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8 Recommended Books For Improved Well-Being

book recommendations mental health narcissism positive psychology relationships May 10, 2024
8 Recommended Books For Improved Well-Being

It can be tricky trying to find the right books to help you on your wellness journey. There is so much out there, so we’ve streamlined the options to help make choosing the right fit feel more manageable.

Our day-to-day is all about psychology, well-being, philosophy, and spirituality, and by working with some of the world’s most respected thought leaders and experts in these fields, we make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to access world-class learning to boost their health and happiness. 

The books on our shelf are an extension of the courses we offer and can help you cultivate more hope, curiosity, drive, and creativity, as you find more joy and calm in the chaos of life.

Take a look at Infijoy's recommended reading list for the best well-being books for you.

1. Learned Hopefulness by Dr. Dan Tomasulo

Dr. Dan Tomasulo’s highly-acclaimed book, ‘Learned Hopefulness’, will help you unleash your inner strength, ditch self-limiting beliefs, and embrace a life of happiness and vitality. The practical tools based on positive psychology will get you to identify your strengths, boost motivation, and build resilience.

In the Learned Hopefulness short course, Dr. Dan shares the key highlights, practical techniques, and thought-provoking ideas from the book.  

Read this: if you are looking for a practical, long-term approach to managing low moods and cultivating a more hopeful mindset. For something more practical, join Dan's online short course: How to Cultivate Hope.

2. The Positivity Effect by Dr. Dan Tomasulo

This is another great psychology read by Dr. Dan Tomasulo that was just recently launched. His background as a counseling psychologist, writer, and professor, with a clinical specialization in psychodrama and sociometry, and an academic specialization in intellectual disabilities, moved him to find his passion in positive psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on our weaknesses, positive psychology focuses on our strengths, and cultivating our best selves so we can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. 

‘The Positivity Effect’ helps you transform feelings of anxiety and negativity into feelings of optimism and hope. It is a number one release on Amazon in ‘Anxieties & Phobias’. 

Read this: if you’re struggling to practically implement techniques on moving through anxiety, this book will guide you in a gentle, non-judgmental way to channel this energy more positively. or something more practical, join Dan's online short course: How to Thrive.

3. The Science of Happily Ever After by Ty Tashio

Ty Tashiro, the host of  The Science of Dating online short course, is a social scientist, author, psychologist, and relationship expert. Through many years of working with diverse people from different places and backgrounds, he put together a science for long-term happiness in relationships.

His book, 'The Science of Happily Ever After’, looks at how we fall in love and why. What makes this read so unique is the science and date-driven practical explanations and easy toolkit of how we can rewire our brains to make smarter decisions when it comes to choosing the right person. 

Read this: if you find yourself constantly in the same place of having made poor relationship decisions, this book might be the tool you need to help you make healthier choices and finally link up with the right person for you.

4. AWKWARD: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome by Ty Tashio

Through a dedication to studying human behavior and social interactions, Ty discovered unique findings about why we can be socially awkward and why it’s actually a positive thing. This book, ‘AWKWARD: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome’ is a light-hearted, but science-backed approach interwoven with real-life examples and research to help us understand social dynamics and complexities so that we can use “awkward” moments to our advantage.

Read this: If you often find yourself thinking that you don’t fit in or can’t connect, this book will help you positively shift your mindset. There is so much more to social dynamics, and this book will unpack it for you, giving a healthy and fresh paradigm shift as you go. Join Ty's short course about how to build social skills to discover practical tips and insights from the book. 

5. The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness by Jonas Salzberger

In Jonas Salzberger’s book, ‘The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness’ he makes ancient Stoic wisdom accessible to all. The idea of focusing on what you can control, accepting things as they are rather than resisting them, and honoring that you have the power to choose your reaction are some of the key themes. 

If you’d like to find out more about Stoic living with Jonas, join his online short course, The Wisdom of Stoic Living. You will discover and solidify your positive qualities, and values to live by such as courage, patience, self-discipline, perseverance, and reasonableness.

Whether you decide to read the book or join the course (or both), implementing Stoic wisdom will leave you feeling calm and collected.

Read this: If you often feel out of control and want a sense of grounding and unwavering strength as you deal with day-to-day challenges. The Stoic philosophy will help you feel more resilient and in charge; letting go of what doesn’t serve you and making positive changes where you are called to.

6. Positive Psychotherapy: Clinician Manual by Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is well-known for establishing arguably the largest, quantitative-qualitative longitudinal database on key indicators in Canada to understand the mental health of young adults. His book, Positive Psychotherapy: Clinician Manual, written with Dr. Martin Seligman is considered one of the most comprehensive in the field. Find out more about Dr. Tayyab Rashid’s teachings in his short course, How to Overcome Negativity.

This in-depth manual equips therapists with an overview of the factors that contribute to human 

flourishing and provides a step-by-step framework. The first part introduces the theoretical foundations and positive psychology practices, while the second part offers 15 therapy sessions. Each session includes core concepts, guidelines, skills, and worksheets for hands-on practice.

Read this: If you are a therapist looking for the most comprehensive manual out there outlining the practical approach to therapy based on positive psychology principles.

7. Love & Freedom by Jorge Ferrer

Acclaimed author and TEDx speaker, Jorge Ferrer has been praised for his work on alternative intimate relationships and has been extensively featured in several psychology journals. His book, ‘Love & Freedom’ presents a paradigm shift in the way we think about relationships; addressing different styles beyond monogamy and polyamory. From spirituality and mysticism to psychology and shamanism, the Ibiza-based relationship counselor, educator, and public speaker shares a unique perspective on the human condition and is a celebrated expert on the art of sensual spirituality. 

Jorge also presents the How to Balance Love & Freedom Short Course to help you discover the tools you need to strengthen your intuition, cultivate more energy, and form a deeper spiritual connection with yourself and others.

Read this: For a fresh perspective on relationships and creating the mindset to find a new approach to love and life. It will take you on a journey to open your mind, reconnect with sensuality in progressive ways, and explore new paths to experience life more fully. 

8. The Narcissism Epidemic by Keith Campbell

Narcissism is a topic quickly growing in popularity, with the book, ‘The Narcissism Epidemic’, tackling many of the current thoughts and concerns. 

Dr. W. Keith Campbell is an expert on personality and cultural change. As a researcher and professor, he has been studying narcissism for the past 30 years. Having published over 200 papers and several books, Dr. Campbell has discovered several key findings on the psychology of narcissism. He found that narcissism is a lot more common than one would think, uncovering that most people exhibit some levels of narcissistic tendencies in their everyday life – whether at a leadership level, on social media, or when networking.

He also hosts the online short course How to Cope with a Narcissist all about handling this topic in all types of relationships, even giving some guidance for raising less narcissistic kids. 

Read this: If you are curious about narcissistic behavior. It can help you determine whether or not you or those in your life have narcissistic traits and the best way to deal with them.

These insightful books can help you dive deeper into important aspects of your well-being. We share complex topics and insights from scientific studies and global ancient practices alike, transforming these profound ideas into relatable and engaging content that is clear, meaningful, and inspirational.

All of the content on our website is thoroughly researched to ensure that the information shared is evidence-based. For more information, please visit the academic journals and other resources that influenced this article: Does a narcissism epidemic exist in modern western societies? Comparing narcissism and self-esteem in East and West Germany

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