Have you ever stumbled upon a book so thought-provoking, so filled with wisdom that you found yourself frantically reaching for a pen, marking up almost every other page, and scribbling down notes left and right? Every now and then, a book barges into my life, shakes things up and compels me to spread the word far and wide.
Though I usually reserve such gems for my one-on-one coaching clientele, today, I’m breaking tradition. I’m letting you, my broader audience, in on these treasures.
Been in the hunt for some impactful reads lately? Well, you’re in luck! I’m about to reveal my current top three book picks guaranteed to inject happiness, health, and fulfillment into your life.
1. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
This book, backed by 200 research studies involving a staggering 275,000 individuals globally, spills the secret sauce: happy individuals often enjoy better marriages, health, finances, performance ratings, and numerous other perks!
If you’ve joined our daily Facebook Live, you’re probably familiar with some of the insights. But for those who’ve missed out, here’s the author’s 5-step blueprint to reprogram your brain for happiness:
– Each day, jot down three things that sparked gratitude. You’re not looking for earth-shattering events, just anything that brought you joy or peace. It trains your brain to spot positives instead of negatives in your world.
– Once a week, spend about ten minutes reminiscing and recording one event that brought you immense joy. It’s an instant happiness booster.
– Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes, four times a week. Studies indicate exercise to be as effective, if not more, as anti-depressants in reducing depression.
– Meditate daily. An innovative gadget, Muse (www.ChooseMuse.com), can guide you on this journey. It provides real-time feedback on your meditation sessions, helping you maintain a calm and clear mind.
– Practice random acts of kindness. It’s a win for all – the doer, receiver, and observers!
Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow by Chip Conley
Here, Conley presents a brilliant diagram illustrating three communication/transaction levels between clients, employees, and investors, equally applicable in business and personal relationships:
– Transactional: I give X, and I get Y in return.
– Relationship: Establishing genuine connections, acknowledging their strengths, and making them feel valued.
– Transformational: The relationship doesn’t just remain transactional; it uplifts the individuals involved.
This book is a gold mine of wisdom. You’re in for a treat!
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Through rigorous research, Dweck identifies the stark difference between people who struggle and those who succeed. She boils it down to two types of mindsets: fixed and growth.
Fixed mindset individuals believe their abilities are set in stone, limiting their scope for growth. On the other hand, those with a growth mindset see their abilities as malleable, focusing on effort and learning to master new skills. Dweck shows how this principle applies across various aspects of life, including business, finance, relationships, and health.
Download the worksheet below for a visual comparison of fixed versus growth mindsets.
To your relentless success,