Winter Got You Down? It’s Time to Boost Your Mood
The weather outside may be miserable, but curling up with a good book after a long day really does improve your mood. If you’re feeling less-than-stellar about the season and are looking for some page-turners to distract you, here are 5 books to read for an instant mood-booster:
Pursuing the Good Life
Author Shawn Achor introduces a groundbreaking new theory about success and human potential. He shows how a positive mindset is the best predictor of motivation, engagement and performance in the workplace and in your personal life and offers five practical, actionable strategies for creating this mindset that will make us more successful at work and at home.
Solve for Happy
Solve for Happy is a book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer’s training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem. In 2004, Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker whose gifts had landed him top positions in half a dozen companies and who – in his spare time – had created significant wealth, realized that he was desperately unhappy. He attacked the problem examining all the facts, and he discovered the equation for enduring happiness. One of Solve for Happy’s key premises is that happiness is a default state. If we shape expectations to acknowledge the full range of possible events, unhappiness is on its way to being defeated.
The Happiness Project
The Happiness Project synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Gretchen Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness. The book describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation. In fact, Rubin’s “happiness project” no longer describes just a book or a blog; it’s a movement!
Choose the Life You Want
In this book, author Tal Ben-Shahar has a new, life-changing lesson to share: Drawing on the latest psychological research, Ben-Shahar shows how making the right choices―not the big, once-in-a-lifetime choices, but the countless small choices we make every day almost without noticing―has a direct, long-lasting impact on our happiness. Every single moment is an opportunity to make a conscious choice for a happy and fulfilled life. Choose the Life You Want covers 101 such choices, complete with real-life stories, to help you identify and act on opportunities large and small.