Books That Will Positively Move You

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
by Daniel J. Siegel

From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls “mindsight,” our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can “rewire” crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way. Readers will discover new ideas about memory, emotion, trauma and brain-mind integration – plus a richer sense of their own humanity.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
by David D. Burns

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other ‘black holes’ of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

Thinking Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth
by Col. Chris Hadfield

Col. Hadfield takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch; the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks; and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement – and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don’t visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.

The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere – in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace. They can be used to bring you into the Now, the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here you find your joy and are able to embrace your true self. It is here you discover that you are already complete and perfect.

The Demon-Haunted World
by Carl Sagan

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today’s so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.

Simplify
by Joshua Becker

Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. This is a book that calls for the end of living lives seeking and accumulating more and more possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less. It is based on a rational approach to minimalism. It will forever change the way you look at physical possessions. And most importantly, its approach will free you from the burden of clutter and provide you with the extra motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passions… however you choose to define them.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
by Gretchen Rubin

Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits? This book answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good.

Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum
by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovitz, and Jonas Koffler

This is a step-by-step guide to breaking out of the monotony of the 9-5 lifestyle and making your dreams a reality. It lays out the tools you need to realize the work you enjoy and gain the confidence and motivation to be in charge of your own adventures. In a world where loyalty doesn’t translate into success learn how to get ahead and discover a more imaginative way of living.

Brave Enough

by Cheryl Strayed
Around the world, thousands of people have found inspiration in the words of Cheryl Strayed, who in her three prior books and in her Dear Sugar columns has shared the twists and trials of her remarkable life. Her honesty, spirit, and ample supply of tough love have enabled many of us, even in the darkest hours, to somehow put one foot in front of the other–and be brave enough.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Exploring the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I’ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar company” far faster than ever before, the authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos, the audiobook offers the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today’s hyper connected crowd like never before.

The Power of Positive Thinking
by Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Peale outlines practical techniques to help you energize your life — and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. 

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
by Richard Carlson

In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes. You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your last.

212 The Extra Degree: Extraordinary Results Begin with One Small Change
by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson

At 211ºF, water is hot. At 212ºF, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. The one extra degree makes the difference. The 212º concept is vividly illustrated for every aspect of your life through powerful stories that will inspire and motivate yourself or your team to the next level of success.

Create Your Yes!: When You Keep Hearing No: A 12-Step Strategy for Success
by Angela Hutchinson 

When you are faced with rejection, do you cringe or thrive? While it may seem that we are out of options when we try something and fail, there is almost a way to make your dreams a reality in the face of ANY adversary! Using her 12–step approach, those dreams you keep hearing “no” on — those plans that never seem to come to fruition — can finally be realized.

Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People
by Gayle King

Gayle King shares her favorite inspiring letters from the popular CBS This Morning segment “Note to Self,” in which twenty-first century luminaries pen advice and encouragement to the young people they once were.

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover

For more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greats—Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and dozens more—and made them greater. Here, he reveals what it takes to get those results, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire.

Every Monday Matters: How to Kick Your Week Off with Passion, Purpose & Positivity
by Matt Emerzian

Learn to kick off each week with a specific and engaging theme to help you get inspired and live authentically. Each Monday you are provided with a mindful moment to reflect upon and opportunities to help you engage. There are also motivational quotes and inspirational journal prompts to help you on your journey. 

Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice

By Todd Henry

This book offers specific strategies and tactics for uncovering, developing, and bravely using your authentic voice to create a body of work you are proud of, that resonates deeply with others, and that ultimately impacts the world. 

Very Good Lives

by J.K. Rowling

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University, sharing words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Feel Free

by Zadie Smith 

Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive–and never any less than perfect company.

Make Your Bed

by Admiral William H. McRaven

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) described himself as a “simple country boy” from Missouri but was also a pioneer of the self-improvement genre. Since the 1936 publication of his first book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, he has touched millions of readers and his classic works continue to impact lives to this day.

Enlightenment Now

by Steven Pinker

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

The Science of Success

by Charles Koch

This groundbreaking book includes the same material used by the leaders and employees of Koch companies to apply Market-Based Management (MBM) to get results. In it, Charles Koch outlines the unique management methodology developed and implemented by Koch Industries. Koch credits MBM for its 2,000-fold growth since 1967, with today having 80,000 employees in 60 countries and with $90 billion in revenues in 2006. There really is a science behind success, and it can be applied to any organization.

