By Maria Popova
""[I] pray to Jesus to preserve my sanity," Jack Kerouac professed in discussing his writing routine. But those of us who fall on the more secular end of the spectrum might need a slightly more potent sanity-preservation tool than prayer. That's precisely what writer and psychotherapist Philippa Perry offers in How To Stay Sane (public library; UK), part of The School of Life's wonderful series reclaiming the traditional self-help genre as intelligent, non-self-helpy, yet immensely helpful guides to modern living.
"At the heart of Perry's argument – in line with neurologist Oliver Sacks's recent meditation on memory and how "narrative truth," rather than "historical truth," shapes our impression of the world – is the recognition that stories make us human and learning to reframe our interpretations of reality is key to our experience of life:"