Books That Bring Us Joy: The Best Wellness Books of March 2018

Take a peek at our list of this month's must-read wellness books.

March is one of the four months that straddles a season. The energy inconsistencies and strange mélange of weather associated with the month named after the Roman god of war, demands that we improvise and keep to our toes. Our fashion must be flexible, and our minds and bodies must be prepared for the unexpected. Our favorite books this month help us manage the unpredictability associated with March. We learn everything from embracing new trends to finding comfort in the familiar. We may also find ourselves making our homes more of an outer reflection of ourselves; eating to help combat age, disease, and cognitive decline; or breaking through the boundaries that have been holding us back at work and in life. So get prepared for whatever life throws at you this month by exploring our list of best wellness books below.

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1. Brain Food

by Lisa Mosconi, PhD

Eating for health is not a groundbreaking idea. Eating for our brain health, however, is. Mosconi’s new book covers everything from busting myths about food trends (such as why you may want some gluten after all) to a quiz about your brain health and a complete food plan. If you’re looking for help improving memory, lifting the haze of depression, or even just sharpening your cognitive edge, Brain Food will help you eat your way there.





2. The Lyme Solution

by Darin Ingels

Lyme disease is one of the fastest-growing infectious conditions in the United States, and it comes with a wide range of symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose, as well as treat. In The Lyme Solution, naturopath Darin Ingels lays out a completely holistic approach that has helped thousands of patients manage their symptoms and get back on the path to good health and healing.





3. Unlocking Greatness

by Charlie Harary with Mark Dagostino

We all have the ability to create the life that we want, but some of us struggle with the mental obstacles that hold us back. Executive, radio host, and professor, Charlie Harary, has written a new guide on how changing your thoughts can change your life. Harary takes lessons from neuroscience, psychology, and spiritual development and simplifies them into prescriptive advice that’s accessible and easy to incorporate into your everyday life for real results.





4. How We Work

by Leah Weiss, PhD

Work-life balance may be a myth, depending on who you ask, but what if we could bring our more authentic selves to work, instead of donning our professional masks? Would we be happier? Based on her incredibly popular class at Stanford Graduate School of Business, How We Work author Leah Weiss shows us how to do this with practical strategies based on ancient traditions. While many of us feel like we have to wear a “work” persona, Weiss argues that honoring the wisdom of our feelings, instead of ignoring them to seem more “professional,” can bring us more happiness in the workplace.





5. To Be A Man: A Guide to True Masculine Power

by Robert Augustus Masters, PhD

As a culture, we often ponder the societal expectations put on girls, but the pressure we place on young boys can be equally as damaging. Masculine “norms” often leave men feeling disconnected, unsatisfied, and ashamed of their emotions. In To Be A Man, psychotherapist and relationship expert Robert Masters provides men with the tools to embrace their vulnerability, and view it as a source of strength. Masters also shows men how their past no longer has to determine their future and how they have the ability to define what masculinity truly is on their own terms.




6. I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy

by Cris Beam

What is more of-the-moment than empathy? Empathy—or talk about the lack of it—is everywhere right now, from discussions about politics to marketing, but it’s covered nowhere more beautifully than in I Feel You by Cris Beam. Beam addresses not just what empathy is and how we learn it, but also tells stories from prisons, courtrooms, classrooms, and more to show the reader how true, deep empathy can transform our justice system, our politics, our children, and our society as a whole.





7. How to Taste

by Becky Selengut

A few years ago, most of us didn’t know what umami was, now there’s a restaurant chain called Umami Burger, and it reflects the elusive taste many home cooks are after. Chef and cooking instructor, Becky Selengut, not only takes readers deep into umami and how to achieve it, but also how to balance flavors with salt, acid, bitter, sweet, fat, aromatics, and texture. This isn’t just a list of recipes that tell the reader how to cook a specific dish, but an explanation of how to become a “supertaster” and gently adjust seasoning in your own cooking to create more harmonious deliciousness.





8. Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan

by Chloe Coscarelli

Vegan eating has come a long way from the days of frozen bean burgers and bland kale, and Chloe Coscarelli, pioneering vegan chef, has been a big part of that change. In her newest cookbook, Chloe Flavor, she continues to reinvent how we think of vegan cooking and food, with a list of staples for vegan cooking and unique recipes like Scallion Biscuits and Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes. It’ll revolutionize your current make-at-home favorites . . . and just maybe your lifestyle.





