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Review: Feel good. Do good work.

The book is a refreshing take on understanding wellness and well being in the context of a dynamic and forever in flux corporate culture. Annette and Kelly have assimilated their wealth of experience, knowledge, and their personal journey in sharing with readers what matters most in the field of work, and working effectively & mindfully.

It is hard to differentiate between ones’ personal and professional lives in the times of today, given what was once a home sanctuary is also now a day time office. Resilience, alignment between personal values and organisational culture, investing in self care to reap its benefits as professional outputs and outcomes is very relevant. Dotted with examples and case studies, the book brings to the forefront robust theoretical understandings to better understand our actions, thoughts, emotions and attitudes, at workplace, and otherwise. The narrative is not incessant and thus, urges the reader to pause, reflect, and introspect. A wonderful way to ease the reader to the authors’ perspective.

From an academics’ viewpoint, I will recommend this gem of a book to my peers, who are in similar position like me- aiming to negotiate a fine balance between numerous stakeholders- be it the university, students, managing a team, or overseeing smooth operational and strategic running of a study course. Life of an academic is relentless, and 2020 has made it even more stark. However in moments of doubt, when one needed to take a stock check to avoid a burnout- this book came to rescue, in a non-imposing, and a practical way Almost like a vicarious mentor.

A lot our students on the course are fantastic multitaskers. Juggling between jobs, studies, parenthood, or caring responsibilities. I do believe this book will be a resourceful tool for them to have in their tool box, to help keep their sight on well being, self care, and belonging. Resilience is not a gifted asset but an acquired habit. As the saying goes – one needs to be prepared not for a sprint, but rather a life long marathon.

I found the glossary at the end of the book a very convenient section to go over concepts and theories in a succinct way. Something that students will find handy too!

An easy and pleasurable read- thank you Annette and Kelly for sharing with us what you have through this book.

Amrita Narang

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