Category: Humanist Life Skills

Humanist Life Skills

Have the courage to live life fully - Humanism

Humanism is a highly effective approach to human development. It is as concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. These books and programs will help you learn how to think better, have better relationships and feel more fulfilled.


Book and Video – Principles of Humanistic Leadership

Book and Video – Principles of Humanistic Leadership

Humanism is a philosophy that centers on acknowledging the dignity of your fellow humans. It is a recognition that our behavior impacts others. We don’t live in a vacuum.When we are in a leadership position, we have even more responsibility to do good, not just for ourselves, but for our team as well. Humanistic management or leadership is a philosophical approach that is at once: compassionate, ethical, responsible, reasonable, and strategic. To be an effective, ethical leader requires a variety Read more [...]
Book and Program: Humanistic Conflict Management

Book and Program: Humanistic Conflict Management

This is a compilation of 7 of Jennifer Hancock’s books dealing with the subject of conflict management from a humanistic perspective. These books are companions to online courses offered at Humanist Learning Systems and contain the transcripts of those programs for easy home reference.

The Bully Vaccine – Book

The Bully Vaccine – Book

This book is designed to help parents vaccinate their kids against bullies and other obnoxious petty people. By preparing for them in advance you can effectively inoculate yourself against the worst of their behavior. It’s based on behavioral conditioning techniques and will help you learn what exactly has to happen to make a bully stop.

The Humanist Approach to Grief – Book

The Humanist Approach to Grief – Book

Non-religious individuals who are experiencing grief need a resource that they can turn to as they process their grief. They need a resource that will help them cope, as Humanists, with the emotional trauma that is the grieving process. This is that book.

The Humanist Approach to Happiness – Book

The Humanist Approach to Happiness – Book

This is a book that basically says – here are personal ethics, here is why they are important, and here is how you can apply them to your daily life and why doing so will help you live a happier more productive life. Great for parents to use to help talk to their kids about why ethics are important and how to integrate ethics into their decision making.

Guide To Coping With Depression

Guide To Coping With Depression

Book: Guide To Coping With Depression 
This book is a series of short activities. Really easy activities. Things that anyone can do. And that's why it's so helpful. Depression makes it hard to think and hard to plan. So anything complicated, is hard to do. But these exercises- are simple. They don't take a lot of brain power and they are calming to do. You'll read it and go - oh yeah - I do like doing that. I can do that.
This is not a magic book. It's just - simple and practical things you can Read more [...]

Video: How to De-Escalate Conflicts Using Behavioral Science

Video: How to De-Escalate Conflicts Using Behavioral Science

This program will help you learn how to use behavioral science to respond to conflict and other interpersonal problems in a way that will actually fix the problem. It will help you learn how to stand your ground while still being compassionate and avoid getting drawn into other people's drama.
Can behavioral science help us learn how to respond to conflict so we can be happier and more effectively help solve our problems without getting drawn into unnecessary drama? Yes it can and Jennifer Hancock, Read more [...]

Video – How to Win Arguments Without Arguing: Socratic Jujitsu

Video – How to Win Arguments Without Arguing: Socratic Jujitsu

How to Win Arguments Without Arguing: Socratic Jujitsu
Learning how to persuade and influence people is an essential life skill. Learning how to influence people without being a jerk is priceless. 
n this program, author and Humanist Jennifer Hancock will discuss recent research on how ideas are formed and changed to help you learn how to more effectively persuade people to your point of view. Understanding why and how to turn conversations around using Socratic questioning techniques will help Read more [...]

The School of Life Books

The School of Life Books

The School of Life - EbooksThe School of life is an educational organization founded by Alain de Botton, atheist 2.0 author and philosopher. This series is from educators who work at the School of Life. The nice thing about these self help books is that there is no religious mumbo jumbo in them. How to Stay Sane How to Deal with Adversity How to Find Fulfilling Work How to Change the World How to Age How to Think More About Sex How to Be AloneHow to Think About Exercise Read more [...]

Book – The Unheard Cry for Meaning

Book – The Unheard Cry for Meaning

The Unheard Cry for Meaning: Psychotherapy and HumanismThe Unheard Cry for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is a wonderful book that combines humanism with self help and psychotherapy. Addressing our angst and search for meaning and it's impact on our mental health. And he does this all from an explicitly Humanist frame of reference.In these selected essays, written between 1947 and 1977, Dr. Frankl illustrates the vital importance of the human dimension in psychotherapy. Using a wide range of subjects—including Read more [...]

