Like they say, reading is fundamental. Reading books can improve brain function, increase vocabulary, increase knowledge and sharpen your memory. Books can not only make you smarter, but they can also make you more relaxed. Books can also help you find confirmation during difficult or good periods of your life. I find myself making a lot of book recommendations to friends and family depending on their particular struggles — or successes! I have complied a short list of books I think anyone could benefit from exploring.
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Dr. Frankl was a psychiatrist during World War II and was imprisoned in a concentration camp. This book tells of his struggles and triumphs during his imprisonment. The book is a powerful illustration of the power of our minds.
- The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield is a Buddhist Psychologist. This book offers fundamental teachings of mindfulness concepts along with practices at the end of every chapter.
- When Things Fall Apart and Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
In these two books Pema Chodron offers helpful tools to shift our perspective and relationship with circumstances we find ourselves in, especially those situations that provoke anxiety and discomfort.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith
This workbook has excellent exercises to help us increase awareness of ourselves and learn how to work through anxiety and depression in order to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.