7 Books to Read in 2021
Socrates famously said that “the unexamined life is not worth living” and we think that the best way to start examining our own lives is to read about someone else trying to do the same thing. So, in honour of World Book Day, we've gathered a short list of seven of our favourite books, each filled with ideas that will hopefully expand your mind, develop your daily habits, and challenge you to keep moving forward in every area of your life. Let’s go!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck | by Mark Manson
This instantly iconic smash hit completely rewrites and revamps the old and outdated ‘rulebook’ we are all given on how to lead a happy life. Blogger Mark Manson hilariously bashes the ‘constant positivity’ mindset that so many of us strive for today, and instead frankly and refreshingly lets his readers know that sometimes life will just suck, and that’s okay. An honest and monumental piece that reads like a cold splash of water to the face.
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness | by Dr. Stan Rodski
This book simply, and do we dare say, mindfully, explains the benefits, and demystifies the recently popular buzzword that is ‘mindfulness’. Dr. Stan Rodski uses his background in psychology and biological statistics to present mindfulness (completing simple, repetitive tasks with focus and attention) as the most efficient way to quieten a noisy mind. Mindfulness, according to the good doctor can help us relax, and improve our general outlook on life. Definitely a page turner!
Stumbling on Happiness | by Daniel Gilbert
Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert takes a charming look into the shortcomings of the human psyche that has us constantly dreaming, planning and thinking about the future, but always failing to consider how happy these futures will actually help us be. Gilbert makes us feel less alone in the mistakes we make regarding our own happiness, and for those interested, offers help to start fixing these mistakes.
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art | by James Nestor
This might come as a shock, but you might be breathing wrong. Yep, according to James Nestor’s ten-year long research, this thing we hardly ever think about, yet so important to us, is being done wrong, and might be the reason we sometimes feel so out of sync. Nestor introduces his readers to the art and science behind our breathe, and makes connections between breathing, our mind, and our general well being that are both shocking and exhilarating to learn. This book really is for everyone; a fascinating and illuminating journey from start to finish.
Think like a Monk | by Jay Shetty
Well, the title says it all. Jay Shetty in his book, draws upon his own monastic experiences to deliver what can only be described as an enlightening and heart-warming read. Ever wonder how monks keep their cool? Shetty delivers that and more whilst expertly delivering nuggets of wisdom on happiness, love, fear, and everything in between.
Atomic Habits | by James Clear
Ever thought to yourself that you need to make some life changes but have no idea where to start? James Clear helps to simplify the entire idea of ‘life improvement’ by teaching us to start small. Clear believes that big, impactful changes are the result of hundreds of smaller, simple decisions, all stacked together. Want to create a daily morning routine? Start by waking up a mere five minutes earlier. Want to start getting into shape? Do ten crunches and call it a day. These Atomic Habits will slowly but surely help you take more control over your life, and we think that’s pretty amazing.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams | by Matthew Walker
Perhaps nothing is more turbulent than our own personal relationships with sleep. Author Matthew Walker not only wants to help improve the way we think about our sleep schedule but deems it a matter of utmost importance that we do. This book passionately exclaims that what is most needed for our overall wellbeing is a return to a positive relationship with sleep. And the overall benefits appear countless. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to help improve your sleep, this book is a good way to start.