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Read Your Way to Wellness

Read Your Way to Wellness

Wellness: The quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.

 

Wellness is more than just being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. When we maintain an optimal level of wellness, we are able to have a higher quality of life as wellness affects our actions and emotions.

Recently, improving wellness has become a huge topic as people attempt to find new ways to change their quality of life.  Meditation, exercise, and diet are just a few of the many suggestions. However, one way that is often overlooked is reading.  While there are thousands of wellness books out there, here are 10 that stand out.

  1. The Telomere Effect
    The Telomere Effect explores research conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel’s into a biological indicator known as telomerase. This enzyme replenishes telomeres, which play a part in determining the time span of your life.

    Their research reveals that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of your diet, and even certain chemicals affect our telomeres.  Chronic stress, negative thoughts, and strained relationships can eat away at them and consequently, shorten that time span. The book shares suggestions to help you reassess your daily life to protect your telomeres and live a vital, more meaningful life.
  2. The Miracle Morning
    Do you wake up every morning with energy, motivation, and focus? If not,  The Miracle Morning will teach you how to set a practice in place to start off your day feeling as awesome and productive as possible. 
  3. Own It: The Power of Women at Work
    Author Sallie Krawcheck is focused on helping women rise through the ranks of any career path they choose. Her book Own It is dedicated to empowering women to embrace the strengths of being a female and unapologetically bringing those strengths into the workplace. If you’re looking for the motivation to get back to work, change jobs, or just need a little extra motivation to reach your goals, this book can help!
  4. Daring Greatly
    Often times, we think of vulnerability as a weakness, but as author Brenè Brown explains, it is actually the most accurate measure of courage. Vulnerability is the core of difficult emotions such as grief and disappointment, but also the birthplace of love, joy, and creativity. Daring Greatly encourages you to put yourself out there and to have the courage to be confident, even in uncomfortable situations. By doing so, you will find yourself living a more fulfilled life.
  5. 10% Happier
    10% Happier is for anyone who has thought of trying meditation but was intimidated or suspicious of the benefits. Author Dan Harris details how meditation helped him after a very public anxiety attack. The book also discusses the neuroscience behind meditation.  With 10% Happier, you get to dive into someone’s personal story, learn about the brain, and get some tips for beginning or refining your meditation practice. 
  6. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
    Sometimes, we all have trouble letting go of our personal belongings. This book will teach you how to clear your life of clutter and live a more minimalistic life. Author Marie Kondo invites you to determine which items in your home spark joy and which do not.  Anything that does not bring joy to your life is not essential to be in your home. If you have been putting off that spring cleaning forever, this could give you the motivation to get going.
  7. Essentialism
    Essentialism aims to help you determine what is essential in your life and what is not.  Once you are able to do this, you can put all your effort behind things that actually matter. If you are a leader, manager, or someone who is looking to prioritize their time, this is a must-read. 
  8. Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less
    Having more possessions means we are successful, right? Stretch challenges that thought and instead encourages people to embrace what they already have instead of constantly attempting to acquire more. By doing so, we find productive ways to solve problems, innovate, and engage more fully.  Author Scott Sonenshein gives a powerful framework that will help you work and live better.
  9. In Defense of Food
    We have all tried our fair share of diets and claimed we will start eating healthy, but what if by focusing so deeply on nutrition we are actually becoming less healthy. Michael Pollen’s advice? Eat food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants. By not focusing too deeply on what we are eating, we may actually be able to enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy and bring pleasure back to eating.
  10. The Sleep Revolution
    The Sleep Revolution explores exactly what is going on while we sleep and dream. It details just how technology is disrupting our sleep and offers tips and recommendations on how we can get better and more restorative sleep. Our need for a good night's sleep is more important than ever, making this a very important read.

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