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10% Happier

Dan Harris
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A spiritual book written for—and by—someone who would otherwise never read a spiritual book, 10% Happier is both a deadly serious and seriously funny look at mindfulness and meditation as the next big public health revolution.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

Laura Vanderkam
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Having it all is hard wor—it's a process of evaluating the present and setting future goals. New York City-based author Vanderkam uses time surveys and relates countless stories of friends and clients who have achieved breakthroughs in creating time to enjoy life. 

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott
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Lamott's miscellany of guidance and reflection should appeal to writers struggling with demons large and slight. Among the pearls she offers is to start small, as their father once advised her 10-year-old brother, who was agonizing over a book report on birds: "Just take it bird by bird." Lamott's suggestion on the craft of fiction is down-to-earth: worry about the characters, not the plot. 

Build the Life You Want

Arthur Brooks
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Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey combine their decades of experience studying happiness from every angle to show readers how to improve their lives right now, instead of waiting for the outside world to change. They offer a research-based work plan that shows the reader how to manage their emotions so they no longer control their outlook and behavior, turn life's inevitable difficulties and challenges into opportunities for growth, and find inner peace with a spiritual practice.

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Cal Newport
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Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology; it's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives. 

Everything is Figureoutable

Marie Forleo
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Let's be honest—none of us were given an owner's manual at birth. If you're having trouble solving a problem or making a dream happen, the problem isn't you. It's not that you're not hardworking, intelligent, or deserving, but that you haven't yet installed the one key belief that will change everything. 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brene Brown
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Brown explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an "imperfect" life and embracing living authentically. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, she provides ten "guideposts" that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb
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From a New York Times best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world—where her patients are looking for answers (and so is she). One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. 

Simply Brilliant

Bernhard Schroeder
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What if you could brainstorm innovative solutions to your company's challenges? What if you could tap the creative genius driving Silicon Valley's success stories? You can! Analytical thinkers, numbers people, and non-artists—everyone can generate imaginative ideas. All it takes is letting go of the "I'm not creative" mindset and employing a proven process.

The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting Again in an Age of Isolation and Incivility

Heather Holleman
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It's time for a conversation revival! Conversation is getting harder, we're feeling more isolated, and loneliness is becoming an epidemic. This book reflects one of the deepest passions of Dr. Heather Holleman's heart: to connect people in loving community.

Unstoppable: Transforming Your Mindset to Create Change, Accelerate Results, and Be the Best at What You Do

Dave Anderson
650.1 And

This book delves deep into the elite performance paradigm to help you work at the highest levels. The performance spectrum is not about classifying your coworkers; it's about self-assessment, self-reflection, and self-improvement. Everyone has star quality, even if it's buried deep inside. Unstoppable helps you uncover your potential and upgrade your performance to become the best.

Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes
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The creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal details the one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life, revealing how accepting unexpected invitations she would have otherwise declined enabled powerful benefits.