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10 Books to Help Boost Your Mental Wellness

Our team recommends books that can help renew your perspectives, foster mindfulness, and boost your mental wellness.
Verity International
May 17, 2021

Our team has curated a list of books that have inspired us to renew our perspective and foster mindfulness in our work. Pick up one of these books to boost your mental wellness by incorporating them into your daily routine.

Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – By Susan Cain

This is a thoughtful study on the importance of valuing differences in style, approach, thought and being.  The author invites the reader to ask: as a leader, how can I ensure the wellness of all employees, not just those that speak loudest and most often.

The Happiness Advantage – By Shawn Achor

Some believe that “If I work hard, I will be successful, then I can be happy”. What if choosing to be happy could actually lead to successful outcomes? After decades of work, Harvard researcher Shawn Achor outlines seven strategies and practical approaches on how to put them into daily practice.

Younger Next Year Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowley

For those of who are a little further along in their career and still have much to give (and a long time to work!), this book is all about how to stay healthy and fit as life goes on.  An easy read with chapters alternating between the science behind staying healthy and the stories of people who applied the principles.  If you are not looking after yourself, how can you expect to look out for others effectively?

Braving the Wilderness – By Brené Brown

This book helps us understand the crisis of disconnection and polarization in which we find ourselves today.  Brené encourages us to step bravely into our own shoes and show up as our true selves. Only then can we create meaningful connections with each other.

Shadow Divers – By Robert Kurson

This book is an escape into the world of underwater archeology, adventure, danger and discovery. A non-fictional story of two friends that embark on the journey of a lifetime, teaching you the meaning of building and sustaining deep bonds. An important idea to hold on to when unpredictability strikes our own lives.

The Little Book of Stress Relief – By David Posen, M.D

This practical guide to managing stress in different areas of our lives provides useful and actionable advice for taking back control.  Each chapter focuses on a different strategy for managing stress, such as dealing with peer and corporate pressure, managing deadlines, maintaining effective communication, and dealing with financial anxiety.  A true life-skills manual.

Presence – By Amy Cuddy

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy combines scientific research with personal experience to demonstrate the power of body language, behaviour, mindset, and how they are tied together. To have increase presence, she teaches us the power pose. To combat the internal challenges of imposter syndrome, Cuddy guides us through the practice of “fake it till you become it”. We are all experiencing mental blocks during COVID-19, and this book teaches you how to overcome them.

Redirect:  Changing The Stories We Live By – By Timothy Wilson

A great book by a celebrated psychologist on how changing the stories we tell about ourselves and the world we live in can make us not only happier, but more motivated. This helps us to make impactful changes in how we live our lives and lead others.

Shackleton’s Way – By Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell

Through the experience of Ernest Shackleton and his men who were trapped on the Antarctic ice from 1914 – 1916, we can draw similarities on how we can navigate through the current climate.  The authors turn this story of survival into a leadership handbook with practical actions that are still relevant today.

Search Inside Yourself – By Chade-Meng Tang

Based on ground-breaking work at Google, this book provides a down-to-earth introduction to the practice of Mindfulness to foster self-confidence, empathy and compassion. A valuable set of skills for today’s world.

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