20 Books For Life Improvement & Fulfilment

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Hello Friends,

Things have been relatively quiet here on the blog lately, but I have been busy behind-the-scenes reading, writing, and compiling this list of books I have read, as well as checking out some different books for future reading.

I have also been listening to the 10% Happier podcast (through ABC Radio/ABC News with Dan Harris) which has been amazing to say the least! I have really been getting into podcasts and have more to share with you on this in a future post.

For now, on to the books…

Here are my current top 20 books for a healthy mind and a healthy body. The list includes some of my all-time favourite books when it comes to life improvement, positive psychology, and health-related topics.

BOOKS I’VE READ & LOVE:

1). Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent, & Lead – Brene Brown.

A definite favourite.

2). I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) – Brene Brown.

3). The Gifts Of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be & Embrace Who You Are (Your Guide To A Wholehearted Life) – Brene Brown.

4). Reinventing Your Life – Jeffrey E. Young & Janet S. Klosko.

As the title suggests, this book is life-changing! I am consistently referring the people around me to this book, and I myself come back to it again and again.

5). Buddhism For Mothers: A Calm Approach To Caring For Yourself & Your Children – Sarah Napthali.

Another favourite (and incredibly helpful if you have babies or little kids).

6). 10% Happier – Dan Harris.

This book (and the podcast as mentioned above) is continuing to shape and change my life day by day. I am so thankful, and I highly recommend reading it (and listening) for yourself!

7). How To Think Straight About Psychology – Keith E. Stanovich. 

This book truly changed the way I think about so many things: logical reasoning and rational thought, statistics, probability, and much more. If you would like some more in-depth reading about general psychology, read this book.

8). The Dance Of Connection – Harriet Lerner.

9). The Dance Of Anger – Harriet Lerner.

10). Life Strategies: Stop Making Excuses! Do What Works, Do What Matters – Phil McGraw.

11). Life Code: The New Rules For Winning In The Real World – Phil McGraw.

12). The 20/20 Diet: 20 Key Foods To Help You Succeed Where Other Diets Fail – Phil McGraw.

Note: I am not typically in favour of the use of the term “diet”, especially after training and working as a phone counsellor and group therapist for weight management and eating disorders. I would replace the word “diet” with words such as lifestyle choices, healthy lifestyle, daily habits, routine, nutrition, etc, as “diet” has such negative connotations and implies “restriction” or “punishment”. I mention all of this because I truly believe words are so important when it comes to our state of mind. That being said, this book is useful as it reminds us of the important foods which help with giving us plenty of nutrients and help us feel satiated, such as green leafy vegetables (bok choy would have to be a favourite of mine), lentils, chick peas, and nuts.

13). The Doctor’s Diet – Travis Stork, M.D.

Again, although I am not in favour of the use of the term “diet”, mainly due to the training I have had as a mental health professional, this doesn’t take away from the content of the book, and there are lots of great ideas, advice, and alternatives suggested in order to improve your health and daily habits. It really is all about making a lifestyle change rather than “going on a diet”. The book also includes some great recipes (such as a salad I often make with cucumber and chick peas). There is also The Doctor’s Diet Cookbook with a variety of recipes, and I have and use both these books.

And now for my “currently reading” and “future reading” list:

(I found out about these books through the interviews on the 10% Happier podcast).

CURRENTLY READING:

14). The Trauma Of Everyday Life – Mark Epstein.

FUTURE READING LIST:

15). Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, & The Next Generation Of Enlightenment – Jay Michaelson. 

16). Open To Desire: Embracing A Lust For Life (Insights From Buddhism & Psychotherapy) – Mark Epstein.

17). Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art Of Happiness – Sharon Salzburg. 

18). Real Happiness: The Power Of Meditation – Sharon Salzburg.

19). Real Love: The Art Of Mindful Connection – Sharon Salzburg. 

20). Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience – Sharon Salzburg. 

Have you read any of these books and what are your thoughts? Are there any others you can recommend?

Catch up with you again soon,

Bridget

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