Throughout life, literacy unlocks the doors to learning. It is essential for the development of our mind which opens ways for democratic participation as well as active citizenship. Literacy comes through reading which leaves many positive effects on our lives including success. Reading stimulates our imagination, fosters vocabulary building, and enhances our critical thinking.
The conceptions of happiness, productivity, and success come from reading books that focus on psychology and behavioral science. Following is a list of a few of the most expressive books for this year that are worth reading.
1. A book about love:
This book is a scientific vision of the development of romantic love which considers it needs day-to-day maintenance. The most exciting thing about it is that love grows and changes and therefore requires care. It is written by Jonah Lehrer.
In the book Payoff, Duke University Behavioral economist Dan Ariely argues that money isn’t enough to motivate a man to perform good deeds. Human motivation is a lot more multifaceted than it is believed.
3. Emotional Agility:
In this book, Harvard psychologist Susan David helps people to deal with their most complex emotions. The author stresses people focus on feelings holding important information regarding our values and potential. This information can help in taking future decisions.
Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool explain the concept of deliberate practice by working with an instructor on specific goals. It stresses pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and learning from mistakes, failures, and pain.
This book is a follow-up to psychologist and Influence at Work president Robert Cialdini’s 2006 book “Influence”. It is popular among business students and people who are interested in persuasion psychology.
6. What Got You Here, Won’t Get You there:
A book by psychologist and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith is directed toward people who want to progress to a higher level. It argues that negative behaviors never help to succeed. It focuses on gathering information about your behavior through various sources such as coworkers in order to know the flaws that are a hindrance to one’s success.
7. The Power paradox:
According to Dacher Keltner, a Berkeley Psychologist the University of California, empathy is the only thing that can be effective for leadership and maintaining meaningful relationships.
8. Rethinking Positive Thinking:
This book revolves around a framework named WOOP that has been developed by New York University and University of Hamburg psychologist Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues. WOOP is basically a four-step procedure of Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan to have concrete goals.
9. If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?
This book is written by Raj Raghunathan on undermining the ability of a person to be happy.
Among scientists, GRIT is controversial for attaining success. In this book, Angela Duckworth argues that a combination of passion and practice is more important than intelligence e and talent.
11. Negotiating the Negotiable:
This is a collection of practical tips by the founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, Dan Shapiro.
12. Smarter Faster Better:
Written by Charles Duhigg Smarter Faster Better is a book that focuses on behavior and systematic thinking for productivity and creativity.
“Presence” by Amy Cuddy illustrates the idea to trick a person into feeling confident while being scared and nervous.
14. The Happiness Track:
Written by psychologist Emma Seppala, the book indicates that happiness and well-being are at odds with professional success. She states that less stress, greater happiness, and more self-compassion are more helpful in yielding professional success.