In the lead up to exams, this documentary series can help you to "discover the secrets to increasing your brain's power to meet everyday challenges and enhance your life... Delivered by Dr. Richard Restak, an award-winning teacher and practicing neurologist, this engaging 12-lecture course shows you how to take advantage of the basic principles of brain operation and build the brain you want to live with for the rest of your life".
Another good documentary series for this busy time of year: "tackling the serious topic of stress in his famously entertaining manner, Professor Sapolsky [unpacks] how we can reduce the risk of stress-related disease when we have an outlet for stress and frustration, some control over what's causing us stress, the ability to predict stressors, and, perhaps most importantly, social connectedness for emotional support".
Unwind with "this personal reflection by filmmaker and film teacher, Gillian Leahy, [which] raises questions about how we relate to the 'wild' in dogs, and how we relate to other animals (and humans) in the world at large. Gill questions her own relationship with her big brown chocolate Labrador, Baxter. In Gill's idiosyncratic, honest and dogged way, the film takes a walk down Gill's life with dogs, her relationships with people and most significantly her current relationship with the charming and willful Baxter".
Take some time out and enjoy this documentary "journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories from around the world and powerful interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion".
Chill out with this feel-good movie. "Ali dreams big - he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he's been promised to another girl at his father's mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn't get the marks. And above all he wants to make his father proud. Really proud. Ali's Wedding is an affectionate and entertaining story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia".
In this delightful, heart warming, French film "an unlikely friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic and his caretaker, who was just released from prison. [It was] nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes [and] for the Best Film not in the English Language at the BAFTA Awards [and was the] winner of the Best Actor Award at the Cesar Awards".
Take some time out to "meet the dazzling women of Paris; from Colette to Nancy Mitford; Marie Antoinette to Coco Chanel; Napoleon's Josephine to Edith Wharton. Rule-breakers and style-setters, these women were utterly diverse, yet they shared one common passion - Paris, the world's headquarters of femininity".
Give your brain a break from studying by trying out some new artistic skills with "The Art of Whimsical Lettering... an artful instruction book on creating stylized fonts and expressive artwork with personal handwriting skills. Author Joanne Sharpe shows you how to create exuberant and personalized writing styles for your artwork whether it be a journal, canvas art, or other projects that use text".
Enjoy this lighthearted story on audio book. "Warm, humorous and uplifting, Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international bestsellers. [This first novel] introduces us to Mma Ramotswe [and her secretary Mma Makutsi] as [they] embarks on [their] first case".
Enjoy some short fiction in this collection of re-imagined fairy tales. "The heroines and heroes bedevilled by [a multitude of magical problems] in these fairy tales include a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as two characters from [the author's other book] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Strange himself and the Raven King".
Feed your mind with something other than study. MiNDFOOD is a leading magazine for "smart thinking content. [It features] delicious recipes, health tips, latest community news, puzzles, how to videos, destinations [to visit, and more]".
Daydream about all the places you could visit someday (after semester ends?) with the Lonely Planet. This month's magazine takes us to Norway, Poland, the USA, Italy, Tokyo, Edinburgh, Bangkok, Munich, Paris, and Oxford.