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Book review: The Mister Roger’s Effect

| Gifted | non-fiction |

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Although I have never watched the show ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood’, after reading this book I can pretty well visualize what kind of man Fred Rogers was and what he stands for. Fred Rogers was the host of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood’, which was a television show for kids that focused on establishing a secure environment for children, to educate them in a constructive way, unlike other fast paced and violent tv shows.

The book lays out the psychological principles that Mister Rogers employed for which he was known and loved. I especially liked how understandable the book made the 7 psychological principles by formulating the background theory, providing examples on how Mister Rogers applied it and suggesting how to apply it in your own neighbourhood. The book was particularly strong on explaining the psychological principles to the average person, which makes it an informative book without being a heavy read.

“like bodies of water change the lands they run through over time, we are shaped and impacted by those who love us”

Many more beautiful quotes could be retrieved, but this one is my favorite. We won’t accept the influence from people that do not care about us. The book makes us stand still and think about how we treat others. The little things that seem obvious, but are often forgotten.

The book is most suited for caregivers like parents, teachers, counsellors etc., but I believe that everybody could learn a lesson from Mister Rogers. The novel is an enlightening read that made me reflect on how I treat people in my life. I found myself constantly wanting to share the knowledge I acquired while reading with my family members.

You can check out more about the book and the author here.

Book review: Enjoy Food!…and some more myths that still prevent you from doing so, by Pavel Stanishev

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | non-fiction | (Enjoy Food, #2)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was gifted a free e-book copy in exchange for my honest review. After enjoying so much book 1 from this same author I moved on to book 2, where the authors exposes true facts about various famous diets and how they seek fast results in short period of time. I found it very interesting when it was summarized that the best diet depends on a absolute change in one’s permanent eating habits. The book continues to present how each and every one of us have different eating habits and taste, so the diet should be specifically adapted for each person; like myself, I prefer salty foods ; so always salads over fruits. The author made me intrigued about discussions over the food industry and their analyses to input more sales ; I.e. super food, organic, gluten -free , low fat , etc and the myths created around these types of foods that always made me look for them without knowing the true facts behind it; were they actually beneficial as marketing exposes them to be?

The book relies its research on various scientific journals, with many quoted reports on the footnotes, which makes it very creditable. He even brings up some tips on how we can use filters on searching for nutrition and food information, based on science and reliable sources, for improved knowledge. In conclusion it is an enlightening read that brings up a very important point of view: people should focus more on consuming good & affordable meals; because they are healthy and balanced, cheap and tasty, and not necessarily just go for the most promoted alternative by brands.

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Book review: Enjoy Food!…and the top myths that still prevent you from doing so, by Pavel Stanishev

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | non-fiction | (Enjoy Food, #1)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was gifted a free e-book copy in exchange for my honest review. The author describes in a clear manner his concerns about the current situation of food diets and trends. Nowadays, people (including myself) have been guilty of looking for a quick and short term diet solution and not really focusing on their health.

I particularly enjoyed the reflections that the author makes about the big picture on each subject that he brings ; sugar, detox, salt, diet, etc. it made me wonder about the need for balance among physical, mental and social aspects of my life ; which is the ultimate goal. One concept that brought me a much needed revelation was how the food industry uses marketing to mislead us to spend more money on expensive foods – e.g. organic x conventional food- instead of applying real concerns about the collective bigger good, which would entail a balance between health, environment and costs, etc .

I really enjoyed all the insights he presents and will definitely want to read more of his books, which even though are technical they are portrayed in a very easy to comprehend way with a lot of real and based sources, making me rethink how to enjoy my food even more !

photo at @tata.lifepages