Each week in December, Books for Better Living will feature our list of top books for the year in the following categories: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life and Best Books of 2011. To kick us off this week, we’re sharing our favorite Healthy Mind books with you!
In Unlimited, Jillian Michaels forgets all that self-help mumbo jumbo that you might read in other books, and teaches you how to build an exceptional life in a fun, but tough way. By the end of the book, you will have all the tools you need to change your life. No hype. No false promises. That’s Jillian for you!—Meredith McGinnis
What’s better for the mind than learning how it works? In The Social Animal, using the fictional tale of “Harold and Erica,” NY Times columnist David Brooks explores how the mind’s complicated meanderings are driven not just by physiology – but also by our social interactions with others. Science for the layperson, The Social Animal is (health) food for thought. –Kristin Fritz
We can’t say enough good things about Gabby Bernstein’s duo of books that hit shelves in September. She’s the voice in your head saying “You can do it!” and encouraging you to live life to your full potential. These books will help you live, laugh, learn and grow, and add that special something to your life. –Katie Conneally
The late Dr. Lee Lipsenthal’s gift to his family and all of us, Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last, reminds us of the importance of practicing gratitude, connecting with our loved ones, and living a full life. A true gift to all of us, Dr. Lipsenthal will inspire all readers to live each day with joy and love. –Christina Foxley
Keep your mind healthy by exercising it in new ways. Berger’s inventive book begins with a consideration of the great philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s sketchbooks—believed to exist, but never found—and explores how we find, follow, and understand visual narratives in works of art. This book is literally eye-opening. –Pam Cortland
How did the universe begin? Where did life come from? Is there design in nature? These are the questions that spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and renowned physicist Leonard Mlodinow set about answering in their provocative and controversial new book that hit shelves in October. This book is a conversation that everyone should be a part of–one that challenges us to take a deeper look into what we truly believe about the nature of existence. –Annie Chagnot
Who better to teach us the Buddhist practices for cultivating compassion, altruism, aspiration and wisdom in order to achieve a calm and joyful state of mind than His Holiness the Dalai Lama? An inspiring, succinct overview of Tibetan Buddhism techniques, A Profound Mind is perfect for anyone interested in the core teachings of Buddhism. –Christina Foxley