Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter, Ph.D. 2011, Ballantine Books The Idea Christine Carter, the executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, provides a blueprint for raising happier children and becoming happier yourself in the process. She distills research in the fields of psychology, sociology, and neuroscience into practical, actionable advice. Recommended For If you’re a parent who wants to develop some self-care practices for yourself and your children, this book might give you some ideas. There are a lot of suggestions about making your life easier, specifically not […]
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Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe 2012, St. Martin’s Griffin The Idea You can travel anywhere in the world, but if you’re suffering from ennui when you depart, chances are those feelings are going to follow you to your destination. You can’t escape your mind, so why not hunker down and make it a more comfortable place to spend time? Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of the meditation app Headspace and former Buddhist monk, shows how taking the time to meditate 10 minutes each day can help you feel less crummy… […]
I Will Teach You to Be Rich By Ramit Sethi 2009, Workman Publishing Company The Idea This book helps you take inventory of your financial situation, so you can put it on auto-pilot and get back to living your life sans looming money guilt. Recommended For If you’ve never had the time or energy to think critically about your financial situation (or if you have, but doing so gave you an uneasy feeling so you stopped), you may have luck with this book. The Pros I Will Teach You to Be Rich is so easy to read and implement. Ramit includes […]
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brene Brown 2007, Avery The Idea Shame is harmful. And because it’s not as glamorous as something like failure (seriously), we don’t talk about it. In this book, Brene Brown tackles the tricky topic with her characteristic thoughtfulness. She explores how becoming resilient to shame can help us form stronger connections with ourselves and others, leading to happier, more productive lives. Recommended For Anyone feeling uncomfortable in their skin. By the end of this book, you’ll be on your […]
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen 2000, Penguin Books The Idea The hardest conversations are typically the most important ones (and the easiest to screw up). Thankfully, three smart souls from the Harvard Negotiation project have hooked us up with this gem, a book that helps us navigate the challenging meta-conversations that underlie any hairy discussion and become better communicators. Recommended For Anyone who’s ever felt misunderstood. Anyone who’s ever had difficulty communicating, personally or professionally. Anyone who’s wanted to better understand themselves or other people. (At this point, I […]
The Idea Multi-tasking doesn’t make you more productive. To become more effective, you need to narrow your focus and do less. This book urges you to pause before you start a new project and ask yourself—“What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Recommended For Multi-taskers who, despite their round-the-clock work schedules, can’t seem to achieve their goals. The Pros This book explores an idea that many of us intuitively understand, but have a hard time putting into practice. The structure of the book, as well as […]