Have you ever been on the hunt for a perfect book to inspire you? Have you ever had a question and wondered if it can be answered, just by flipping through a stack of books that you almost couldn’t carry alone? If so, then this article is just for you!
The easiest way to productively and meaningfully spend your time
There are endless things that you can do to help others. For every cause, there is an already existing system set up for you to donate your time, donate money, or in some cases, provide items in need. Figuring out what is in demand in your area and what will have the greatest impact on the lives of people around you should be an easy decision to make.
Time management and energy management
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- How To Manage Your Day-to-Day: Reduce Stress, Double Productivity, and Achieve Your Goals by Tony Crabbe
- Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
Optimizing work-life balance
The book offers a thoughtful answer to this question with practical suggestions on how to work on improving your life outside of work. There are cost-free activities, such as meditating for 10 minutes per day. In the book, the author also mentions some paid options, such as neurofeedback training or finding a therapist or life coach.
Growth mindset, happiness, and cultural perspective
I read this book over two years ago, and found it changed how I looked at my own brain. It talks about the difference between “fixed mindsets” (e.g., “I am not talented”) versus “growth mindsets” (e.g., “this is just one of many challenges for me to learn”), with practical examples of how these habits might affect your life trajectory. Unlike habits that focus on only one area of life, Wood argues that growth mindset can improve happiness, relieve burdens around success and failure, and help achieve the richness of diversity.
Purpose and meaning in life
There are many things that will give our lives meaning and purpose, but there are usually just a few things that are very different. According to psychologist Abraham Maslow, humans have an innate desire for self-actualization. It might be art, writing, exploring the world around us, or something else entirely. We all have certain drives motivating us in life, so it is important to determine what they are. Once we do, chances are our days won’t feel so meaningless.