Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing

Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate, founder of behavioral economics, and one of the most prominent psychologists in the world. There are dozens of gems in this talk but for me, the one with the most impact is the one about how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. I’ve listened to it several times and each time there were very specific ways in which it affected choices I made to be happier.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner who has written an incredible book that dives into the mysterious world of our conscious and unconscious thinking patterns. Your brain will feel like it's going to explode from all the fascinating revelations you discover and you'll gain a deeper understanding about how you make decisions and react to certain things in your life. Yes, this is a super thick book that can absolutely seem intimidating, but somehow the author makes it accessible and really fun to read.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and in Business

Written by award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg, this book is an awesome mix of research, stories, and revelations about habits: how we form them, how we can change them, and how knowledge about human habits is transforming everything from the way companies are run to where fruits and vegetables are placed in the grocery store.

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

The first words in this classic and powerful book are: Life is difficult. Without hiding the true realities of life -- which is filled with conflict, difficulties, and challenging decisions, Dr. Scott Peck guides us to a deeper level of self-understanding and creates a path we can follow to a fuller, more serene life.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlighten

You don't need to be religious or spiritual to read this book. In fact, I found it to be a really refreshing, non-preachy read -and I'm someone who had trouble with the word "spirituality" just a few years ago. The core message of the book is simple and powerful: The way to true happiness is through learning to live in the now, in this moment we are experiencing, without reliving the past or racing to the future.