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Announcement + Top Book Recommendations

Hi Friends!

In this short post, I share an announcement as well as my top book recommendations for two related topics:

1) Compassion, self compassion and wisdom for healing and growth

2) Positive Psychology

So, some major changes have been happening here, and I can't wait to share some of them with you.

After a year now in private practice, I've decided to join a wonderful company, BetterUp, as a Behavioral Scientist. In my role there, I'll be working with companies to design, deliver and evaluate interventions aimed at improving the wellbeing of their employees. While we’re starting this work with corporations, the goal is to bring the greatest tools for improving wellbeing to as many people as possible.

Joining this company gives me the opportunity to reach more people and have greater impact, not to mention the chance to work with some really wonderful humans and get back into research. All in all, I expect to learn a lot about how to improve the wellbeing of our working population, and I can’t wait to share what I learn with you.

Its been such a pleasure this past year to design workshops and courses and bring them to you, and I very much intend to keep doing so, so stay tuned.

Now, since I’ve received many requests for this, I figured I’d share some of my favorite ever book recommendations:

Compassion, self compassion and wisdom for healing and growth:

The Mindful Path to Self Compassion - Chris Germer

Self Compassion - Kristen Neff

The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris

The Reality Slap - Russ Harris

Mindsight - Dan Siegel

Radical Acceptance - Tara Brach

When things fall apart - Pema Chodron

Bouncing back - Linda Graham

Happiness is an Inside Job - Sylvia Boorstein

Drama of the gifted child - Alice Miller

Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg

The Compassionate Mind, Paul Gilbert

Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom, Roshi Joan Halifax

Positive psychology:

Flourish, and Authentic Happiness - Martin Seligman

The Upside of Stress - Kelly McGonigal

Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Positivity, and Love 2.0 - Barbara Fredrickson

The How of Happiness - Sojna Lyubomirsky

The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt

The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz

Mindset - Carol Dweck

Spark - Jon Ratey

I'll be continually updating this list. As always, feel free to reach out with any inquiries, and I wish you all a wonderful spring!



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