Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century by Adam DavidsonWhat it's about: the argument that an increasingly automated and interconnected labor market will create more opportunities to build a career around the things that get you excited.
What makes it unique: While discussions of the 21st-century economy can be stressful and bleak, the information and advice in The Passion Economy are presented in an upbeat, optimistic tone.
About the author: Adam Davidson is one of the creators of NPR's Planet Money podcast and a staff writer for The New Yorker.
You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters by Kate MurphyWhat it is: an illuminating look at the power of strong listening skills and the ways in which modern technology has allowed us to be always available to listen but not always good at it.
Read it for: the thorough research; the conversations with a diverse group of people (from priests to hostage negotiators) whose careers require them to develop and maintain the listening skills that so many of us have lost.
The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become... by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.What it's about: childhood attachment styles and actionable advice for how parents can "show up" in ways that that foster their child's self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Why you should read it: This thorough yet accessible exploration of early emotional development is the book you'll wish your own parents had access to.
About the authors: Psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and clinical social worker Tina Payne Bryson have previously collaborated on other parenting books such as The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.
The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It by John Tierney and Roy F. BaumeisterWhat it is: a thought-provoking and engaging evaluation of negativity bias (in which negative experiences can have a stronger effect on people than positive ones) and how to use it to your advantage.
Topics include: the evolutionary advantages of negativity bias for early humans; the uses of constructive criticism; the constant exposure to negativity from the 24-hour news cycle.
You might also like: Rethinking Narcissism by Craig Malkin; Is Shame Necessary? by Jennifer Jacquet.
Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed... by Jean ChatzkyWhat it's about: how women can evaluate their relationships with money and take steps to ensure their financial security, which will allow them to create a life with less stress and more opportunities for fulfillment.
About the author: Award-winning journalist Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC's Today Show, host of the weekly HerMoney podcast, and has written other personal finance books such as Pay It Down and Not Your Parents' Money Book.
The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good With Money by Chelsea Fagan; designed by Lauren Ver HageWhat it is: an approachable entry point for anyone who needs to get their financial affairs in order but is overwhelmed by trying to figure out where to start.
Read it for: newbie-level introductions to concepts like budgeting and investing; discussions of how money can affect our relationships with ourselves and with each other; the author's warmth, sincerity, and humor.
Beautiful Money: The 4-Week Total Wealth Makeover by Leanne JacobsWhat it's about: how to change your relationship with money and find balance between your finances and the rest of your life.
Topics include: clarifying your goals; the value of having multiple sources of income; the importance of staying grounded even after you've managed to build wealth.
Is it for you? The tone and much of the advice in this guide might seem unconventional to some readers, but anyone looking for new approaches to personal finance will find it refreshing.
You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle... by Jesse MechamWhat's inside: a complete, detailed guide to managing your money, based on the system built into the popular budgeting platform of the same name.
Why you might like it: The encouraging tone of the writing and room for flexibility in the system feel less restrictive than other books about financial planning.
Advice includes: "give every dollar a job," "embrace your true expenses," and instead of asking yourself "can I afford this?", ask "does this move me closer to my goals?"
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