Book – How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass

Book – How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass

How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right QuestionsIn a media-driven world of talking heads, gurus, urban legends, and hype, learning to think more clearly and critically, and helping others to do the same, is one of the most important things you can do. This book by Christopher Dicarlo will help you learn those skills.In this witty, incisive guide to critical thinking the author provides you with the tools to allow you to question beliefs and assumptions Read more [...]

Book – The Wellness Syndrome

Book – The Wellness Syndrome

The Wellness SyndromeThe Wellness Syndrome is a book about how our obsession with wellness is actually hurting us. The impetus we have to equate wellness with morality is the central problem. This book straddles the discussion between humanism and wellness.In this ground-breaking new book, Carl Cederström and André Spicer argue that the ever-present pressure to maximize our wellness has started to work against us, making us feel worse and provoking us to withdraw into ourselves. The Wellness Syndrome Read more [...]

Book – The Power of Pause

Book – The Power of Pause

The Power of Pause: How to be More Effective in a Demanding, 24/7 World The Power of Pause by Nance Guilmartin is an excellent book. It is basically about how to take a pause so you can think more rationally and strategically and thus give yourself a better chance of success. This ability to pause so you can think before you act is the first step to thinking critically. Nance provides excellent easy to implement exercises to help you master the technique. This practical method helps even the most Read more [...]

Book & Video: Planning for Personal Success

Book & Video: Planning for Personal Success

This book discusses how Humanists approach the important business of living a life that is fully realized and understanding what success really means. It is designed to help you think more explicitly about how to live your values fully, using critical thinking to improve your odds of success and to remove the fears that overwhelm you.

Book – Find Your Purpose in Life Using Science

Book – Find Your Purpose in Life Using Science

Find Your Purpose Using Science
Gleb Tsipursky’s new workbook, “Find Your Purpose Using Science” is a nice addition to your science based self help library. It is filled with thought provoking exercises as well information on what research has shown works to provide meaning and purpose to people’s lives. While Gleb doesn’t answer the question of what your purpose in life is, he does guide you so that you can discover for yourself what your highest order goals really are. Knowing what you Read more [...]

Book – Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

Book – Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality
It is amazing how much baggage people carry with them when they have sex. The Humanist approach to sex is that it is a foundational human urge. Similar to the need for food. It should be consensual and pleasurable, for everyone involved. We do not consider it sinful unless it is coerced or causes harm. 
Dr. Darrel Ray has written a wonderful book for people who experienced religious indoctrination about sex who find now that the guilt they attach Read more [...]

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
 Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short—plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (the appeal to ignorance). And Lion doesn’t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that Read more [...]

Living Made Simpler

Living Made Simpler

Living Made Simpler

A Humanist Life Skills Course by Jennifer Hancock. This is a companion course to the book and is available as a downloadable video program and is occasionally offered live through Humanist Learning Systems Read more [...]

Visualizations for Empowerment – Audio Program

Visualizations for Empowerment – Audio Program

Visualizations For Empowerment
By Dr. Sirota of The Ruthless Compassion Institute. This audio program walks you through 11 different visualization exercises on this full-length audio CD. These are designed to help people connect to the different parts of their psyche and to heal the wounds of childhood.

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Video – Planning for Personal Success

Video – Planning for Personal Success

 Planning for Personal Success - Video
This course on applied humanism discusses a humanistic approach to the important business of living a life that is fully realized, to help you not only understand what success really means but how to achieve it. Learn how to stay focused and not give up when you hit a roadblock on your road to success! Taught by Jennifer Hancock, founder of Humanist Learning Systems.
This program was originally created for college students to help them learn how to make Read more [...]

The Moral Molecule – Book

The Moral Molecule – Book

The Moral Molecule: How Trust Works

By PAUL J. ZAK, Ph.D., is professor of economic psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University. He is at the vanguard of neuroeconomics, a new discipline that integrates neuroscience and economics. This book explores the role oxytocin plays in regulating moral behavior. (Recommended by Humanist Meditation instructor Rick Heller)

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Humanism for Parents – Book

Humanism for Parents – Book

This is a great book. Even though it is geared towards non-religious parents, it still lays out the principles of Humanist parenting quite well and can provide you with helpful ideas on how to provide for the needs of your increasingly independant child.

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