Need to Read

Interested in more fascinating information?  Here’s a list of books to get you started.


Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel Amen

Your brain is involved in everything you do and managing and caring for it are important,
here are some guidelines (first of several books)

Descartes’ Error, Antonio Damasio
Wonderful discussion of how feeling and thinking are intertwined and both essential for
making good decisions

Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan

Describes easy and fun ways to meditate.

Now You See It, Cathy Davidson
Science of attention and use in education and business

Nudge, Richard Thayler and Cass Sunsein

How changing the environment makes change easier

The Alchemy of Love and Lust, Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D.
Look out, your hormones are playing tricks on you-see what they are

The Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal, Robert E. Thayer

Not only does he explain that brief exercise improves mood, he also has a chart you can fill in to see when during the day you are most energetic and alert (see Maui has a Ball post)

The Biology of Violence, Debra Niehoff

This book got Peggy hooked on reading about the biology of emotion and the brain( buy)

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better,

Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee

How beliefs based on past experience influence how you understand the world.

The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
Recommend to anyone who has to overcome a limitation or make a change

The Emotional Brain, Joseph Le Doux
From an expert on fear and anxiety

The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine, M.D.

The Mating Mind, Geoffrey Miller
How evolution may have shaped art, literature, and love, fun to read

The Mind & The Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., Sharon Begley, Neroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

The Power of Habit,  Charles Duhigg

About how by using habits, you bypass willpower, which decreases as you use it. He discusses how to replace a bad habit.

The Science of Happiness, Stefan Klein, PhD

how the brain works to make you happy and how you can guide it to do so.

The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle

Describes what it takes to become excellent, and how he learned about it.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, Jared Diamond
On being human

Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan

On meditation and emotional intelligence

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath

A framework for making change, with great ideas

Wishcraft, Barbara Sher
On making career choices

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Robert M. Sapolsky

Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping



  Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, Martin Seligman, 2002

Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn

It’s All in Your Head, Thinking Your Way to Happiness (The 8 Essential Secrets to Living a Life Without Regrets), Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine

Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltaz, MD, FICS


Books on our own “need to read” list:

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, Alex Korb