These books will help you better understand how we think and how we behave.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Kahneman was the first psychologist to win a Nobel Prize. This is his life’s work, and it will make you reconsider a lot of what you presume about how we think. The implications of his research go far beyond our personal lives. The field of behavioral economics, which he helped invent, will shape how the world operates for decades to come.
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Csikszentmihalyi has researched happiness for longer than most of the world has been alive. His theory on the concept of flow – a mental state of complete immersion – should be mandatory reading for everyone. Primarily scientific, but part philosophical, this book breaks down a big part of the happiness equation, and it does so really well.
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
Willpower has been shown to be a greater predictor of success than IQ, and yet, a majority of people would probably struggle to define what it even is. Kelly McGonigal teaches one of the most popular courses at Stanford University, and this book is essentially a summary of her lessons. It’s informative, and it’s filled with practical advice.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Over the last few years, the psychology of habits has made its way into the mainstream. It’s in large part because of this book. Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, and as far as non-scientists go, he has an impressive ability to dissect research without cheapening it. This book contains enough useful information to better your life.
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Dweck is a psychologist at Stanford University, and she has contributed some of the most important research on success and performance in the last few decades. Mindset breaks down the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset and how they each relate to the process of achievement. It’s something everyone should know.