Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Grit is a relatively new concept in psychological research, which combines the two key elements of passion and perseverance. Research suggests that it is our grit, not our intelligence, which determines our success in life.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
Cain explains what it means to be an introvert, and how we can make the most of our introversion in a society which appears to value extroversion above all.
Uncovering Happiness by Dr Elisha Goldstein
This engaging book focuses on the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion, both of which appear to be important ingredients for living a happy life.
Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Dr Wendy Suzuki & Billie Fitzpatrick
Part memoir, part lesson in neuroscience, this book centres on the science of neuroplasticity and the way this allows us to change our brains and bodies for the better.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Written following his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, Frankl’s book is both a memoir and a guide to the power of meaning in addressing mental illness.
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Self-compassion explained by the academic who conceptualised it. Neff details self-compassion’s three core components – self-kindness, a recognition of our shared humanity, and mindfulness – as well as guiding the reader through a range of exercises.
The Other Side of Happiness by Brock Bastian
The book looks at the positive consequences of pain, whether this pain be physical or emotional. We tend to shrink from pain and try to prevent it, but the research explored in this book reveals that a life without pain would be much less of a life.
The Choice by Edith Eger
This book has been compared with Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning, a book with which it certainly shares many similarities. Like Frankl, Eger survived the Holocaust, however she was much younger than him at the time. When her and her fellow prisoners were liberated, she was close to dying. It took her numerous years for her to recover from the trauma, both physical and psychological, of her experiences. Nonetheless, she did, and became a world-renowned psychologist who has used her personal experiences and professional knowledge to help thousands. This is her story.