Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Author: Héctor García, Francesc Miralles

Language: English

Summary:  “If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something—and doing it with supreme focus and joy.” —New York Post

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy)—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people.
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Epidemic Illusions – On The Coloniality Of Global Public Health

Author: Eugene Richardson

Language: English

Summary: A physician-anthropologist explores how public health practices–from epidemiological modeling to outbreak containment–help perpetuate global inequities.
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The West and the World: A History of Civilization from the Ancient World to 1700

Author: Kevin Reilly Language: English Summary: This work covers topics such as gender, religion, war, ecology, and nationalism, creating both thematic narratives and the strands of a larger chronological account. It explores major historical turning points, and reveals the dynamic of increasing global interactions. (Goodreads) Continue reading The West and the World: A History of Civilization from the Ancient World to 1700

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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World

Author: Selby B. Beeler, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

Language: English

Summary: What do you do when you lose a tooth? Do you put it under your pillow and wait for the tooth fairy? Not if you live in Botswana! In Botswana, children throw their teeth onto the roof.

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The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day

Author: Meg Cox

Language: English

Summary: Quality family togetherness—everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection grows more important— and rarer— all the time.

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Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Barry Stephenson

Language: English

Summary: Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or innovative and transformational? Continue reading “Ritual: A Very Short Introduction”