You've probably heard a lot about mindfulness and self-care of late. These practices can benefit your life and health in myriad ways. They can do anything from helping you lower your blood pressure, work on neurogenesis and manage stress.
The following 12 books are some of the best readings you can find, on topic. This 2020, why not commit to changing your life for the better? It all starts with a fabulous read. Here are our curated list of twelve, one for each month.
1. "The Art of Happiness" — the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler
You would think His Holiness the Dalai Lama would know a thing or two about mindfulness — and you're right. The 10th-anniversary edition of this landmark book will supercharge your spirituality. You don't need to be a practicing Tibetan Buddhist to benefit from these teachings. You'll find happiness along the pathway to acceptance.
2. "Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind" — Joyce Meyer
Your thoughts are powerful things that have fantastic creative ability. Think about it — every human-made thing that exists in the world today was once but a figment of somebody's imagination. The power lies in transforming that vision into reality with proactive steps. Joyce Meyer can help you blast through the negative mental roadblocks that hold you back from the life of your dreams.
3. "Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life" — Byron Katie
Do you drive yourself crazy, trying to micromanage your career and your home life? If so, you're creating more stress for yourself, which makes you unhappy. One of the big questions you need to ask yourself before you lose your cool is, "Whose business is it?" If, for example, your partner went to the store but forgot an item, you have a choice. You can direct your energy at getting angry at them. Alternately, you could run back to the store yourself or politely ask them to return. Which option leads to improved overall happiness?
4. "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" — Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
Do you have a growth mindset? Ask yourself this — do you believe that your intelligence is something intrinsic you can't improve? If so, you're unwittingly holding yourself back in life. Your beliefs about who you are and what you can accomplish can transform you.
5. "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams" — Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra tells us that the reason so many of us feel exhausted and burned out stems from striving for perfection. It teaches you how to use the principle of effortless joy to manifest your desires. If you could get more from less effort, why wouldn't you take advantage?
6. "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" — Angela Duckworth
Angela Duckworth finds that a combination of passion and perseverance can help you achieve anything in life. "Grit" isn't so much a book about what to do when things go wrong — it's a handbook for how to pick yourself up when you fall. We can all use that guidance.
7. "The Friendship Formula" — Caroline Millington
Are you lonely? So many of today's adults are. "The Friendship Formula" teaches you to look at the relationships around you and evaluate them. It helps you to eliminate toxic people from your life the gentle way, and how to heal when a friendship falls apart. It also offers practical advice for nurturing relationships that encourage and uplift you, and why nurturing those types of friendships is important to emotional wellbeing.
8. "The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care" — Anna Borges
Maybe you've read a dozen articles on self-care, but you're not sure how to start your program. Borges rips away the cucumber face mask from the idea of self-care and pares it down to what it's genuinely about — protecting your mental health. If you can't afford the time or the money for a therapist, make this book your new best friend.
9. "Mindfulness for Stress Management: 50 Ways to Improve Your Mood and Cultivate Calmness" — Dr. Robert Schachter
Stress can damage your mental and physical health. Physically, prolonged exposure increases your risk of many disorders, such as cardiovascular disease. Mentally, feeling tense all the time drains the joy right out of life like a rapidly swirling garbage disposal. Throw your negative thoughts down the drain and exchange them for positive ones with this read.
10. "The Mindfulness Room" — Amanda Loraine Lynch
Did you know that your children can benefit from mindfulness, too? Parents and educators who embrace the practice see substantial behavioral improvements. More importantly, you give your little ones the gift of positive coping skills with this fun book.
11. "McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality" — Ronald Purser
If you're one of the many people who are skeptical of mindfulness because it seems corporate America wants to use the practice as a substitute for meaningful benefits like health insurance, this is your read. The book offers a cathartic cleansing of the way some people have usurped mindfulness for personal gain — and how to reclaim it for yourself.
12. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" — Mark Manson
How much energy do you have in a day to care about things, and how do you prioritize it? Do you use valuable mental energy getting angry over getting stuck in traffic? Maybe you expended a lot of energy complaining about a spilled coffee. Mark Manson teaches you how to preserve that irreplaceable energy and reserve it for more worthwhile things.