Book List: Reading for Resolutions, 6 Books to Kick-Start the New Year

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why do we continue the same behavior over and over again? Even when it’s bad for us? Even when we don’t get any pleasure out of it? A useful, fascinating, and entertaining look at the science behind forming and breaking habits.
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We ThinkMindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brian Wansink, a food psychologist, looks not at what we eat, but how we eat to help us make smarter, healthier food choices.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great motivator for my first marathon. Part memoir, part investigative journalism, the author explores the life and running habits of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico.
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and SchoolBrain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author Dr. John Medina breaks down modern brain science into 12 principles for everyday health, success, and happiness.
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace)Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness by Chade-Meng Tan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan shares research and techniques for mindfulness and emotional intelligence to help improve our health and productivity.
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Television news anchor Dan Harris describes his journey to cure his anxiety and panic attacks which led him to self-help gurus, brain scientists, and meditation.

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