5 books to make sense of confusing feelings

Feelings can be capricious, strange and unpredictable things. Sometimes you feel anger when you expect sadness, or relief when you expect disappointment, or numbness when you expect grief.

Fortunately, however, you don’t have to make sense of your emotions on your own. Below are five stellar reads, each of which illuminates surprising truths about how feelings really work and how to make them work for us.

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The Power of Regret: How Looking Back Moves Us Forward

By Daniel Rose

Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience and biology, a world-renowned thinker debunks the myth of the “no regrets” philosophy of life. In fact, regrets offer compelling insight into how we live and how we can find a better way forward. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Daniel Pink, in the Next Big Idea app

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life

By Lauren Martin

With a good job and healthy relationships, the author seemed to have it all, but she couldn’t get rid of lingering feelings of inferiority, irritability, etc. The Book of Moods is his deep dive into what causes such negative emotions, what they are for, and how anyone can deal with them more effectively. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Lauren Martin, in the Next Big Idea app

Emotional Agility by Susan David

Emotional agility: unlock yourself, embrace change, and thrive in work and life

By Susan David

Developed by Harvard psychologist Susan David, emotional agility is a revolutionary scientific approach that allows us to navigate the twists and turns of life with self-acceptance, insight, and openness. Listen to our professionally read Book Bite summary in the Next Big Idea app

Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking By Leonard Mlodinow

Emotional: How Feelings Shape How We Think

By Leonard Mlodinow

We’ve all been told that rational thinking is the key to success. But at the forefront of science, researchers discover that feeling is just as important as thought. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Leonard Mlodinow, in the Next Big Idea app

The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning by Paul Bloom

The Sweet Spot: the pleasures of suffering and the search for meaning

By Paul Bloom

Drawing on groundbreaking findings from psychology and brain science, a University of Toronto professor shows how the right kind of suffering paves the way to increased pleasure. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Paul Bloom, in the Next Big Idea app

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