more of — enjoy life.

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