Recommended Books

Recommended Books

This section presents an annotated list of recommended books related in some way to the content of this website. It is updated when we become aware of something that may be of interest to you.

Teach or Play??? How little children learn

Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy and Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick with Diane Eyer (2003). Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How our children really learn—and why they need to play more and memorize less. USA: Rodale. ISBN 1-59486-068-8

The authors, both of whom are mothers and professors of psychology, provide a wonderfully written discussion of early brain, cognitive and social development and how these relate to the many products and programs purported to enhance development. The information is accurate and . . .

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On Gratitude

Emmons, Robert, (2007). Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. (ISBN 13:978-0-618-62019-7)

Emmons is one of the foremost scholars working on the emotion of gratitude. This book is written for general readers and presents research findings and ideas from numerous thinkers and writers, together with simple, clear practical suggestions for enriching life through building feelings of gratitude. It is something of a thoughtful “how to” book on gratitude. Readers . . .

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On Happiness

Lyubomirsky, Sonja, (2008). The How of Happiness: A Scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: The Penguin Press.  (ISBN 978-1-59420-148-6)

In this book psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky draws on her own research and that of others to present a very positive and practical guide for people interested in taking simple concrete steps to enhance their daily happiness. She works from the premise that about 50% of our sense of happiness (how happy we feel) is . . .

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