9 Books that Helped Us Thrive In 2018

Reading these books can sharpen your mind and change your life.

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Research proves that reading is great for your brain, and it has the power to inform, inspire, and reorient the way you think about a topic. It’s also an incredible tool for learning, and for gaining deeper insight into yourself.

In celebration of that, here are a few of Thrive’s favorite books of 2018.

1) Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor

Achor is an author, speaker, and passionate advocate for positive psychology. His newest book explores the contagious nature of positive emotions and human potential. It doesn’t work to think about your happiness or success as a limited resource, Achor explains. He helps you understand exactly what you need to do to thrive (hint: you don’t have to go it alone).

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2) Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators and Mavericks Do to Win at Life by Dave Asprey (coming Dec. 4, 2018)

Asprey is the founder of the Bulletproof Executive blog and the host of the podcast Bulletproof Radio. His book gathers up lessons from his podcast conversations with game-changing leaders, and collates them into a guide to success. It’s packed with revealing anecdotes and practical advice on topics ranging from anxiety management to performance enhancing tricks.   

Available here

3) Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein

Bernstein is a motivational speaker, life coach, and New York Times best-selling author. Her latest work delves into the beliefs that limit our success and happiness, and provides guidance on how exactly to let them go.

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4) Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life by Gisele Bündchen

Bündchen, the supermodel, actress, and philanthropist, opens up in her new memoir, sharing the difficulties she’s experienced and the lessons she’s learned on her path to international stardom.

Available here

5) The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free by Steven R. Gundry, M.D.

Dr. Gundry, a renowned cardiac surgeon, researcher, and writer, has committed a second act of his career to curing modern diseases through diet change. The Plant Paradox Cookbook is a companion work to Dr. Gundry’s New York Times best-seller The Plant Paradox.

Available here

6) Let’s Talk about Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life’s Most Important Conversations by Michael Hebb

Hebb is the founder of Death Over Dinner, an organization that seeks to normalize conversations about death by bringing them to the dinner table. His book Let’s Talk about Death (Over Dinner) picks up that theme, and explores just how crucial discussions of death are to living a happy, fulfilling life. It’s packed with lessons on how we can approach those conversations purposefully and effectively.

Available here

7) The Better Brain Solution: How to Start Now—at Any Age—to Reverse and Prevent Insulin Resistance of the Brain, Sharpen Cognitive Function, and Avoid Memory Loss By Steven Masley, M.D.

Dr. Masley is a physician, nutritionist, trained chef, professor, and author. His book tackles the question of how to improve cognitive function and fight memory loss, focusing on the key pillars of lifestyle and diet. Its approach zeroes in on actionable daily practices you can use to keep your brain in peak condition, enhance your performance, and maximize your happiness.

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8) Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night’s Rest by Henry Nicholls

Sleepyhead discusses the fascinating, complex world of sleep and its disturbances. It provides a comprehensive guide to the reasons why good rest is so crucial, explaining the science in lucid, engaging prose, and follows up with clear, actionable ways to get a good night’s sleep.

Available here

9) Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, has just published her new memoir. Obama has lived a remarkable life and processed it thoughtfully: Her book overflows with smart, inspiring insight into issues of family, self-worth, purpose, and relationships. There’s a lot to learn from her.

Available here

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