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
Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan
Describes easy and fun ways to meditate.
Now You See It, Cathy Davidson
Science of attention and use in education and business
Nudge, 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( buy)
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
The Emotional Brain, 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 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, Stefan Klein, PhD
how the brain works to make you happy and how you can guide it to do so.
The Talent Code, 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
Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan
On meditation and emotional intelligence
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
A framework for making change, with great ideas
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
Books on our own “need to read” list:
The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, Alex Korb