Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life by Dave AspreyWhat it is: an exploration of the productivity techniques and personal growth strategies of notable professionals at the top of their respective fields.
Featuring: psychotherapist Esther Perel, entrepreneur Tim Ferriss, motivational speaker Gabby Bernstein, and journalist Arianna Huffington.
Topics include: how to manage anxiety; how to create and stick to good habits; mindfulness; and the importance of gratitude.
The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression by Edward BullmoreWhat's inside: a groundbreaking reassessment of the possible causes of clinical depression, based on cutting-edge research into the effects of inflammation on the body and brain.
Is it for you? This is best suited for readers of science writing who are looking for an outline of the newest research into clinical depression.
You might also like: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee and Ordinarily Well by Peter Kramer.
Are U Ok? A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health: How to Know if You Need Help... by Kati MortonWhat it's about: some of the most commonly asked questions about mental illness, mental health, self-care practices, and asking for help when you need it.
Read it for: the author's tone, which is welcoming, encouraging, and makes a difficult topic seem more approachable.
Author alert: Kati Morton is a licensed family therapist best known for her popular YouTube channel, where she discusses a variety of mental health topics and works to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice RobbWhat it is: an accessible exploration of the hows and whys of dreaming, what dreams have to do with wellness, and the past, present, and future of scientific research into the topic.
Don't miss: the author's experiences with her own dreams and her experiments with different popular methods of dream examination.
Reviewers say: author Alice Robb "provides an engaging overview of sleep science and effectively argues for its significance" (Publishers Weekly).
The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America by Virginia Sole-SmithWhat it's about: humanity's relationship with hunger and appetite, topped with up-to-date research and the author's own history with diet culture.
Topics of note: the role parenting plays in forming attitudes toward food and body image; the health struggles of the author's daughter, whose time on a feeding tube affected both of their relationships with hunger.
Want a taste? "September 17, 2013. It is the day before my daughter Violet's one-month birthday. It is also the first day that she will almost die."
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. LevitinWhat it's about: the "Stone Age" characteristics of the human brain and how the mind manages (or doesn't manage) modern demands and distractions.
Author alert: Daniel J. Levitin is the author of other books about the human brain and the modern age, including This Is Your Brain On Music and Weaponized Lies.
Reviewers say: "Levitin's fascinating tour of the mind helps us better understand the ways we process and structure our experiences" (Publishers Weekly).
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportWhat it is: an impassioned discussion of the obstacles standing between many professionals and their most effective, efficient work.
Don't miss: a discussion of the surprising possible benefits of distraction and boredom to productivity.
Is it for you? Cal Newport describes himself as something of a luddite, but his self-awareness and his lack of nostalgia about working in the pre-digital age make this less of an issue.
Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style by Carson TateWhat it is: a no-nonsense guide to managing your time, changing your mindset toward getting work done, and building work habits that stick.
What sets it apart: the focus on customizing your approach to productivity; the author's willingness to engage with less commonly discussed obstacles like guilt and shame.
Includes: a 28-question Productivity Style Assessment, to help you determine your productivity type (Prioritizer, Visualizer, Arranger, or Planner) and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each.
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura VanderkamWhat it's about: the common time management strategies of women who have found ways to balance their successful careers with their fulfilling private lives.
Why you might like it: The author's recommendations are built on hard numbers, gathered from a 1000-day study of high-earning women who logged their time hour by hour.
Is it for you? The research is focused exclusively on upper-class women, although the author is upfront about it and about the shortcomings of this approach.
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