Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to be Human: The Manual written and read by Ruby Wax with Ash Ranpura and Gelong Thubten. A three way encounter between a Monk, a neuroscientist and Ruby Wax sounds like the set up for a joke. Instead its produced one of the most fascinating, intriguing and informative books about minds and bodies and brains and mindfulness Ive ever encountered. A tr… iangulation on what it means to be human. Utterly readable and surprisingly wise. Neil Gaiman How to Be Human is, without exaggeration, a lifeline; wise, practical and funny, it is a handbook for those in despair. It is actually for everyone alive, for the curious, or disillusioned or muddled or just plain happy. Ruby, the Monk and the Neuroscientist are todays Magi. Joanna Lumley With this marvellous book, Ruby Wax has confirmed her position as one of the most readable, inspirational and engaging writers in the field of human mental health, happiness and fulfilment. Stephen Fry It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this has won the evolutionary Hunger Games by the fact youre on all twos and not some fossil. This should make us all the happiest species alive - most of us arent, whats gone wrong? Weve started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans. Were so used to upgrading things like our iPhones: as soon as the new one comes out, we dont think twice, we dump it. (Many people I know are now on iWife4 or iHusband8, the motto being, if its new, its better.) We cant stop the future from arriving, no matter what drugs were on. But even if nearly every part of us becomes robotic, well still, fingers crossed, have our minds, which, hopefully, well be able use for things like compassion, rather than chasing whats better, and if we can do that were on the yellow brick road to happiness. I wrote this book with a little help from a monk, who explains how the mind works, and also gives some mindfulness exercises, and a neuroscientist who explains what makes us us in the brain. We answer every question youve ever had about: evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, kids, the future and compassion. How to be Human is extremely funny, true and the only manual youll need to help you upgrade your mind as much as youve upgraded your iPhone.
Series: Penguin Life