Three books to reflect on well-being

Many experts have looked into this question that haunts most of us: how to be happy or, at least, satisfied on a daily basis, while fulfilling ourselves? Here are three new books on the subject that caught our eye and are worth checking out.

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Laila Maalouf

Laila Maalouf
The Press

The richness of “bittersweet”

American Susan Cain is the author of success The strength of discreet, which was a great success a decade ago by restoring introverts their letters of nobility. In this new book, where she uses a combination of her personal experiences, research and concrete examples, she tries to explain all that “bittersweet” – this mixture of sadness and melancholy that leads us to liking sad songs or rainy days, among other things — harbors riches, at the same time as it can serve as a driving force for creativity. She also seeks in passing to pierce this “culture of forced positivity” that shapes the work environment in the North American model with the ultimate goal of succeeding in welcoming one’s feelings, whatever they may be, in order to finally be “well “.

The happiness of being sad

The happiness of being sad

Editions of Man

336 pages

Widen your window of tolerance

The French psychologist Ariane Calvo already has several popular psychological publications to her credit. In her foreword, she emphasizes that this book was born from a reflection on these “keys” that heal and can ultimately provide lasting well-being – in other words, this feeling of fulfillment on the personal and relational levels, in his opinion. Among the interesting concepts she puts forward, she explains how to widen her “window of tolerance” in the face of trials, stress and adversity, develop anchoring strategies to return to the present moment or even point out methods for getting out of “survival mode”. We talk about psychological games, interpretative filters and emotional responsibility to achieve, in the long term, to surpass oneself and to build quality links.

emotional autonomy

emotional autonomy

Robert Laffont

320 pages

An essential energy

Do you often act on “autopilot”? Do you dare to ask for help from those around you? What sources of energy and challenges do you lack? Throughout this book co-written by psychologist and professor at UQAM Jacques Forest, questions guide us in understanding motivation, an energy not only essential, according to the authors, to accomplish our work, but also to move on to through our days and live our life. “Motivation guides your behavior, makes you move and act,” they write. We discover along the way that our way of thinking (optimistic, pessimistic) influences the way we motivate ourselves as well as how we motivate others — children, employees, etc. The explanations are dotted with practical cases and we even discuss working from home in connection with the pandemic, so that everyone can find the path that brings them satisfaction.

Unleash motivation

Unleash motivation

Editorial

282 pages

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