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Discovering what makes us human, exploring important life hacks, and "how to be", whilst self-reflecting with you all on this journey of improvement. The How To Be...Podcast looks at improving mental health and wellbeing, as well as creating social change through reading books and interviewing authors.

Have you ever thought why is it that my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances can do so much more than me? Well if you have, you're not alone. From confidence, persistence, motivation, to resilience - these life skills can help us go a long way in believing in ourselves.

So I've made it a mission, as a fellow unconfidante, to try examine the tips and guides out there to see if it can help. Whilst I am no expert by any means, I have lived experience of feeling the above so hopefully we can take this path of enhancement together. PS. I do not receive commission for the books and guides reviewed.

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How To Be...Books Podcast Suswati Basu

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

Discovering what makes us human, exploring important life hacks, and "how to be", whilst self-reflecting with you all on this journey of improvement. The How To Be...Podcast looks at improving mental health and wellbeing, as well as creating social change through reading books and interviewing authors.

Have you ever thought why is it that my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances can do so much more than me? Well if you have, you're not alone. From confidence, persistence, motivation, to resilience - these life skills can help us go a long way in believing in ourselves.

So I've made it a mission, as a fellow unconfidante, to try examine the tips and guides out there to see if it can help. Whilst I am no expert by any means, I have lived experience of feeling the above so hopefully we can take this path of enhancement together. PS. I do not receive commission for the books and guides reviewed.

Hit subscribe if you like it!

    Why protest is important - with Pessimism is for Lightweights poet Salena Godden

    Why protest is important - with Pessimism is for Lightweights poet Salena Godden

    Welcome to the "How To Be Books Podcast", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. Protest is an invaluable way to speak truth to power, which is why we spoke to award-winning poet Salena Godden, who wrote Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance.

    Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.

    Other amazing guests who took part:
    Puneet Singh is the founder of ssstart, an organization working towards a more inclusive and accessible society for people with disabilities. His life is an intersection of poverty, domestic violence, and multiple disabilities.Other books/articles looked at:
    Danny Schechter: Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street

    • 31 min
    What we should eat - with Food for Life author Professor Tim Spector

    What we should eat - with Food for Life author Professor Tim Spector

    Welcome to the "How To Be Books Podcast", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. If you want to improve your health and well-being, it is important to know what we should eat, which is why we spoke to Food for Life author Professor Tim Spector OBE.

    Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.

    Other amazing guests who took part:
    Yanira Puy, executive business woman, speaker, and certified wellness coach.Shahada Karim, ayurvedic nutritionist and movement therapist.Hortense Julienne, founder of Miss Nang Treats and charity trustee.Kim Kulp, registered dietitian, speaker and gut health expert.Lisann Valentin, actor, author and intuitive coach.Patricia Kolesa, registered dietician.Abigail Ireland, founder of leadership and training consultancy called Understanding Performance.
    Other books/articles looked at:
    Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

    • 47 min
    Why freedom is important - with Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Dr Shirin Ebadi

    Why freedom is important - with Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Dr Shirin Ebadi

    Welcome to the "How To Be Books Podcast", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. Freedom is important because it allows us to live our lives as we see fit, an aspect that Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Dr Shirin Ebadi talks about in her book Until We Are Free with me.

    Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.

    Other books/articles looked at:
    Akbar Ganji: The Road to Democracy in Iran

    • 24 min
    Why shelter is important - with All The Houses I've Ever Lived In author Kieran Yates

    Why shelter is important - with All The Houses I've Ever Lived In author Kieran Yates

    Welcome to the "How To Be Books Podcast", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. Housing precarity refers to the condition of being vulnerable to housing insecurity or instability, which is why we spoke to All The Houses I've Ever Lived In author Kieran Yates on why shelter is important.

    Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.

    Other amazing guests who took part:
    Irene Abbou is an ICF certified coach trained in the Gottman Method for couples' therapy and double certified in positive psychology.Dr. Jack Drescher, psychoanalyst and past president of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health.
    Other books/articles looked at:
    Matthew Desmond: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    • 41 min
    What is the importance of Gender Euphoria? - with author Laura Kate Dale

    What is the importance of Gender Euphoria? - with author Laura Kate Dale

    Welcome to the "How To Be Books Podcast", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. The representation of LGBTQ+ community in media, politics, and other areas of society can have both positive and negative impacts, which is why I spoke to Gender Euphoria author and editor Laura Kate Dale this week in a bid to understand the importance of joy.

    Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.

    Other amazing guests who took part:
    Bela Gaytan is a queer, neurodivergent, disabled Latina instructional designer, IDEA practitioner with NASA, agency owner, speaker, and advocate with multiple disabilities.Cassie Brooks is an accomplished author of empowering children's picture books like "Sticks and Stones" and "I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me."Chelsea Winstead who identifies as a lesbian, is also the co-founder of HerHQ, a former US Airforce Reserve Officer and a successful entrepreneur.Dr Anjali Ferguson is a culturally responsive licensed psychologist, children's book author, podcast host, and widely sourced expert on treating racial and social trauma and its mental health effects on children and families.
    Other books/articles looked at:
    Ben Pechey: The Book of Non-Binary Joy: Embracing the Power of YouAmrou Al-Kadhi: Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between

    • 37 min
    What is motherhood really like? - Don't Forget to Scream author Marianne Levy

    What is motherhood really like? - Don't Forget to Scream author Marianne Levy

    Welcome to the "How To Be Books Podcast", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. There are many challenges of motherhood that are not always widely discussed or acknowledged in society. As a result we spoke to Don't Forget To Scream author Marianne Levy about her experiences. So why don't we hear about the challenges of motherhood?

    Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.

    Other amazing guests who took part:
    Serene Gato is a Birth Doula and HypnoBirthing Educator.
    Founder of Black and Beech Stacey Grant-Canham.

    Other books/articles looked at:
    Candice Brathwaite: I Am Not Your Baby Mother.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Incredibly insightful!

Love being part of this visionary and brilliantly produced podcast!

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Must listen!

Always such a great selection of stories put together wonderfully by Suswati as well as a range of great experts sharing their fab expertise.

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