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A Short List of Fantastic Books

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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story by Dan Harris

I tried to convince my high school girlfriends to read this one over the weekend. Someone asked “Has anyone read any good books lately? I need one for my commute.” When I said I had, another friends said “What’s it called? Reach For The Moon: if you fail er whatever and don’t eat sugar or some shit?  Yeah….. they think I read too many self-help books. The thing I love about Dan Harris’ take on it though, is that he was a skeptical, professional journalist who approached his own journey – and the self-help industry – from that angle. Not only is it hilarious, it’s also really practical and refreshing. He basically opens by saying “Yeah, all this crap makes you about 10% happier.”

A great read, especially for the eye rollers out there.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlin

I read this one a while ago now. I’ve always wanted to share it but kept forgetting. It’s a super short, super sweet read about being a real, live human being and attempting to be happy in everyday life. Just a lovely little book.

The Wild Diet by Abel James

I’m digging Abel James lately, I have to say. I really enjoy his approach to sharing everything he’s learned over the years. He seems to be a regular guy hunting down the best way to look and feel awesome. He’s basically saying “I”m not an expert but, this shit really works. Give it a try. Here’s how my wife and I – and a whole bunch of others – are doing it”. He hosts a great podcast and he’s got one simple rule for cutting fat and getting healthy. I agree with it and have begun experimenting in my own life. I have to say, it works. I’ll be sharing more about it in the future but for now, I’ll say, it’s one of the better nutrition books I’ve read in a while (And I may or may not have read them all at this point).

It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life In Unexpected Ways by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig

I hate to admit that these guys are onto something. After my epic Whole30 failure in December 2015, I wanted to write them off. (Not because I think they are wrong about anything, but because I’m not sure that a strict approach is right for me.) I’m thinking though that since I’ve got my exercise on point and have eliminated booze for the past 30 days (and the next 60) that maybe now is the time to amp-up my nutrition and see how amazing I can feel. You might be hearing more about this in the future as well. We’ll see, don’t hold me to that. There are plenty of Whole30 peeps to follow right now though, if you’re into it.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

We know by now that just as minimalism changed my life, Essentialism changed Bridget’s. She just made the big move to CT, as a matter of fact, and this book was her tipping point to real change. It makes you question what you could accomplish in this world if you simply focused your attention and efforts on the short list of things that make the biggest impact vs. all of the distractions. Instead of going half-assed on a whole bunch of things, go whole-assed on one or two for the deepest impact and greatest contribution.

Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn

I’ve been following The Minimalists since way back in the day. They’ve had a big impact on how I operate in life. I even mentored with Ryan for a bit. This is their latest packaging of a timeless message: live a better life through having less stuff. It’s a great read. One most of us could nod along to and say “that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling!”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of DeCluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondi

If ya haven’t heard of this book, you must be living under a rock with the people who don’t know about Kayla. It’s everywhere and I loved it. An avid anti-clutter enthusiast from a young age, I can totally relate to her almost fanatical commitment to making things neat. And I especially agree with her approach to organizing: just get rid of most of your stuff. Kondi seems a little bonkers to me, in the best possible way.

I love her. I love this crazy, tidy, Japanese woman and her little, blue book. Read it. It will change your life and make you re-think how you’ve been folding your socks all this time.

Dana

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