Top 10 Must Reads for Well Being Pros

Top 10 Must-Reads for Well-Being Pros: 2022 Edition

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This year’s selections share common themes of hope, growth, and possibility. We hope you’ll find something that sparks curiosity as well as ideas. Happy reading!

  1. All We Can Save — Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis (2020). We unravel as one or we regenerate as one. Editors Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Keeble Wilkinson write this to summarize the messages of compassion, community, and commitment woven throughout this superb collection of essays, poetry, and art. Packed with compelling insights and expertise from diverse women leaders across the US, the book offers a bold, hopeful vision of the way forward. Check out free facilitation guides from The All We Can Save Project for the workplace and beyond.
  2. Around the World in 80 Trees (2018). Jonathan Drori brings readers on an intriguing close-up tour of select trees on every continent, sharing botanical insights along with historical and cultural context. Lucille Clerc’s illustrations detail the vibrant beauty of each subject, making this book as enjoyable to page through as it is to read.
  3. How to Eat to Beat Disease Cookbook: 75 Healthy Recipes to Protect Your Well-Being (2021). Seattle RDN Ginger Hultin brings lifestyle medicine to your kitchen through enticing dishes with ingredients that promote well-being. Skillfully integrating health research insights with appealing yet practical recipes, she also offers helpful tips, a 14-day meal plan, and handy shopping lists.
  4. How to Change — The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (2021). Scientist Katy Milkman addresses internal obstacles to lasting change — like impulsivity, procrastination, and forgetfulness. Drawing on her own research findings and highlighting other studies, Milkman’s writing is informative and lively; practical takeaways at the end of each chapter invite us all to experiment with specific, data-driven ideas for making habits stick.
  5. Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey (2021). Combining soulful memoir with a clear call to action, English farmer James Rebanks reflects on the beauty of farming while addressing the ecological impact of modern agricultural techniques. Love and respect for his work, his animals, and the land are palpable as he illustrates the why and how of returning to ancestral farming’s nature-friendly ways.
  6. The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (2021). Beloved naturalist Jane Goodall and writer Douglas Abrams share stories from her life to thoughtfully present reasons for enduring hope. Without varnishing difficult realities, they provide important questions to contemplate along with specific ways we can nurture a hopeful outlook in ourselves and each other.
  7. The Art of Caring Leadership: How Leading with Heart Uplifts Teams and Organizations (2021). Do your employees know you care about them? Heather Younger draws on her expertise as an employee loyalty consultant and 80+ podcast interviews with business leaders to develop 9 specific actions that make workers feel cared for. This book is a timely tool for expanding essential skills that promote a culture of well-being as well as recruitment, retention, and productivity.
  8. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (2021). Intellectual humility is the name of the game in the latest bestseller by organizational psychologist Adam Grant. Everyone has something to learn; acknowledging that we don’t know it all and inviting critical feedback are positive traits. With humor, research, and relatable stories, Grant encourages rethinking even our most strongly held positions to enhance growth in the context of new information and perspectives.
  9. Together — Why Social Connection Holds the Key to Better Health, Higher Performance, and Greater Happiness (2020). Widespread pandemic-related isolation put a spotlight on the vital importance of human connection for health and well-being. US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy serves up research nuggets plus engaging stories that illustrate and enlighten — helping readers understand why we’re not connecting as well as why we must. He brings it home with real-world strategies for building and strengthening social ties.
  10. 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food (2009). Comfort food plays an important role when we need it; even so, practicing a variety of ways to ease stress promotes a more balanced approach. Psychologist Susan Albers offers easy-to-follow mind/body self-soothing techniques to expand our repertoire of coping skills.

Got another great title to suggest? Please share in the comments below. For more recommendations, explore our previous must-read (or listen) lists:

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

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