BOOKS & READINGS

Books can be excellent sources of essential information, life-changing insights, and practical tools. These are some of our favorites.

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Summary:

From the cover: "Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar’s insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?
Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier ’s thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER."

Why we love it:

This book expertly weaves together science, practice, and personal tales of inspiration. It introduces the concept of happiness as the ultimate currency (as opposed to money), which will change your decision-making process and lead to higher levels of daily joy and long-term happiness. At Peak Mind, we love hands on exercises, and this book is full of practical ones that you can start using immediately to increase your own happiness.

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Summary:

“With this unprecedented promise, internationally esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman begins Flourish, his first book in ten years—and the first to present his dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different—it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition.

Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.

While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to flourish? “Well-being” takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment—or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment.

Thought-provoking in its implications for education, economics, therapy, medicine, and public policy—the very fabric of society—Flourish tells inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, including how the entire U.S. Army is now trained in emotional resilience; how innovative schools can educate for fulfillment in life and not just for workplace success; and how corporations can improve performance at the same time as they raise employee well-being.

With interactive exercises to help readers explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life. On the cutting edge of a science that has changed millions of lives, Dr. Seligman now creates the ultimate extension and capstone of his bestselling classics, Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism.”

Why we love it:

Positive Psychology flips the script on the traditional psychological approach to mental health. In the past, mental health was defined by the absence of mental illness. In essence, traditionally, the field of psychology waited until people became mentally ill and then worked to rid the person of that mental illness.

On the other hand, Positive Psychology views mental health not as the absence of illness, but rather, mental health is seen as the presence of protective factors like resilience, adaptivity, coping skills, and other aspects of well-being. 

At Peak Mind, our goal is aligned with the field of Positive Psychology. Our goal is to help you build psychological strength so that you can live a more aligned, joyful life. This book can help you do just that!

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Summary:

“After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

Why we love it:

At Peak Mind, we firmly believe that people are capable of so much more than they tend to give themselves credit for. When we limit ourselves, we never reach our full potential!

Mindset teaches you a new way to approach challenges, obstacles, and goals by asking you to focus on the power of the word "yet." By viewing your abilities as something that can be cultivated and improved over time, you begin to see the limitless possibility of your own potential. By harnessing the power of the word "yet," you realize that progress is the true goal.

This book can help you reenvision what you're truly capable of!

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