The Lessons of History by Will Durant and Ariel Durant: Why I read this book

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I am all about reducing negative stress and increasing health and happiness so I am typically reading books on psychology and other sciences. I am not what we call in English a history buff, that is someone who knows a lot about history. However, lately, some of my mentors have encouraged me to read at least some short books that offer an overview of history so I can see things from a longer term perspective.

Now I have to agree this has been a valuable recommendation because I am seeking to put in perspective why it is us as humans are tending to get more and more negatively stressed as times goes by. I wonder why this has happened and how, as we move into a world of more AI and robotics, will we manage based on our past history.

My reading overviews of history like The Lessons of History (amazon) which is by two very good history scholars and another recent book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (amazon) is expanding my awareness of how current times fit into the trends of the past and future. I am wondering if this can be of value to you as well so we can together view life on a long term scale.

Another book I recently read and highly recommend is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (amazon). It is not a short book, however, it can offer you lots of insight into how we have been and tend to be as humans.

I suggest that the better we understand our nature the easier it appears to be to make better choices that reduce stress and increase our health and happiness.

Your friend on the journey,
David