This year, I have at least six books to read to help me shift my thinking, understand happiness from another viewpoint, raise my level of performance in the work that matters to me, and step up my courage to be more deeply aligned with who I am and what I want. From my reading list to yours, cheers to a new year and another chance.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
Reading is one of the most powerful ways you can change your world. Reading is a gift, which is why I mentioned books in my roundup of self-care gift ideas for the people you love (who also love to read).
Since I’ve felt like I’ve been on the go without a chance to breathe this year (but all for good reasons), I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to.
I am entering a year of reading.
That’s one of my new year affirmations, and I’m sticking with it. One book every other month is my goal, which might not seem like much but it’s a foundation I’d like to start with. For me, this sounds doable and that makes all the difference.
These are the books I look forward to picking up (and finishing!) this year. Three of these are actually sitting not too far away from me right now, lined up against the wall of my loft. It feels good to know I’ll be plucking a few from the collection, and I’m excited to see what’s inside every single book on this list.
6 Books to Read, Love, and Learn from in 2018
1. Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life by Gabby Bernstein
I admire Gabby. She’s a spiritual leader who’s fun to listen to, and I can only imagine that this book is going to be amazing just like the ones that came before it. She presents a six-step process to let go of fear, resistance, attack, and resentments so that we can live in freedom. That sounds good to me.
2. High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard
I’m pretty sure I’m IN LOVE with Brendon’s work. He is a living example of enthusiasm. I’m constantly listening to his podcast and reading his emails, and I’ve loved every book I’ve read of his so far. I can’t wait for this one! It offers six science-backed, heart-centered habits to adopt for living a better quality of life—plus, they’re all measurable and practical, no matter who you are.“No matter how small you start, start something that matters.” @BrendonBurchard Click To Tweet
3. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss
It was this Marie Forleo interview that really got me revved up for this book. In his new book, Tim Ferriss presents advice, habits, and tools from more than 130 world-class performers to help readers forge a meaningful path that matters to them. Life is too short to live it according to anyone else.
4. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
This book has been eyeing me from my personal collection of yet-to-be-read gems. I don’t even know where it came from. Taking a psychological approach to the world’s wisdom traditions, it seeks (and based on its popularity, I’m going to guess that it succeeds) to unearth those truths that can help us live better.I read to feed my curiosity and release judgmental patterns. Reading is a way to unite. Click To Tweet
5. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin Seligman
I enjoyed Seligman’s bestselling classic, Authentic Happiness, which introduced me to the work of Positive Psychology, a field intending to help people not just survive their suffering but thrive in a state of optimal well-being. Since I purchased this a while back with good intentions to read it, I’m excited to act on those intentions this year and learn how I can flourish.
Another Marie Forleo interview (which I wrote about here, with quotes from the talk) got my heart beating for this new book from bestselling author and social scientist Brené Brown, known for her work in shame, belonging, and vulnerability. To me, everything she writes is worthy of quoting and so jam-packed with the truth.
For all of the books I’ve read (well, probably most, because sometimes my memory has gaps), you can go here for my “have read” list.
Which books are you looking forward to reading this year? Do you have any suggestions you’d like to share with me? Please do!
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Learn, for as long as you live.