How To Be Human
by Ruby Wax
Published by Penguin Books
We’ve done a lot of reading here in the Happy House this winter and one book which has truly enhanced our bookshelves is this.
It sounds like the set up for a joke: what do you get when you combine a stand-up comedian, a neuroscientist and a monk? Well, when the comedian is Ruby Wax, who set aside a career in laughter to take a masters degree in mindfulness therapy and campaigning for better mental health provision, the results are funny, insightful and inspiring.
We’ve learned a lot about the power mindfulness has to bring happiness and calm through the thoughts and practical exercises in this brilliant book. The theory, the science and the spiritual dimension of how we can set ourselves free of stress are explained here with depth but also with humour. Ruby covers evolution, thought, emotion, addiction, relationships and compassion. A great read.
Ian Scott Massie March 2022