The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel
Success and Performance at Work, Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor, a Harvard researcher who studies Happiness, explains that success does not bring happiness. Though our culture promotes this message, the truth is the opposite: that happier people become more successful. Happiness comes first. This book explores the science of happiness, shares stories from Achor’s advisees at Harvard who struggled enormously to find happiness despite their academic success, and provides strategies to invest in your life before your work. This book is a great read for anyone feeling burnt out, dissatisfied, or curious about work/life balance.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihayli
The concept of flow is a breakthrough in the field of psychology. Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihayli discovered the state of being so engaged in what we are doing that we lose track of time, forget to eat, and are fully focused and genuinely satisfied with our experience. In this state of “optimal experience,” we are deeply invested and creative. This book explains the science behind flow and how to create more of this high-enjoyment state in our lives.
The Weekend Effect: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork, Katrina Onstad
Ever heard of the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” The Weekend Effect discusses the degradation of our weekends and the harm it has on our health and social connections. In a culture of overwork, we seem to have lost the virtue of fun. More of us are working more days and more hours, and we have less time to unplug and recharge. This book looks at the history, psychology, and anthropology of work/life balance, and will help you reclaim your weekend for relaxation and joy.