Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate... by Lisa Damour, PhDWhat it's about: the complex inner lives of teens and how parents can provide the support and space their children need to thrive.
Don't miss: the insights into the unique concerns modern teens face thanks to social media.
Read it for: the engaging and approachable tone author Lisa Damour brings to a potentially overwhelming topic.
"You Just Need to Lose Weight" and 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey GordonWhat it is: What it is: a thought-provoking examination of the issues surrounding and common misconceptions about fatness and the lives of fat people.
Reviewers say: You Just Need to Lose Weight is “a lucid and impassioned guide to combating negative stereotypes about body size” (Publishers Weekly).
About the author: Aubrey Gordon is a columnist for Self magazine, co-host of the podcast Maintenance Phase, and author of What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat.
Sorry, Sorry, Sorry: The Case for Good Apologies by Marjorie Ingall and Susan McCarthyWhat it's about: what makes good apologies good, bad apologies bad, and why they're important for individuals and institutions alike.
Read it for: the well-organized, actionable recommendations for learning to apologize better and for the right reasons.
Reviewers say: "...this book, at its core, could change lives" (Booklist).
Drinking Games: A Memoir by Sarah LevyWhat it is: one part addiction memoir and one part social commentary in which author Sarah Levy examines her own relationship with alcohol in a society that heavily incentivizes its use (and abuse).
Read it for: the candid writing and hopeful, moving tone.
For fans of: Girl Walks Out of a Bar by Lisa Smith; We Are the Luckiest by Laura McKowen.
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick RubinWhat it's about: the nature, power, and importance of creativity and how anyone can (and should) approach it with openness and curiosity.
Want a taste? “You exist as a creative being in a creative being in a creative universe. A singular work of art.“
About the author: Nine-time Grammy winner Rick Rubin is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and producer who has worked with artists including Adele, Rage Against the Machine, and Run-DMC.
The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life by Mike Rucker, PhDWhat it is: a research-based yet accessible guide to the importance of leisure and play in our lives and how to make time and space for the restorative power of joy.
Why you should read it: although the topic may seem unimportant compared to more urgent concerns, learning about the research explored here might change your mind about the health implications of an “all work and no play” attitude.
Try these next: Enchantment by Katherine May; Freely Determined by Kennon M. Sheldon.
The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power by Katherine Morgan SchaflerWhat it's about: the ups and downs of perfectionism, the different forms it can take, and how to harness this powerful personality trait without overdoing it.
Read it for: the author's personal, self-effacing reflections on the topic as she explores perfectionism in general alongside her own perfectionist tendencies.
Reviewers say: This is “an insightful guide on how to sweat the details” (Publishers Weekly).
8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go by Jay ShettyWhat it is: a thoughtful and engaging guide to rethinking your approach to your individual relationships and the concept of love in general.
Topics include: the importance of being intentional; unlearning the belief that breakups are inherently “failing” a relationship.
About the author: Former Vedic monk Jay Shetty is an instagram influencer, podcaster, keynote speaker, and author of Think Like A Monk.
The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Robert Waldinger, MD and Marc Schulz, PhDWhat it's about: how to live your best life, based on an ongoing, multigenerational study of happiness that began in 1938.
How it works: every 15 years, study participants (or their descendants) are surveyed in person about their satisfaction with their lives.
For fans of: authors of other works about happiness, Such as Angela Duckworth, Daniel Pink, and Arthur Brooks.
Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning Is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy by Daniel T. Willingham, PhDWhat it is: a practical, research-based guide to how the brain learns and how to make the most of it.
Read it for: the straightforward, actionable tips presented in digestible, well-organized sections at the end of each chapter.
Reviewers say: “Highly informative and inspiring: a must-read for students of any age” (Kirkus Reviews).
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