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Mindful : August 2016
THE POWER PARADOX How We Gain and Lose Influence Dacher Keltner • Penguin The word power has a bad reputation. We automatically think of the bad kind, and compound forms like power-mad, p o we r- hungry, and lust for power spring to mind. Keltner—a psychologist specializing in the evolutionary origins of emotion, and fac- ulty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley—wants to reclaim the word. We all need power, he points out. It’s what allows us to make a differ- ence in the world. We earn lasting power through becoming trusted and admired, not, he demonstrates, through bullying, coercion, and violence. These tactics can work for a time, but they fail in the end. Power brings with it a surge of energy, and therein lies its promise and its danger. We get “a rush of expentancy, delight, and confidence” that gives us a sense that we can accomplish things in the world, Kelt- ner says. The opposite, powerlessness, is a curse that limits our choices. The challenge is to avoid falling into, or being driven into, powerlessness, while also not becoming drunk on the dopamine high that power can bring. A tall order, yes, but the first step is to be aware of the power of power, and its benefits, in the first place. JOY ON DEMAND The Art of Discovering Happiness Within Chade-Meng Tan • Harper One Google Employee #107 is at it again. In his second book, the Silicon Valley engi- neer who became known as Google’s Jolly Good Fellow and who brought mindfulness to the tech giant, expands upon his motto “Life is too impor tant to be taken seriously.” While the book is funny, even silly in many places, it pres- ents lots of practical tools for rousing joy in the midst of our harried lives. ● “Power is about making a difference in the world by influencing others.” Dacher Keltner AD Save 20% when you use code MINDFUL829 at roostbooks.com. Offer expires 8/29/16. Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet by Christine Chitnis “Before you crank up the AC, crack open this book. Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is chock-full of creative and flavorful recipes guaranteed to help you stay cool when the mercury soars. I, for one, will be forever grateful for these words, images, and clever, delicious sugges- tions.”—Ashley English, author of Quench and A Year of Pies Hardcover $21.95 Love the House You’re In by Paige Rien Decorating your home can be daunting, but here’s the secret: If you want to love your house, the inspiration and ideas need to come from you. In this process, you’ll gain the confidence to come up with a function- al, fabulous living space that’s just right for you. Paperback $18.00 help you stay cool when the mercury soars. NEW IN MINDFUL LIVING gain the confidence to come up with a function- Roost Books August 2016 mindful 19