Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy by Cris BeamWhat it is: a well-rounded and in-depth examination of the meaning, history, and practice of empathy.
What sets it apart: Journalist Cris Beam also discusses how empathy can be exploited -- whether in corporate monetizing endeavors (such as targeted marketing) or in situations where empathy may be viewed as oppressive (such as "helping" non-trafficked sex workers who do not wish to leave the trade).
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh What it is: an optimistic guide for how best to seize opportunities as they come your way.
What's inside: a helpful blend of scientific findings, interviews with successful people, and common sense advice.
Don't miss: anecdotes of famous lucky breaks -- like George Lucas hiring his carpenter (a young Harrison Ford) to star in American Graffiti.
Preschool Clues: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World by Angela C. SantomeroWhat it's about: the positive role that television shows can play in early childhood development if utilized effectively and age-appropriately.
Author alert: Angela C. Santomero is the award-winning co-creator of Blue's Clues, Super Why!, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.
Why you might like it: With a breezy, conversational tone, Preschool Clues will appeal to parents, educators, and fans of children's shows.
Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford by Kristin WongWhat it is: an introductory guide to personal finance management, brimming with humor and encouraging advice.
What's inside: game-like activities and assignments to help readers make sense of their spending habits.
Chapters include: "Power Up with an 'Oh, Crap, I Didn't See That Coming' Fund," "Learn to Negotiate Like a Shark (or at Least a Piranha)."
Focus on: Technology and Digital Literacy
SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver, and More... by Jane McGonigalWhat it's about: To aid in her post-concussion recovery, game designer Jane McGonigal created SuperBetter, a series of motivational "quests" based on video game strategies. Now a digital game, SuperBetter has been played by over half a million people.
Why it's significant: SuperBetter spawned a National Institutes of Health study, which found that the game improves participants' mental health and strengthens interpersonal relationships.
The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication... by Alex Soojung-Kim PangWhat it's about: Featuring neuroscience findings and time-management strategies, this thoughtful, Zen-inspired guide to "contemplative computing" explores technology addiction, its impact on the brain, and the steps that readers can take to unplug and recharge.
Try this next: Catherine Price's How to Break Up with Your Phone, a comprehensive 30-day plan which encourages focused, mindful usage of mobile technology.
The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair with Teresa H. Barker What it's about: This sympathetic study offers insights to help strengthen family relationships in the face of parents' overreliance on -- and childrens' overexposure to -- technology.
About the author: Catherine Steiner-Adair utilizes real-life examples from her work as a clinical psychologist and family therapist.
Reviewers say: "Should be required reading for all parents" (Publishers Weekly).
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