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The Therapeutic Power of Voice Journaling

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The Therapeutic Power of Voice Journaling

Photo by Daniel Cañibano on Unsplash The other day I spoke to a friend halfway across the world intimately discussing how torn I was feeling about living here in the San Francisco Bay Area versus living in London, my second home (my first home was Nairobi, Kenya). I loved living in London and pretty much thought I would spend the rest of my life there. Until my husband landed an amazing, hard-to-say-no international assignment here in the Bay Area. We were super excited when leaving London and super sad too to say goodbye to the place we loved, where friends and family where just...

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A Book Prescription for Happiness

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A Book Prescription for Happiness

Hi! We're Reklist and we’re ecstatic to be guest blogging for Book Therapy. Today we're bringing you 5 books on happiness. Reklist is a platform for making and receiving entertainment recommendations (books, movies, shows, podcasts, and music), keeping track of what you've read, watched and listened to. It's also the perfect place to discover new titles. Our 'Explore' page allows you to browse hundreds of recommendations. There's also a 'Newsfeed' where you can view, like and comment on your friends' activities, and a 'My Reklist' page where you can manage your recommendations. We created Reklist as we frequently found ourselves forgetting recommendations from friends and family...

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Three Fabulous Books for Two-Year-Olds

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Three Fabulous Books for Two-Year-Olds

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash Over the last year, I’ve been observing my two-year-old daughter, Arianna, closely — especially when she’s reading, what lights up her eyes versus what she frisbees past my face in disapproval. In particular, I noticed her eyes glued to the following three types of books. 1. Animosaics. Arianna loves picture books but not just any picture book. She LOVES animosaics, specifically Surya Sajnani’s “Animosaics: Can You Find Me”. Vibrant colours splash across each page dedicated to different animal habitats — the jungle, the arctic, the ocean and more. Cleverly crafted, each habitat is illustrated with shapes geniusly hiding a...

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Why audiobooks are perfect for parents and four great ones to start the year.

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Why audiobooks are perfect for parents and four great ones to start the year.

Photo by Ben Kolde on Unsplash As a parent, audiobooks are my go-to reading medium (followed closely by my Amazon Kindle reading app on my phone.)  As a book lover and book therapist, I can only get through my reading goals thanks to audiobooks. I can listen to them whilst cleaning, cooking, doing menial chores, commuting and driving. You can even cuddle up with your little one whilst they sleep and listen to a heartwarming story. Plus for nursing mums, its gold dust as you can bond with baby over breastmilk and great stories.  No longer am I limited to having...

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Life is Too Short for the Wrong Books and Why We All Need a Book Curator

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Life is Too Short for the Wrong Books and Why We All Need a Book Curator

Jeff Bezos may have successfully crafted a sophisticated, global cottage industry for all kinds of authors from Indie writers to eloquent literary mavens but he also may have accidentally given birth to the book curation industry. In a world where a new book is published every minute, how do we filter what’s worth reading versus what should be shelved? Do we need someone who can curate reading lists for us based on our individual preferences, life predicaments, interests, reading habits and time constraints, that totally personalises our reading experience? Apparently yes. Walmart CEO, Doug McMillan, a busy man, who’s constantly being sent...

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