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Book tips of 2022 by Oasis of Radical Wellbeing

Looking for a fascinating new book to read during the holidays? Oasis of Radical Wellbeing has published book tips througout the year 2022 on @aaltowellbeing Instagram. Read the complete list of the book tips below!
Book tips by Oasis

Oasis of Radical Wellbeing aims to support the holistic wellbeing and inclusion of the entire Aalto community. During 2022, the Oasis team collected book tips for the Aalto community on their Instagram account @aaltowellbeing, including topics in e.g. self-compassion, antiracism, social class, gender equality, psychology, philosophy and sustainability. See the list of the book tips of 2022 below!

If you have ideas for the book tips of 2023, please feel free to drop as an email at [email protected]

Fierce self-compassion

Kristin Neff: Fierce self-compassion - How women can harness kindness to speak up

Self-kindness means we soothe and comfort ourselves when in pain. Mindfulness allows us to live with and validate our pain in an open, accepting manner.

Key words: compassion, self-compassion, wellbeing


Rutger Bregman: Humankind - A hopeful history

We are taught that human beings are selfish by nature and governed by self-interest. What if someone would argue that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are inherently good?

Key words: psychology, history, humankind

Invisible women

Caroline Criado-Perez: Invisible Women - Exposing data bias in a world designed for men

Data is fundamental in the modern world. However, so much data fails to take gender into account, treating men as the default and women as atypical. Bias and discrimination are baked into our systems.

Key words: gender equality, data, discrimination

A wonderful life

Frank Martela: A Wonderful Life - Insights on finding a meaningful existence

What brings significance to our existences? Why do we have a longing beyond the present moment and an insatiable dissatisfaction with where we are?

Key words: philosophy, wellbeing, happiness, purpose, meaningfulness

Sister Outsider

Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider - Essays and speeches

Fifteen essays and speeches by a black lesbian poet and feminist writer propound social difference as a vehicle for action and change.

Key words: sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism, class

Why I am no longer talking to white people about race

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race

Are you willing to learn more about black history, examine white privilege and white fragility, and understand better racial equality and justice?

Key words: whiteness, racism, privilege, bias

Third culture kids

Mona Eid, Koko Hubara & Kiia Beilinson: Third Culture Kids Suomi Finland
(available only in Finnish)

What is it like to grow up and live in the realities of several cultures at the same time? This question is answered by 40 Finns, who live at the crossroads of cultures.

Key words: identity, culture, diversity, racism, migration

Korkeintaan vähän väsynyt

Eeva Kolu: Korkeintaan vähän väsynyt
(available only in Finnish)

Do we live in a "burnout culture"? Pursuit of perfection, shame and continuous performing need to be balaned with joy, humour, compassion and idleness. How to feel adequate in an abundant world where nothing seems to be enough?

Key words: self-compassion, boundaries, burn-out, wellbeing


Esa Saarinen: Ajattelusta
(available only in Finnish)

Better thinking creates a better life." How to give a possibility for a possibility? And what actually happens, when we pause and think of what we are thinking?

Key words: philosophy, thinking, wellbeing, humanity


Natalia Kallio - Kotileikki
(available only in Finnish)

How important is social class in Finnish society today? Debute writer describes the class differences in Finnish society and shows the reality where everyone does not have equal opportunities to make choices, but hope for a better future still sparks.

Key words: class, inequality, poverty, society

Less is more

Jason Hickel: Less is more - How degrowth will save the world

As the world is awakening to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, we must think of alternatives to create a system that is more sustainable, equal and caring. How could jobs, health and progress could look like in the near future?

Key words: sustainability, degrowth, post-capitalism

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