There are many benefits to reading that other activities just don't have and intellectual wellness is considered important to over all well-being. Reading ease stress levels, boosts your memory, boosts vocabulary, improve and helps you to learn about the world, feel more connected and encourages goal setting. Books make great gifts. Here are a few we think you will enjoy.
Kids will love this book filled with adventure - bursting with cool facts about amazing animals with tons of visuals (500 photos) to inspire curiosity and learning while having fun. The book also features weird but true facts, new ways to explore outside, fun games, jokes and activities. Plus, the net proceeds supports vital conservation and education programs. This is a fascinating book for kids that is very budget friendly for adults and is stocking-stuffer-sized! $14.99 in paperback.
This is a fabulous resource and go-to-guide that covers practical tips, checklists and sample itineraries for the adult children of elderly parents who want to travel together. Valerie Grubb and her mother have traveled 300,000 miles together for the last 20 years. Grubb includes anecdotes and relatable stories about traveling with a aging parent. Samantha Brown says about the book "....a delightful guide fill of important information for those that to enjoy the companionship of our best travel partners - our parents." $16.95 in paperback.
Blue Mind's subtitle tell it all "The Surprising Science that Shows How Being In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do." On top of being critical to our very existence, most of us know instinctively that water makes us feel better. I love how Wallace's research and writing shows how just being near water can calm the mind better than medication as well as amplify creativity and reinforce our connection to the planet and to each other. Wallace is a PhD research associate at the California Academy of Science and takes science (such as MRIs EEGs and other analytical tools) to place a spotlight on water. Whether it's relaxing in your pool, drinking a glass, looking at a painting or staring at a fishbowl - water is magical. $17.95 in paperback and also comes in a hardcover edition as well.
Focusing on simplicity, positivity and a judgement-free attitude, this is a good resource for anyone who has a Wall Street personality and wants to shift into a healthier, happier and more peaceful lifestyle. The author, Puneet Nanda, was a work warrior, earning him the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Beset by 18 hour days and poor lifestyle habits took a toll on his body, mind and soul until he discovered yoga. He lost 40 pounds and the author invites everyone to discover the benefits of yoga and living a more balanced life. $14.99 in paperback.