These 7 Authors Share Personal Stories to Better Your Lifestyle

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

Neuroscience isn’t on many elementary school lesson plans. But this spring, a second grade class at Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is plunging in.

Credit: Kaitlin Rose Slattery for NPR

Sarah Wechsler, an instructional coach with wide eyes and a marathoner’s energy, asks the students to think about the development and progress that they’ve made already in their lives.

“You probably don’t remember, but there was a time when you didn’t know how to speak and you were just like ‘Wah wah wah blah blah blah, mama, mama!’ ” she tells the kids. “Our brain grows and changes when you try hard things, when you learn new things.”

The children offer their own ideas. “Brains are pink!” “Your brain can get smarter. For example, if you need help with your work, your brain is there in your head for you.”…

These 7 Authors Share Personal Stories to Better Your Lifestyle

Why learn from your own mistakes? That’s old-school thinking, not to mention a waste of time if you’re trying to improve on a personal level. It’s far more efficient to advance your lifestyle by listening to advice from those who’ve “been there, done that.”

But don’t think you’re getting off too easy. You’re still going to have to put in a little effort, beginning with reading a few thought-provoking books.

If you’ve hit one of life’s roadblocks and can’t shake the feeling that you’re going nowhere fast, grab one of these reads. Each author focuses on sharing uncommon lessons that might just recalibrate your internal GPS and get you motoring toward better times. So grab a bottle of water, pour yourself into your favorite recliner and set your phone on silent. You have some self-discovery to do…

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