That just may enrich your life. Sure, there’s an avalanche of perspective-changing books floating around. But the following four are damn worthy of a read or listen if you are up for possible improvement.
Mentioned in a post last year, this book helps put spirituality in context. Grounded in logic with valuable pointers for almost anyone, of any point of view, to be better humans. The last couple of chapters are especially profound. We alone posess ownership of our “happiness” destiny. If you are not a highly-developed spiritual yogi, this book is a perspective-expander for the everyday hu-man.
Deep Nutrition — Catherine Shanahan, Luke Shanahan
Just out this year, this book breaks down, in detail, how our diets have changed dramatically over the last hundred years, which coincide to the rise in the majority of health problems, and why. This is pertinent to societies anywhere in the world as it becomes increasingly challenging to avoid industrially prepared (altered) food. The authors explain how the two biggest culprits, vegetable oils and sugar, have combined to create wide-scale toxic damage which is having compromising physical effects not only on us, but also detrimental hereditary effects. The medical community at large is considerably fuzzy over how alterted food has chromosonal and molecular effects (look no further than what almost every hospital serves its patients). If you can stomach the details, this is a must read.
Extra Virginity — Tom Mueller
Getting past the history at the beginning, this book explains how much of the olive oil in the market today, the world’s oldest and most prized “healthy” oil, has been corrupted by mafia organizations, and more recently by global food congolermates. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, actually a fruit juice, is known to have complex antioxidant properties with an abundance of health benefits. Unfortunately, the majority of Extra Virgin Olive Oil sold in supermarkets around the world has been bastardized (contaminated), mixed with cheap seed oil and perfumed, almost impossible to detect without thorough testing. The EU and the FDA are virtually powerless to stop the blatant misrepresentation. It’s simply too costly. For anyone who doesn’t use (real) olive oil, well, too bad for them. For anyone who does, it’s an engrossing and educational read for buyer beware.
Sapiens, (A Brief History of Mankind) — Yuval Noah Harari
You might not be able to take individual action based on this book, but the author eloquently lays out the history of man, offering a bird’s eye perspective of how humankind has evolved. We think what is going on in our individual worlds and societies as all-important. This book provides an intelligent, macro frame of reference, helping to contextualize how we, civilizations, and now nations, have transformed to interact with each other (and are continuing to do so).