Interested in more fascinating information? Here’s a list of books to get you started.
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel Amen
Your brain is involved in everything you do and managing and caring for it are important,
here are some guidelines (first of several books)
Descartes’ Error, Antonio Damasio
Wonderful discussion of how feeling and thinking are intertwined and both essential for
making good decisions
Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels, Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD
A look at our brain as a tool for survival as a mammal, discusses how the quartet of chemicals make us happy and why they come and go. See our post on this book: Your brain and sparking motivation-even in isolation
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeron”s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, James R. Doty, M.D.
Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan
Describes easy and fun ways to meditate.
Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine, Candace Pert
Now You See It, Cathy Davidson
Science of attention and use in education and business
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thayler and Cass Sunsein
How changing the environment makes change easier
The Alchemy of Love and Lust, Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D.
Look out, your hormones are playing tricks on you-see what they are
The Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal, Robert E. Thayer
Not only does he explain that brief exercise improves mood, he also has a chart you can fill in to see when during the day you are most energetic and alert (see Maui has a Ball post)
The Biology of Violence, Debra Niehoff
This book got Peggy hooked on reading about the biology of emotion and the brain.
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
How beliefs based on past experience influence how you understand the world.
The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
Recommend to anyone who has to overcome a limitation or make a change. See our post on this book: Brain Plasticity is not just for cats
The Emotional Brain, The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life, Joseph Le Doux
From an expert on fear and anxiety
The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine, M.D.
The Mating Mind, Geoffrey Miller
How evolution may have shaped art, literature, and love, fun to read
The Mind & The Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., Sharon Begley,
Neroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity – And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, Daniel Z. Lieberman MD, Michael E. Long, et al.
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
About how by using habits, you bypass willpower, which decreases as you use it. He discusses how to replace a bad habit.
The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy-and What We Can Do to Get Happier, Stefan Klein, PhD
how the brain works to make you happy and how you can guide it to do so. See post on this book: Happiness Habits-My Brain Training
“The Serotonin Power Diet”
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD
Great information on how serotonin is made by the brain and how to make sure you are eating so that happens. Not just for people on a diet. See post on this book: The Power of Serotonin
Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan
On meditation and emotional intelligence
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, John J. Ratey, M.D., and Eric Hagerman
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
A framework for making change, with great ideas
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. Daniel Coyle
Describes what it takes to become excellent, and how he learned about it.
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, Jared Diamond
On being human
“The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to get Good at it” Kelly McGonigal
Makes a case for going after certain kinds of stress, and how stress and meaningful life are linked.See post about this book: The Upside of Stress
The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, Alex Korb See our post on this book:How to flip the switch–shame, guilyt and worry
“The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works and What You Can Do to Get More of It”, by Kelly McGonegal, PhD
See post on this book: Book Look – Did You Know Your HEART RATE can influence WILLPOWER?
The Wisdom of Psychopaths – What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, Kevin Dutton
See post on this book: Psychopaths r not us
Wishcraft, Barbara Sher
On making career choices
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Robert M. Sapolsky
Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping
Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn
It’s All in Your Head, Thinking Your Way to Happiness (The 8 Essential Secrets to Living a Life Without Regrets), Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine
Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltaz, MD, FICS
And…becasue they are from US:
“The Pulling, Climbing, Falling Down Tale of Maui and HIs Back Legs” by Peggy Arndt If you’ve read the page “Maui’s Healing Tale” you know our blog was inspired by and dedicated to Peggy’s cat Maui who lived to show us the brain CAN be rewired and healing IS possible. This is a children’s picture book that tells his tale.
“The REAL Tale of Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf” by Judith Westerfield. Think again if you thought you knew the story of Red Riding Hood and the wolf. The REAL tale is bedtime story that guarantees your child falls asleep with a smile. A fun re-imagined story that highlights the best of human and humane traits of Red Riding Hood, Grandma and of course, the wolf.
OUR LATEST, on Kindle
“Hack Your Way to Happiness” by Peggy Arndt and Judith Westerfield.
Some people are born with “happy” brains. This book is for the rest of us
who want to feel happier and are impacted with the stress of daily living,
plagued with pain of past events or worries about our future.