9. Feasting: A New Take on Jewish Cooking

by Amanda Ruben

Amanda Ruben is a well-known Australian restaurateur who, in her new book Feasting, has put a modern twist on Jewish holiday cooking. While Ruben gives the reader history for each recipe, both in the larger context of Jewish feasting and the Ruben family specifically, she also provides simple solutions for using fewer ingredients for delicious dishes and tips on bringing more variety to family meals. And much of the work can be done pre-Shabbat.





10. Blitz

by Juliet Baptiste-Kelly

Though blenders have long been a staple in many kitchens, these days they’re practically everywhere, due to the surge in smoothie popularity. The thing is, they do so much more than make smoothies, and pastry chef and home economist Juliet Baptiste-Kelly addresses exactly that in her new cookbook Blitz. From sauces to soups, and from batters to dips, Blitz has recipes that are simple, quick, and full of nutrients—all while making sure you get the most out of your blender and your time in the kitchen.





11. The Healing Power of Essential Oils

by Eric Zielinski

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably heard of essential oils, as they have continued to climb in popularity over the past six months. Eric Zielinski, author and host of the Essential Oils Revolution summits, gives the reader over 150 essential oil recipes for everything health related, including a special section on women’s health. If you’re already an essential oils enthusiast or just interested in how they can improve your health, The Healing Power of Essential Oils is for you.





12. Green Enough

by Leah Segedie

These days, most of us want to do better for ourselves and for the planet, but the glut of products and trends out there can make it difficult to differentiate between what’s good for you, what is good for the planet, and what is simply good marketing. Mamavation blogger Leah Segedie helps explain what “all-natural” products are and how to get chemicals and toxins out of your home. It even includes a section on kid-friendly recipes that will help you detox your cooking. Some trends are worth it, and detoxing your home is certainly one of them.



13. Resilient

by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and Forrest Hanson

The world can seem pretty unstable, which is why it is important, now more than ever, to become grounded with inner strength in the form of grit, gratitude, and compassion. In his new book, Resilient, New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson uses his unique blend of neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness to show readers, step by step, how they can create twelve vital inner strengths that they will always be able to rely on, even when outside factors are chaotic and adversarial. And contrary to the belief that relying on one’s self can be a lonely feat, Hanson argues that finding inner resilience actually helps us build, repair, and maintain relationships.





14. Homecamp: Stories and Inspiration for the Modern Adventurer

by Doron Francis and Stephanie Francis

Homecamp is a beautiful collection of stories from modern adventurers who have embraced the great outdoors on their own terms. A recent surge in support for national parks and the wild popularity of social media and marketing campaigns that encourage people to get outside shows that many of us want to explore and discover more of nature, but we just may not know how. Doron and Stephanie Francis’ impressive and inspiring collection will help every reader figure out just how to do so in a way that helps them truly see the world around them, whether that’s helping clean up a beach, learning to forage, or trekking across a continent or two.




15. The Pretty Dish

by Jessica Merchant

Jessica Merchant is a full-time recipe developer and writer. She’s like your foodie, trendy best friend who always knows what to put in a recipe to make it unique or which ingredients to pull from the fridge for an effective, natural face mask. In her new book The Pretty Dish, she offers up over 200 recipes for making you feel and look great.





16. This Is Home: The Art of Simple Living

by Natalie Walton

One thing that everybody wants is to feel comfortable and happy in their home, and no matter what our thoughts on interior design and décor are, they affect our reaction to the places we inhabit. In This Is Home, writer and stylist for interiors and lifestyle magazines Natalie Walton, asks the people that inhabit fifteen homes across the world why they’ve designed their homes the way they have and what makes them happy in those homes. Filled with stunning photography and design advice, this beautiful volume will help anyone embrace whatever design philosophy they may have, whether it’s minimalism or hygge.





17. The Fountain: A Doctor’s Prescription to Make 60 the New 30

by Rocco Monto, MD

Maybe everyone doesn’t necessarily want to live longer, but everyone would probably agree that it’d be nice to live healthier, more fit, and dare I say, more youthful as we get older. Dr. Rocco Monto discusses how to do just that in his book The Fountain, focusing on the four pillars of science, diet, exercise, and medicine to show us how to ease the negative effects of growing older, prevent disease, and live more energetic and full lives as we age.





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