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Sometimes we could all use a little inspiration.
If you suffer from lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis, the progression of symptoms can fundamentally affect your outlook on life. When everyday activities such as taking a shower, walking to the mailbox or playing with your grandchildren begin to pose a challenge, it’s easy to lose hope. However, in these moments sometimes our best lessons can come through the stories of others.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you the 4 Essential Books for Those with COPD to break you out of any slump and keep you feeling inspired.
4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption –Laura Hillenbrand
It should come as no surprise that World War II has produced some of the greatest stories of our nation’s history. In a war of true good and evil, the story of Louis Zamperini is a compelling one. Despite feeling alienated and rejected as an Italian-American, he let this disparity fuel his determination and went on to become an Olympic track star and soldier in WWII. While flying, his crew was shot down and spent 47 days drifting on a raft. In a cruel twist of fate, the crew was rescued by a Japanese warship and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp for over two years. Throughout his internment, Zamperini was brutalized. Yet, by the novel’s close, he holds no ill will toward the Japanese government and in 1998, at 81, ran the torch for the Nagano Winter Olympics as a show of good will.
3. Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment– Peter Buffett
The son of the great business investor Warren Buffet, Peter Buffet poses the fundamental question:
In life, which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?
As a renowned musician, composer and philanthropist in his own right, Peter Buffet explains the virtues and lessons he has learned through the wisdom of his father, and in particular, that there is greater substance in what you do than in the simple pursuit of wealth. In this sense, Buffet reminds us that in life, quality will always prevail before quantity, and by pursuing a quality life through our own means, we allow ourselves to be happy.
2. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom – Jonathan Haidt
Simply put, Jonathan Haidt’s book on psychology is about finding happiness. Having scoured the texts and teachings of great thinkers such as Plato, Buddha and Jesus, he picks apart their ideas in an attempt to find happiness in our modern lives. In life, there are positives and negatives in anything. You could eat the best meal of your life and still find disappointment that the meal will soon be over. However, happiness and positivity are fundamentally linked, and as Haidt’s book puts forth, choosing to be positive is necessary to achieving long-lasting happiness.
1. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz
Championed by Oprah Winfrey, and written by the Native American author Don Miguel Ruiz, the book dives into the issues of the mind we often face in the creation of our own limitations and unhappiness. At times, our worst enemies can be ourselves. Throughout the book, Ruiz tackles these misconceptions by creating four simple rules:
- Be Impeccable With Your Word.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally.
- Don’t Make Assumptions.
- Always Do Your Best.
Simple but powerful lessons.
At the Lung Institute, we understand that mental well-being is just as important as the physical. We hope you enjoy reading these 4 essential books for those with COPD. If you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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