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Looking for Spirituality Books Backed By Science? Here are 8 Recommendations

Looking for Spirituality Books Backed By Science? Here are 8 Recommendations

There are so many self-help and spirituality books out there, it can be hard to figure out which ones are going to be useful and which ones not to waste your money on. A lot of these books have information that is backed by science, and have information that you will want to know. But, don’t discount the books that are not backed by science. After all, they can also be loaded with great information based on personal experiences. Both have their merits, but finding the best titles can still be difficult. If you want some great books that will help you change the way you think about things, we would like to recommend the following eight books.

1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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    In this book, author Charles Duhigg talks about how we get into habits, and not all of them are good habits. He will teach you how to get into better habits that will improve your life, both personal and professional.

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    2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

      This book may be 1,800 years old, but everything in it still rings true today. Written by Marcus Aurelius, Meditations has been confirmed by science as being effective on our emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.

      3. Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

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        Author Maxwell Maltz is a plastic surgeon who wanted to help his patients see that they are beautiful on the inside, and that is what they need to look after first rather than worry about how they look. This powerful book is loaded with advice that will help to improve your own self-confidence and overcome your fears. So, what is true beauty?

        4. Getting things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

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          Author David Allen shows you how easy it is to not get things done, and how to turn yourself into someone who does get things done. He talks about how you can have great ideas, but no ability to execute those ideas, and that your success depends on being in action all the time.

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          5. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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            Author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discusses how you can get into a flow state in your life. What does this mean? Think about this. You are doing something that you really love. It makes you feel good, it energizes you, and the time just flies by while you are doing it. This is your flow state, and you can learn how to always be in this state.

            6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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              This book by Dale Carnegie has been around for a long time, but the information within still holds true today. Carnegie has given us a definitive guide about how to use our emotional intelligence to our advantage, both in our personal and business lives. This is one of the must-have self-help books that should be owned by everyone.

              7. Waking Up by Sam Harris

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                You don’t necessarily need religion in order to be spiritual. If you are confused about religion, this book by neuroscientist Sam Harris is just what you need. The author talks about how the brain relates to consciousness, and ultimately how that relates to our spirituality. He shows us that it is possible to be highly spiritual without being religious.

                8. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

                10% Happier by Dan Harris

                  If you are always looking at the negative aspect of everything, stop everything you are doing and read this book by Dan Harris now. Also a news anchor, Harris discusses his dealings with the crazier self-help gurus who were nothing more than scam artists, and then actually uses science to see if their claims are real. Then, he reveals the area where science meets spirituality, and how the two are able to marry.

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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