10 Must-Reads for Well-Being Practitioners: 2019 Edition

So many great books, so little time. We recommend moving these must-reads for well-being practitioners to the top of the stack:

Adversaries Into Allies: Master the Art of Ultimate Influence (2013)

Bob Burg mixes expert advice on people skills with tips to enhance and apply emotional intelligence in this practical handbook for mastering persuasive communication.

Brainstorm: Detective Stories From the World of Neurology (2018)

A deeper understanding of the human brain and how it works is a good thing for anyone working with people. Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan takes readers through intriguing case studies that shed light on the clockwork inside our heads.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (2018)

Researcher Brené Brown challenges readers to choose courage over comfort and develop 4 essential, distinctively human skill sets for more meaningful and effective leadership.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016)

Yes, please. Cal Newport teaches tactics for improving concentration when you need it most… on tasks and projects requiring deep thinking.

Forks Over Knives: Flavor! Delicious Whole-Food Plant-Based Recipes to Cook
Every Day

Scientific evidence continues to uncover the benefits of plant-based eating for health and quality of life. Try it out for yourself with Darshana Thacker’s latest culinary collection.

Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks (2018)

Get a jump on your next adventure or National Parks-themed well-being event. Becky Lomax makes planning easy and fun with her beautiful new travel guide, full of handy lists to help you make the most of your time and energy.

Take Us to a Better Place: Stories of Health, Hope, and Healing (2019)

What could the future of health look like? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked fiction and futurist writers to respond to this question. The result is a collection of short stories that promises to be as entertaining as it is thought-provoking:

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2014)

The lasting effects of childhood trauma affect adult well-being in significant ways. Psychiatrist Bessel A. van der Kolk explains the consequences as well as innovative treatments that help people heal.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (2017)

This entertaining blend of science and storytelling from Florence Williams will have you looking for more frequent encounters with meadows, forests, rivers, and other natural spaces.

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life (2016)

If you enjoyed Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, you’ll love Richard Louv’s latest work. It offers 500 inspiring ideas for boosting happiness and well-being with time spent in nature.


None of these titles tickle your fancy?  Find more recommendations from our 2016 and 2018 lists of must-reads for well-being practitioners. Happy reading!


A room without books is like a body without a soul.
— Cicero


Beth ShepardBeth Shepard
Well-being consultant, educator, writer |National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach |ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist |Lifestyle medicine advocate |25+ years in wellness |Jazz enthusiast.


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