BOOKCLUB: Bittersweet, By Susan Cain

BOOKCLUB: Bittersweet, By Susan Cain

When I was very young, after losing my first tooth, I first experienced bittersweet. I gently wrapped the tooth in a tissue and placed it beneath my pillow. I awaited the tooth fairy to come and claim my small tooth in exchange for a mere quarter.

I couldn’t sleep.

There was excitement, yes. However, there was something else. I suddenly had the realization that the tooth that had served me well to this young juncture in my life would soon be gone, out of my reach forever. It was…bittersweet. In a moment of intense emotion, I pulled the wrapped tooth from my pillow and unwrapped it before the dim light of my nightlight, and said goodbye one last time.

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BOOKCLUB: The Art of Impossible, By Steven Kotler

BOOKCLUB: The Art of Impossible, By Steven Kotler

Without realizing it, I have read several of Steven Kotler’s books including Stealing Fire and The Rise of Superman. They were unique in both the subject material as well as the orientation from which the information was presented. With his latest release, The Art of Impossible, it was clear that we shared similar interests. Perhaps this is a question of nurture as we grew up in the same part of the world, Cleveland, Ohio, and was part of the same social culture, the punk rock scene.

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BOOKCLUB: Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke

BOOKCLUB: Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke

Understanding of the neurotransmitter dopamine has suffered from a shallow comprehension. We’ve understood it in the context of getting a “dopamine hit” for taking part in rewarding behavior. In her new book, Dopamine Nation, Dr. Anna Lembke offers new information deepening our understanding of the nuanced functioning of dopamine. This deepening understanding reveals that dopamine functions as far more than a simple reward hit. It directs, programs, reinforces, punishes us in its withholding, and more. The impact has an undeniable influence on our daily lives.

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BOOKCLUB: The Energy Paradox

BOOKCLUB: The Energy Paradox

By Dr. Steven Gundry

I have always had an interest in diet and believed I “ate healthily.” I experimented with several lifestyle diets, including pescatarian and a seven-year stint as a vegetarian in my twenties (and in the last threeish years). At 37 and newly divorced, I found myself at 210 pounds, and it was clear I was a bit overweight. I ran a lot, doing several half marathons. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t losing weight.

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BOOKCLUB: Do The Work, By Dr. Nicole LePera

BOOKCLUB: Do The Work, By Dr. Nicole LePera

New, From the Holistic Psychologist

Lepera is popularly known as the “holistic psychologist” on social media. Holistic is defined as “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” With all of the academic divisions busy within their silos, there is a need for a holistic discipline. It’s possible for academics to not be aware of the connectivities between and among the disciplines.

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BOOKCLUB: Can’t Hurt Me, by David Goggins

BOOKCLUB: Can’t Hurt Me, by David Goggins

Late to the “Goggins” party, an acquaintance gave me a copy of Can’t Hurt Me. The book provides a stark, non-apologetic, and inspiring telling of David Goggins’ life. Mainly, the book gives context to the idea that the mind can overcome the body as Goggins is proof. It requires a deep dive into the book for complete impact, as the context proves important.

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