What better way to end a busy and challenging year and start anew than with some reflection in the form of a great book? Here are our inspiring recommendations for reads that will make you think, recharge your batteries and prepare you for another year.
If you want to find joy and boost your energy:
Flow: The Psychology of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied and created the concept of “flow.” Flow is a way to describe the experience which we have all had – but all too rarely for most of us – of becoming so immersed in something that we lose track of time and feel fully engaged in life. It’s about happiness, consciousness, work, relationships, and purpose – and basically, the notion is that people are happiest when they have clear goals and well-defined boundaries to achieve those goals.
If you want to become a bold and effective leader:
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, Texas. This book is a
compilation of her thoughts and research on how each of us can cultivate effective leadership. “Truly daring leaders,” she explains “are prepared to be vulnerable and listen without interrupting. They have empathy, self-awareness and self-love, because who we are, is how we lead.”
If you want to make the world a better place:
The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured Worldby Jamil Zaki
This landmark book gives a groundbreaking perspective on empathy. It shows that empathy is a skill that can be strengthened through effort. And when it is, people, relationships, organizations, and cultures are changed for the better. Jamil Zaki, a professor at Stanford University, makes a vital case for ‘fighting for kindness’ and he has a diverse amount of evidence to support his claims.
And if you want to see the world in new colors, don’t miss Hans Rosling’s Factfulness.
Read more about flow, and how to find it, in our series of articles