There are many ways to write a wellness or self-help book. The method we find ourselves least comfortable with, is the one that comes across as preachy. Indeed, there are very rare well-being books which can balance out the narrative technique of being able to advice with an intention to help and not to preach. In this post, we have picked out five books which every wellness enthusiast (and one can safely assume that is most of us), must read. This list has been carefully curated by choosing books to address a range of important facets of our lives – from eating mindfully, to living mindfully and even sleeping mindfully!
Let’s eat well – “Foodist” by Darya Pino Rose (2013)
When one talks about weight loss, the first thought that comes to the mind is the horror of dieting. Most of us associate dieting with eating food that lacks taste and flavor. But author and neuroscientist Darya Pino Rose has come to the rescue by authoring the book “Foodist”. In her book, she uses science and psychology towards eating well without ruining one’s taste buds. For all of us who are constantly battling to choose health over food, in this book lies our salvation!
Let’s hardwire happiness! – “Hardwiring Happiness” by Rick Hanson (2013)
The book draws its inspiration from the recent scientific research that our thoughts and feelings have the power to change the brain. The author introduces us to the simple, yet powerful secret of transforming everyday experiences that change our brain and life for the better. One of the ways it teaches us to do so is by learning to beat the brain’s “negativity bias”. The book has earned credible endorsements by a host of people well known in this area, including Thich Naht Hanh and Dan Siegel.
Would you pass this test? – “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self Control” by Walter Mischel (2014)
Walter Mischel is the man behind the famous Marshmallow Test which is often cited as the evidence behind the importance of self-control. In this test, a child was presented with a treat and was asked to wait in the room for 15 minutes. In which case the child would get two treats after the researcher returned. It was found that children waited longer to receive two treats. Mischel found that the longer the child delayed gratification, more were the chances of him becoming successful in life. In his book, Walter Mischel talks about techniques to acquire self-control and master it. Indeed, a skill worth mastering!
Sparking joy, all the way – “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo (2016)
Tidying up and organizing every single object in the house is a herculean task and an organized home is a distant dream for many. Marie Kondo, in her book Spark Joy, turns this dream into a reality. She talks about ways to de-clutter and organize items throughout your house. Right from the kitchen to the bathroom to everyday work papers and help maintain a house that ‘sparks joy’.
Revolutionizing how we sleep – “The Sleep Revolution” by Arianna Huffington (2016)
The complete title of the book goes, “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming your Life, One Night at a Time”. Arianna Huffington deals with the modern crisis of insomnia head on, in her book. She puts it very simply, yet powerfully by saying that “We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What is needed, she boldly asserts, is nothing short of a sleep revolution. Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.” A book worth preordering, we have to say!
If you can’t wait for the book, and have been battling insomnia for some time now, we recommend you try to Night Shift app. Our technology induced lifestyles is one of the biggest reasons for sleep disorders. The screens emit blue light which our brain associates with activity, and hence keeps us up. This app acts as a filter for the blue light, making the screens easier for our eyes and our sleep!
Have you already read any of the books above? We’d love to hear from you about how you liked it. Have more books you would want on this list? Let us know 🙂