3 Books that have changed the way I think

For any of you that don't know me so well, I don't just exercise all of the time (most but not all) and I actually love to read in my spare time, being an English Literature student, you can't keep me away from a good novel, however in the last year or so I've been inclined to choose non-fiction books a lot more. It seems as though we are in a bit of a global stress crisis and with more self-help books than ever on the shelves, and we must question why so many of us are suffering with anxiety and depression when we have all of the bare necessities plus more. Some of these books help to put a different perspective on life and make you think about things a from a more positive perspective.


1. Factfulness

If you thought everything in the world was going wrong then you're wrong, and that's a fact. Hans Rosling studied statistics and medicine and has created a quiz that the smartest people in the world couldn't even get right because we all have such a negative outlook on the world. The book really puts into perspective how people across the world live and that there no longer needs to be the words, 'developed' and 'undeveloped' countries because there isn't such a split between the two. Reading this book will make you want to stop reading/watching/listening to the news because of the negative twist it puts on everything, when in reality, things are improving. Although things may be bad, it doesn't mean that things aren't getting better...

2. The subtle art of not giving a f**k

This book does what it says on the tin, shows you how to stop giving a sh*t about the things that don't really matter in life. How many times have you worried about something small which has snowballed into a huge problem and eventually leads to a complete meltdown and questioning everything you've done so far in life? Yeah it's happened to the majority of us, when in reality it really doesn't contribute to your life in any way. Because we panic over so many small things, this leads to us forgetting about the important things, and this book gives you that slap in the face you need to remind you of this.

3. This is going to hurt

With the ongoing news about the NHS, we are always hearing about how targets aren't being met and the ever longing wait for A&E, but do we truly understand just how hard they doctors, nurses, admin staff work? This is going to hurt is full of funny, embarrassing, but also quite mellow anecdotes from a junior doctor and his time working in different hospitals. The book gives you an insight into just how difficult it is being a junior doctor and the lengths they go to to save us. 

Even if you're not a book boffin, it's always good to take some time out and escape reality in a good book. So next time you go to switch on the TV, when not choose one of these incredible books and learn a little more about the world...

Cya! 
Eryn

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