What book changed your life/way if thinking?

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topsyandtimison Thu 08-Mar-18 20:33:40

Anyone have a book that changed their life? It's a cliche but I read 'The Secret' and OMG it was like a huge lightbulb went on. Looking for another inspirational book....

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parrotonmyshoulder Thu 08-Mar-18 20:35:27

I’ve had a great year so far after reading Derren Brown’s ‘Happy’. A big surprise.

Vitalogy Thu 08-Mar-18 20:40:30

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Sadik Thu 08-Mar-18 21:59:37

A bit different as it's a novel, but reading The Dispossessed by Ursula le Guin in my early 30s has massively influenced my political beliefs.

CaptainNelson Thu 08-Mar-18 22:12:12

Maybe slightly obvious, but Thinking Fast and Slow is really mind-opening. It's totally changed the way I make decisions and how I think through things at work. I wouldn't say it's a lightbulb, but I do think that if everyone read it, we'd all think a lot more clearly.

Sadik Thu 08-Mar-18 22:13:40

Agree Thinking Fast And Slow is excellent.

Itscliffmas Thu 08-Mar-18 22:19:47

Don't sweat the small stuff.


topsyandtimison Fri 09-Mar-18 06:27:16

Wow these are good suggestions

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Rubyslippers7780 Fri 09-Mar-18 06:28:56

Who moved my cheese - cleared my head and let me see how people try and manipulate situations

lolalotta Fri 09-Mar-18 06:33:57


KeithLeMonde Fri 09-Mar-18 11:51:29

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie (and then later Americanah by the same author) made me think a lot about identity and race. That led me on to think afresh about feminism and the politics of belonging/not belonging. I don't like the word "woke" much but I really felt like I was looking at the world with fresher and more clear vision.

Sallystyle Fri 09-Mar-18 12:01:32

The Shame and Vulnerability books by Brene Brown.

Any books on self-compassion.

Orangecake123 Fri 09-Mar-18 17:17:44

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck.

I started putting myself first and started turning down things I didn't want to do but felt like I had to. It freed up a lot of time and enegry for myself.

ScribblyGum Fri 09-Mar-18 17:32:59

After reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande I had a good think about holistic assessment of older people, changed my clinical assessment skills and now routinely examine all my patients' feet. It’s not changed my life much but by doing so I've changed the life of plenty of my patients.

ScribblyGum Fri 09-Mar-18 17:35:43

I appreciate that might not be a life changing suggestion for you OP, unless you have the inclination to start checking people's feet. The rest of the book is excellent as well for thinking about how society treats older people and end of life choices.

Timefortea99 Fri 09-Mar-18 17:39:57

Following , interesting thread.

frankenburger Fri 09-Mar-18 17:45:00

The untethered soul - sounds hippy dippy but this changed the way I think and I'm way less anxious and in the moment.

Sadik Fri 09-Mar-18 18:30:23

Scribbly - I thought Being Mortal was a fantastic book as well, I have recommended it to lots of people I know (I'm of the age that me / many of my friends have elderly / frail parents).

Sadik Fri 09-Mar-18 18:31:26

I was trying to keep to one, but Non-Violent Communication by MB Rosenberg has definitely helped me to think more constructively about the way I relate to other people (much more widely than just communication)

Oblomov18 Fri 09-Mar-18 18:33:16

Making notes!

flowertoday Fri 09-Mar-18 18:34:43

The women's room by Marilyn French. I read it first when I was 13 as I used to help myself from my mum's bookshelf after school when I was home alone (latch key kid). I still think it is an amazing book, and stands as a window onto a really important time for women.

ScribblyGum Fri 09-Mar-18 18:44:57

Sadik I give it to my students as a leaving gift and have recommended it to lots of my friends too. Gawande's Reith lectures are also well worth a listen to where he covers similar subjects. He's a very wise man.

mrsBeverleyGoldberg Fri 09-Mar-18 18:52:45

Toxic Parents by Susan Forward
Will I Ever Be Good Enough by Karyn McBride
Complex PTSD by Pete Walker
Saved my life and very validating.

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Fri 09-Mar-18 18:53:56

Love this thread smile

Sevendown Fri 09-Mar-18 18:56:23

Baby Hunger by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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