Swearing is usually a bad thing to do, right? Wrong! According to Emma Byrne, swearing has (among other things) been shown to reduce physical pain and to help stroke victims recover their language. So now you know why it helps to yell @??**@##* when you stub your toe! Her book, Swear!ng is Go*d F*r You is a spirited, hilarious defence of our most cherished bad language backed by cutting-edge research and historical case studies. Did you know that some form of swearing has existed since the earliest humans began to communicate … and for that matter, that chimpanzees create their own curse words? Swearing, in fact, has a huge breadth of connections in our everyday lives – in helping group bonding, in stress management and in reducing violence, for example. Profile Books, R305.
You’d think being yourself would be easy, but that’s not always true. Unfortunately, too often instead of leaning in to who we are and what we want, we let ourselves be ruled by what other people expect. If you think it’s time to put your happiness first, read Sarah Knight’s You Do You which is packed with her trademark no-bullsh*t advice revealing when it’s okay to be selfish, why it’s pointless to be perfect and how to ignore the haters and prove the doubters wrong. Go for it! Quercus, R275.