Top game changing and life impacting books

“There are really only two things that can change a human being: love and reading a great book”. –

Paul Desalmand

The magic of books is one of the few forms of “magic” in which I believe. After reading one book one feels transformed and grown up. The books have this magical power to change the way we look at our own lives and at life in general.

Below, a selection of books to be enjoyed without moderation throughout the year (at your own risk):

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

Find your element

If you have that deep-set feeling of not having found your place yet or having missed your calling in life, if you think it’s too late to do what you really love or you want to transform your children’s education and stimulate their creativity, this book is for you.

With sparkling humour and deep humanity, Ken Robinson encourages us all to find our ” Element ” (between passion and talent) and guide us in finding our way. And this is really life-changing!

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

motivation

What really motivates us? Built on four decades of scientific and psychological studies on human motivation and through concrete examples, the book exposes the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home. The author provides ideas and techniques to awaken the motivation (in ourselves and other people) by examining the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

NVC

In this book, Mr. Rosenberg explains the mechanism by which certain ways of communication disconnect us from our natural kindness and encourage violent behaviour toward others and ourselves.

Through insightful stories, examples and practical exercises and role-plays, this book teaches us how to find the right words, attitudes, how to listen and to be listened, even in tense situations.

It helps us to reconsider how we express our needs and points of view by creating a quality of listening, respect and empathy as well as mutual generosity between us and our interlocutors. Read the full article on the NonViolent Communication.

The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg and Johan-Frédérik Hel Guedj

power of habit

Habit is the autopilot of our brain. Our life is made of loops, these ” key-habits” that govern our behaviour without even realising it. Change just one element to create a new loop: a virtuous/vicious circle. This is the difference between failure and success, happiness and unhappiness. By changing the keys, you’ll open different doors.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence Cialdini

Through this book, based on 35 years of research and experience, Robert B. Cialdini has become the reference in terms of persuasion. It provides an effective and documented analysis of different psychological persuasion practices and universal principles of persuasion and their mechanisms (scarcity, authority, social proof, liking, the rule of reciprocation, commitment and consistency).

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

hapiness advantage

Based on the largest study ever conducted on happiness and human potential, Shawn Achor, lecturer at Harvard, shares the seven basic principles of positive psychology that each of us can use to improve our performance. He shows how happiness is the engine of success and performance, and not the other way and gives practical advice on how to become happier and more successful.

The 20 second rule can make you a much better person. In fact, there are a lot of simple little things that can make you much happier.

Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World, by Sam Sommers

sitautions mattter

This book is a real eye-opener filled with research findings and countless examples and social psychology experiments that show how the situational context in which people find themselves shape their behaviour. In this book, the author gives several concrete suggestions that open readers’ mind to the peripheral context of situations and thus, preventing them to fall within the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) routine.

59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute by Richard Wiseman

59 seconds

In this original and humorous book, psychologist Richard Wiseman challenges us to really change our life vs. just thinking of changing it. Based on several and surprising psychological truths, the book teaches us to overcome our fears and our limiting beliefs through simple, original and effective exercises. The book analyses key research for 10 actions you can  take right now to change for the better. Each action has a lengthy description of the research and a “59 second” section summarizing it. Gradually, we become aware that we can really do it!

Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer

power why some have it and others not

In this book, Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behaviour at Stanford University, posits that intelligence, performance, and likability alone are not the key to moving up in an organization.

This book provides frank, realistic insights on how to thrive in an ever-more competitive workplace and case studies featuring the careers of the greatest leaders.

And if the power does not necessarily lead to happiness, having it, it will ultimately put you in a better place.

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, Danielle LaPorte

the desire map

“The Desire Map” is a holistic planning tool whose aim is to guide on the way we go after your goals by helping us to create a life and a career around what we really want deep down inside of us. This book will become your soul compass for all aspects of your life.

The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin

the longevity project

In this book on longevity, health researchers Friedman and Martin, offer surprising lessons about living a long and healthy life. The book also explains why and how different people find the right balance in different ways, depending on their personalities and social situations.

You will also learn that the best predictor of longevity lies in “living conscientiously” and bringing forethought, planning, and perseverance to our professional and personal life.

How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

how to lie with statistics

On a tolerant and amused tone and through several examples, the author explains how the world of averages, correlations, graphs, and trends… in short, the statistics, can be used to exaggerate trends and therefore to give a distorted view of the reality (by inflating, confusing, and oversimplifying data,).

Huff tries to break the terror of numbers and “the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind” by teaching us to allow ourselves some degree of skepticism and use it every day.

Although this volume was first published in 1954, the book remains relevant and the cautions are timeless. 

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins

the magic of reality

Loaded with experiences, facts and breathtaking, intelligent answers, this book is a wonderful introduction to science and the magic reality that surrounds us by explaining a wide range of natural phenomena.

There will be several times where you’ll found yourself exclaiming “Oh! So this is the age of the Universe!” or “So this is what causes tsunamis” or “That’s how the stars came to be…”

Questions such as ” Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? ” will be clarified and exciting scientific truths behind these phenomena and wonders of nature will be revealed to you.

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