7 Wellness Books That Make You Think Too

As much as we love to read at NBIC, we’ll be the first to admit that not every book is a feel-good experience. (Try browsing The Karamazov brothersfor example, and you probably won’t find yourself swimming in joy of living.) So when you’re looking for a book that makes you feel good while making you think, try one of the seven great reads below.

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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

Wonder: Childhood and the Lifelong Love of Science by Frank Keil

Wonder: Childhood and Lifelong Love of Science

By Frank Keil

A renowned Yale psychologist describes the cognitive dispositions that put children on the path to discovery and explains how we can all become lifelong wonders. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Frank Keil, in the Next Big Idea app

The Power of Pleasure: How to Feel Alive Again By Catherine Price

The Power of Pleasure: How to Feel Alive Again

By Catherine Price

If you’re not having fun, you’re not living fully. The author of How to break up with your phone argues that, far from being frivolous, pleasure is actually essential to our well-being and shows us how to get more of it. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Catherine Price, in the Next Big Idea app

Happy: The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Happy: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

By Ingrid Fetell Lee

Science shows that our environment has a measurable effect on our mood, creativity and productivity. And in Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee puts this science in your hands, to help you design the perfect spaces to live and work. See an excerpt from our online course

In Awe: Rediscover Your Childhood Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy by John O'Leary

In Awe: Rediscover Your Childhood Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning, and Joy

By John O’Leary

With the daily grind of work responsibilities and obligations, we can feel burnt out and jaded more often than we would like. But equipped with a happier mindset, we can live happier, healthier lives than ever before. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author John O’Leary, in the Next Big Idea app

The Sunny Nihilist: A Statement on the Pleasure of Uselessness by Wendy Syfret

The Sunny Nihilist: A Statement on the Pleasure of Uselessness

By Wendy Syfret

When you let go of the idea that everything has to have a purpose, you will be relieved of stress, exhaustion and anxiety. More importantly, you can seize the opportunity to enjoy the moment, the present, the chaos and the chance to be alive. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Wendy Syfret, in the Next Big Idea app

When You Wonder, You Learn: Mister Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Inquisitive, and Caring Children By Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski

When You Wonder, You Learn: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Inquisitive, and Caring Children

By Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski

With insights from thinkers, scientists and teachers – many of whom worked with Mister Rogers himself – the book is an essential exploration of how children and their parents can excel at what Rogers taught best: To be human. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by co-authors Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, in the Next Big Idea app

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