Looking for books to inform, inspire, and energize you… personally and professionally? I'm always on the lookout for good nonfiction, especially in lifestyle health and behavior change science, workplace well-being, personal growth, writing skills, and what inspires others. Here are my top picks for wellness pros this year:
- Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life (2015). Tom Rath offers research and insights on the role of meaning, interactions, and energy in achieving well-being and happiness, both on and off the job.
- Coaching Psychology Manual, 2nd Edition (2015). Margaret Moore, Bob Tschannen-Moran, and Erika Jackson provide this valuable resource for wellness program leaders and product developers as well as in-the-trenches practitioners.
- Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content (2014). Ann Handley tips remind us that being a wellness pro involves a surprising amount of writing; couldn't we all stand to sharpen our skills?
- How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease (2015). Michael Greger describes how to prevent untimely death — and stay on top of nutrition research. This deep, yet quite readable dive into riveting research is sprinkled with practical examples to use every day in your work… and your cooking.
- No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness (2015). Michelle Segar explains what really gets in the way of daily physical activity and how to help people see exercise as a gift instead of a chore .
- On the Move: A Life (2015). Oliver Sacks was a gifted physician and writer who led a fascinating life. Reading memoirs is a great way to gain new insights and understanding about life to feel inspired and enhance reflections on meaning and purpose.
- Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (2015). Amy Cuddy shares research and techniques for strengthening in-the-moment confidence and performance. Also, catch Dr. Cuddy's TED talk on body language.
- Rising Strong (2015). Brené Brown's groundbreaking research on vulnerability, shame, courage, and worthiness is full of powerful insights for anyone working in behavior change. Understanding why people do what they do and how to help them make sustainable changes is an ongoing challenge. Her latest book examines why some people who fall down keep getting back up, brushing themselves off, and marching forward - and how we can learn to do the same.
- The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace (2015). Ron Friedman gives a refreshing look at the science of workplace well-being, with compelling stories and practical insights to apply right away.
- When Breath Becomes Air (2015). Paul Kalanithi's memoir, by a young neurosurgeon facing his own diagnosis of terminal cancer, reflects on going from doctor to patient and addresses the question: What makes life worth living in the face of death?
What's on your reading list this year? We'd love to hear your nonfiction recommendations for well-being professionals.