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Very unique self help book,
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This book gives you tips on relaxing and reducing stress by giving you examples of things done in different parts of the world. Each situation is on two pages. One page is a photo or illustration and the next page is the title of the stressful situation. After that, the page goes on to tell you the tradition that is practiced, what time of year and the country it was originated in. The text is only a few paragraphs, but it is so well written that you get a lot out of it in a short time.
My favorite part of the book is that the practices were things I really hadn't thought about before. In fact, in the introduction they tell you the don't go into the obvious such as yoga or tai chi. Not that there is anything wrong with those, but there is a lot of information on these topics already. This book covers things such a "Laugh in the Face of Danger" which tells about Greek philosophers who imagine worst case scenarios and then write down how they would handle them. Or "Aim for Excellence" which talks about how some Japanese Sushi chefs master just one dish. This is to show us an example of trying to focus on one thing rather than stressing ourselves out by trying to do everything. We learn about patience from stilt fishers in Sri Lanka and staying in the present from the Piraha Language in Brazil that has no words to describe the past or the future. The book is 125 pages, so there are many more practices you might find helpful or just enjoy reading about them.