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How to Be Human by Ruby Wax
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it was amazing

How to Be Human is the first book by Ruby Wax that I have read, and I'll start by saying I will definitely be reading more!

How to Be Human is a succinct, 'psychology 101' type book for any individual wanting to understand a bit about how the human mind and social interactions work. I know I just made the book sound dry - except it is anything but!

Wax skilfully integrates scientific findings, anecdotes, jokes and stories (both autobiographical and other) to make this book a light, interesting and enjoyable read. Collaborating with a neuroscientist and a monk, each chapter ends with a conversation between the three where the reader is exposed to their varying views and queries.

The book is predominantly centred around the practice of mindfulness. I loved that the suggested mindfulness exercises are mostly found in one chapter towards the end of the book after reading the majority of the book. It avoids that feeling of having to commit to trying an exercise each chapter or anything of the sort, which, if you're lazy like me, will totally just have you putting that book down!

The only thing I would suggest is when reading How to Be Human, keep you're thinking cap on, and question whether certain ideas really apply to you. I didn't give How to Be Human five stars because I agree with 100% everything written in the book. Rather, I gave it five stars because it is engaging and insightful.
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Reading Progress

December 26, 2018 – Started Reading
December 26, 2018 – Shelved
December 26, 2018 –
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December 29, 2018 –
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January 5, 2019 –
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January 6, 2019 –
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January 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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