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Self-Help Books

1. “The Last Lesson”. When Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, gave this lecture entitled “How to Reach Your Childhood Dreams”. He had just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. However, this book is not about death, but about the importance of overcoming obstacles and taking advantage of time. Through his more personal, humorous vision, he offers us a lesson in humility to enjoy life with others.

2. How to win friends and influence people” Among them are: Edison, Franklin D. Roosevelt or James Farley. It was first published in 1936 and 1940 in Spanish, and continues to be republished to the present day (61st edition). This book aims to improve interpersonal relationships through rules and ways of pleasing others. Some of its fundamental slogans are: “Don’t criticize, don’t condemn or complain”; “Show honest and sincere appreciation” and “Awaken in others a vehement desire”.

3. “Reinvent yourself”. Invites the reader to self-discovery, offers a map to know ourselves better and to face life with a new look. For Puig the fundamental keys of our nature are energy, wisdom, serenity, joy, creativity and love.

4. “Where is the limit? Ultrafondist and stockbroker. In this book he narrates his life and passions. His main objective is to push himself to the limit. In his letter of introduction his intentions are very clear: “I am not an ex-broker who one day had a downturn, decided to rethink life, start from scratch, leave the Stock Exchange and devote himself to cycling. No, I’m not one of them. I decided to become an ultra-distance runner and take part in the hardest tests in the world to try to find out where the limit of the human body was – where my limit was – in the same way that a good stockbroker sniffs, listens, tries and risks to take advantage of a good vibe and find out until when to hold out and when to sell.

5. “Journey to optimism”. The keys to the future. Faced with the fatalism of the present -wrapped in the economic crisis- the author gives us arguments and scientific advances and shows us “the world we see and the one we imagine” because “any past time was worse and any future will always be better”.

6. “The art of not getting bitter in life”. Many of our problems are the cause of a bad philosophy of life. The author defines emotional disorders as terribilitis. This work is a scientific, practical and clear method to make people stronger and happier. Through their personal life, and anecdotes in their consultation, the depressed or grumpy can become joy and serenity.

7. “Death: A Dawn”. Explains the experience of death – a passage towards a new life – and considers it to be similar to that of birth. “It is simply a matter of abandoning the physical body as the butterfly abandons its silk cocoon. Our consciousness passes into a new state in which our spirit continues to grow.

8. “The path of tears”. Leads us to the fullness of the human being because “the path to personal fulfillment is difficult and continuous,” says the author. But the path of pain is indispensable and we must learn to leave behind what is no longer with us.

9. “I am smarter than hunger. The best secret to lead a healthy life and control our body is in our mind, as it is a psychological rather than a physical matter. This is what Eva Campos Navarro defends in this book. Because, for the author, you can become the person you want to be.

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