by Beth Shepard
Looking for a new book to feast on? Dig into our hand-picked selections for well-being pros:
- Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body (2017) — Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson cut through popular myths about meditation and share the latest scientific evidence on what it can and can’t accomplish. Best of all, these experts explain how to meditate smarter for lasting benefits.
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017) — Exploring ideas beyond the well-being industry is an excellent way to spark creativity. Expand your mind and broaden your perspective with this reader-friendly brain-sharpener from Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life (2016) — Psychologist Susan David offers scientific evidence and practical tips for responding to our inner experiences (thoughts, feelings, self-talk) differently — in ways that help us move forward and bring our best to whatever we do.
- Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (2017) — Astronaut Scott Kelly’s captivating memoir gives us a peek at life and work in space, with insights and reflections on how this extreme environment affected his body, mind, and spirit.
- Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose (2017) — Caroline Adams Miller draws on positive psychology research to explain the concept of grit, why it matters, and how to have more of it. Insightful questions and exercises throughout help readers apply learnings.
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2016) — J.D. Vance offers an insider’s insights on the cultural underpinnings shaping the lives, perspectives, and well-being of poor, white, working-class American families for generations.
- How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship (2017) — These attributes increase on-the-job happiness, even under less-than-ideal conditions. Researcher Annie McKee shares practical how-tos peppered with engaging stories to illustrate the contribution of happiness to careers and organizations.
- Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014) — Forget rereading, highlighting, and repetition, say Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. Learning lasts longer when you integrate self-testing, interleaving of subjects, and other evidence-based techniques. And they’ve cleverly woven these practices throughout the book, so you’ll actually remember this stuff.
- The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People (2017) — With solid research and fun-to-read stories, Dan Buettner delivers another riveting work with plenty of tips for creating happier lives, homes, communities, and workplaces.
- The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success (2017) — You don’t have to sacrifice your well-being and relationships to be successful, says scientist Emma Seppälä, who expertly guides readers toward a fulfilling life and career without excessive stress or burnout.