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review 2017-08-16 17:32
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg

I recently went to Barnes & Noble to buy some books for my birthday.  I found a table that had a buy 2 get 1 free deal, but you had to pick books on the table.  Immediately I knew two books I wanted.  I had no idea what I wanted for the third book.  So I meandered around, picked up a few different books, read a few different pages, and stumbled across this book.  I had never heard of it before, never heard of the author, and had no idea what it was about.  But I've always been interested in cognitive science (science of the brain) and a "why we do the things we do" study of psychology.  It peaked my interest enough where I picked it up and brought it home.  As soon as I started reading it, I realized I would need a highlighter for all of the morsels of knowledge Duhigg provides along the way.


The book covers three different sections.  The first section explains how habits form as part of every day life.  It breaks down the science behind the formation of habits and how we can change them.  The second part of the book shows how to focus on successful habits to grow an organization or company.  The third part looks at large society groups, like churches or the civil rights movement, and how they respond to habits.  Throughout each section, it continually reminds you how the habits are formed.


As I'm finishing the book, my group of friends has decided to go on a diet starting August 1st.  Here I am reading a book about understanding your habits (both good and bad), learning how to change bad habits and create new habits, and finding the insight to recognize why I may have failed before.  What wonderful insight it has provided for me!  I still have to put in the hard work, but at least I feel like I know what to look for now.  I can follow some of the advice and plans in the book to set myself up for a better chance at success.  I really am intrigued to know if my diet will be more successful now that I've read this book.


Not only did the book make me think about my upcoming diet plans with my friends, but it opened up the thought process for a number of different habits I've formed.  To quote from the first chapter, "more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day" aren't actual decisions, but habits.  If we can become more observant and retrospective as to why we have created habits for ourselves, it is remarkable to think of the outcome we may be able to have.  Of course, there are positive habits.  Not all of them are negative.  I guess the point is to sit and understand why the habit exists, if it is a positive or negative habit, and if there is a way to change it for the better.  I may not want to change every habit I have ever formed, but I'm hoping that this book has at least given me the option to change some of my habits for the better.

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review 2017-07-15 09:20
#48 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help - Kathryn Stockett

I feel like I'm reading so many interesting and important books these days. This one was definitely not an exception. 

Seeing the world through Aibileen and Minny's eyes was truly exceptional, I was scared for them, angry at how they were being treated, disgusted by people. And I was impressed by their courage and their will to change something, even while knowing it could be dangerous for them and their family. And I should not forget Skeeter, who is a privileged white lady, and is ready to put these privileges in jeopardy to help those maids. It was truly beautiful. 

Understanding the relationships between the maids and the children they care about was also something. They care about them as if they were their own, even if the parents of these child treat the maids like shit. They are trying to make a difference while educating these children because they know they will turn out like their parents if they don't. 

Mississippi in the 60's was not a good place to live as a colored person. This book is about racism: white people are so sure they are better than black people. It seems so natural for them, it is scary to think it was like that. I do not mean there is no racism anymore today, but it seems so natural in these days. Some people were trying to make a difference, but the majority of people still think black people and white people should be separated. 

Mississippi in those days was neither a good place for a young woman, colored or not. Skeeter is ambitious and wants to pursue a career. She has the privilege of going to college but it seems like she won't be able to use her education, she is destined to be a good little wife, like every woman. They are supposed to live for their husband and reading this as a young woman myself, living in a rich country in 2017, I am so glad it is not the case anymore. I am so grateful for all those people who fought for women's rights, and that thanks to them, I could go to University and start a career. Or I could stay at home and bring up children if I wanted to. 

The main subject of this book is racism and segregation. But there are also other subjects like women condition, upbringing of children, young love, dealing with sickness, betrayal, friendship and so many many more. 

I loved every second of it and I totally recommend this if you haven't read it yet. 

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url 2017-07-12 14:29
Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity

The Orthodox Christians obey fasts that sometimes last as long as 1/3 of the whole year. Fasting one does not consume meat or meat products. So, tell me again, what was/is the problem with the vegetarianism within all these Christian countries when their Monks and Saints supported vegetarianism as a physically, mentally and spiritually beneficial diet? 

Source: community.omtimes.com/profiles/blogs/christian-saints-and-vegetarianism
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