4 Non-Fiction Reads to Fuel Your Spring


Looking for a fresh start this spring? Try this reading list revamp.

If you're like me, then you can't help but be skeptical of the thousands of "self-help" books claiming they know the secret to happiness, love or success - particularly when their methodologies include things like "healing crystals". That being said, there are some true gems out there that are realistic, researched based and a really good read. These are my top four fun and fact-filled books to power through the new season. Short on time? Get a mini dose of inspiration and a flavor of each author with the TED Talks below.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Published earlier this year and still hot off the press, When gives you a crash course in the science of timing. Whether you want to optimize your work schedule or make a fresh start on a personal growth goal — this page turner marries the best of academic research with real-world application. Written by the New York Times Best-Selling Author, Daniel Pink, you’ll be impressed with the book’s snappy writing, “Time Hackers Guidebook” filled with practical tips and the wide range of research referenced.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

In a world flooded with self-help books, Flourish provides a desperately needed academic and scientific look at the topic of well-being. Written by the “father of Positive Psychology,” Dr. Martin Seligman, this book goes beyond suggesting ways to be happy and instead shares academically validated exercises for increasing well-being. Want to learn even more about the field of Positive Psychology? Check out the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization on Coursera. It’s filled with informative video lectures and even more hands-on exercises.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Written by acclaimed psychologist Dr. Angela Duckworth, this book compiles years of fieldwork on the unique characteristic of “passion blended with persistence” or “grit”. According to Duckworth’s research, the secret to success lies not in talent, but in this title trait. Whether you have a specific goal in mind for 2018, want to create a culture of success at your workplace or help your children to succeed, Grit will show you how. Fun fact: Duckworth completed her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and studied under Seligman — so you may notice some similarities!


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Whether you’re an introvert at heart or a quintessential extrovert, this book is a must-read. Quiet investigates how western culture tends to undervalue introverts and obscures the contributions they make. Packed with extensive research and inspiring stories of successful introverts, this quick and easy read is equal parts insightful and inspiring.