10% Happier

by Dan Harris 

10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
by Tim Ferriss

What do the most successful people in business, show business, sports, movies and more do that makes them successful? This book asks the questions: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Incognito (The secret lives of the brain)

by David Eagleman

In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? Why are people whose names begin with J more like to marry other people whose names begin with J? And why is it so difficult to keep a secret? 

The Rhythm of Life: Living every day with passion and purpose

By Mathew Kelly
In The Rhythm of Life the author exposes the lifestyle challenges and problems that face us in this age obsessed with noise, speed, and perpetual activity. Kelly’s message rings out with a truth that is challenging and unmistakably attractive Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have. Are you ready to meet the-best-version-of-yourself?

Developing the Leader Within You

by John C. Maxwell

Developing the Leader Within You also allows readers to examine how to be effective in the highest calling of leadership by understanding the five characteristics that set “leader managers” apart from “run-of-the-mill managers.”

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it need not be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek. This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.

Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future
by Dr. Bruce Lipton

If looking at today’s headlines makes you wonder about the fate of our planet, here is some news that may surprise you: from an evolutionary standpoint, we are exactly where we need to be.

According to eminent biologist Bruce H. Lipton and political and cultural commentator Steve Bhaerman, we are surrounded by the proof that we are poised to take an incredible step forward in the growth of our species. On Spontaneous Evolution, you are invited to participate in an eye-opening examination of science and history–one that leads to a profound vision of the next “holistic” stage of human civilization.

Girl, Stop Apologizing
by Rachel Hollis

Many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions, and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it

In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.

Buddha
by Deepak Chopra

Bestselling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth takes readers on a journey to argue that the secret to being a success relies largely on an individual’s grit, a unique blend of passion and persistence. The insights in this book encourage us to never underestimate the power of consistent, long-term action towards a goal, especially when you’re passionate about it.

Choose Yourself
by James Altucher

Altucher proposes that the most valuable asset we have and the one which we should be investing the most time, effort, and resources into is…ourselves. This whole book is about how we can achieve success simply by choosing to invest in ourselves and our growth.

Warrior of the Light: A Manual
by Paulo Coelho

Every short passage invites us to live out our dreams, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to our own unique destiny. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. He also shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be.

Braving the Wilderness
by Brené Brown

A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the number one best-selling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. 

Anxious For Nothing:  Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
by Max Lucado

When it comes to anxiety, depression, and stress related illnesses, America is the frontrunner. Thankfully, there’s a practical prescription for dealing with these issues. Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety.

The Art of Happiness
by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

Through meditation, stories, and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality to show us how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep, abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations and with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a program that crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help listeners with the difficulties common to all human beings.

Tuesdays With Morrie
by Mitch Albom

Sportswriter Mitch Albom rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live. 

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” – the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Man’s Search for Meaning
By Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s discusses in-depth his experience with living in Nazi death camps and describes the lessons it taught him about spiritual survival. Frankl puts forth a convincing argument that avoiding suffering isn’t realistic. However, through choosing how we cope with that suffering and the meaning we ascribe to it, we retain the ability to move forward with renewed purpose.

You Are A Badass:  How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living an Awesome Life
By Jen Sincero

Through this book, the author provides readers with simple exercises to help people identify their self-limiting beliefs, attitudes, and habits. She then gives sage advice and does so in a humorous way to truly captivate her audience and motivate them to begin achieving the success they want from their lives.

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

A delightful story about an inspiring journey towards self-discovery. Mysticism and wisdom combine in this classic novel that has sold millions of copies worldwide. It outlines the journey of a young shepherd boy who desires to travel the world in search of treasure but ends up discovering a vastly different type of riches than he initially imagined.

Smarter, Faster, Better:  The Transformative Power of Real Productivity
By Charles Duhigg

This enlightening book outlines eight productivity concepts that help certain companies and individuals accomplish so much more than others. The author outlines the differences between the perspectives of some of the world’s top performers and those who are less successful and shows the reader how everyday people can improve their everyday lives. 

The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
By Don Miguel Ruiz

Ruiz reveals the limiting beliefs that we commonly hold which rob us of joy and cause us to endure needless suffering. This book provides an insightful code of conduct which imparts its wisdom in an accessible manner to its readers and encourages self-reflection and for each of us to do better within our everyday lives. 

The Juggling Book
by Carlo

Exactly what it sounds like. A how-to guide that shows you how to juggle. Is it deep? No. Is it a fun way to pick up a new skill Yes, indeed.

Rising Strong
by Brené Brown

The physics of vulnerability are simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. This is about what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
by Jack Canfield

You will learn how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history.