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5 books for your personal development

Emotional wellbeing
Productivity & Growth

October 2020

5 books for your personal development

Let’s be honest, sometimes it feels like our mind is all over the place. It’s hard to find focus, relax, be present at the moment. There are lots of ways to develop better focus. One of them is reading. Autumn is perfect timing for starting a new book or rebuild the habit of consistent reading once again.

All you should do is to pick a book that will be simple and enjoyable to read. We would love to encourage you to do so. That’s why in this article we will recommend 5 books for personal development, which will provide you great ideas on your self-development path.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” - James Clear

Building a habit has never been easy. In this book, James Clear explains the nature of habits, how to form and stick to particular habits, what are the problems standing in the way of building healthy habits, and how to solve them.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

“The brains of humans contain a mechanism that is designed to give priority to bad news.” said Daniel Kahneman.

This book explains the two fundamental systems that drive the way we think - fast (intuitive and emotional) and slow (deductive and logical).

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

“Not sleeping enough, which for a portion of the population is a voluntary choice, significantly modifies your gene transcriptome—that is, the very essence of you, or at least you as defined biologically by your DNA. Neglect sleep and you are deciding to perform a genetic engineering manipulation on yourself each night, tampering with the nucleic alphabet that spells out your daily health story.” said Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams.

This book will show you all the “why” of simple, but yet one of the most significant parts of our lives - sleep.

How Not To Die by Michael Greger

“Drinking just one can of soda a day appears to raise the odds of getting fatty liver disease by 45 percent.25 Meanwhile, those who eat the meat equivalent of fourteen chicken nuggets or more daily have nearly triple the rate of fatty liver disease compared to people who eat seven nuggets’ worth or less.26”, says Michael Greger.

Learn more about healthier eating habits from Michael Greger’s book “How Not To Die”. The book will share secrets with you on how to extend your life expectancy and can help you live a healthier life.

Self-compassion by Kristin Neff

“Painful feelings are, by their very nature, temporary. They will weaken over time as long as we don’t prolong or amplify them through resistance or avoidance. The only way to eventually free ourselves from debilitating pain, therefore, is to be with it as it is. The only way out is through.”, said Kristin Neff in his book “Self-compassion”.

The book will walk you through feelings of self-compassion and self-acceptance, show you basic concepts of experiencing pain, and communicating them to your real self.

Enjoy your reading session, we are sure it will bring you valuable insights.

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