Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to an audiobook – a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are some of our favorite reads and why it’s worth your attention.
1. The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.
2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book. In this book, Brené Brown teaches us how to lead a wholehearted life and to be happy, and one does not need to be perfect. It all lies in our state of mind and how we view ourselves. We will learn how to overcome the common feelings many of us face when we feel inadequate, and rise better and stronger after that. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically.
3. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation.
4. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
Make Your Bed is an incredible gem packaged tightly into a small book that lends itself well to an easy and quick read. This book offers tidbits that are simplistic yet powerful. Each chapter highlights a little thing that can make a great change in one’s life which then can change the world. McRaven’s commencement speech was delivered to the graduates of The University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014 and has garnered over 13 million views on YouTube.
5. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. How to Create a New You by Deepak Chopra
Having revealed the connection between our health and our thoughts, Chopra shows us how to create a whole new self – the self we want to be – in this revolutionary sequel. Chopra explains how the body is a reflection of the mind, a symbol in flesh and blood of everything you think and feel. From early childhood, each one of us has invented our bodies and our personalities through our beliefs, conditioning and responses to everyday stress. But we have mostly done this unconsciously, which is why we may now feel unfulfilled. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul will help us to reconnect with our ideal sense of self, guiding us one step at a time through a remarkable process of renewal and discovery.
6. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
This is a memoir that shows us the real importance of hard work. David Goggins beautifully portrays how hard work, self-discipline, and mental toughness transformed his life from a depressed, overweight young man to the only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller.
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