Enrich your Life and Change Your Thinking: 6 Must Read Books

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”  Abraham Lincoln

In the spirit of this wonderful advice, I’d like to round out 2011 by bringing you a selection of the books that have altered my thinking and enriched my life.

If Not Dieting, Then What?If Not Dieting, Then What?  by Dr Rick Kausman

This book totally changed my thinking about dieting and weight management.  Dr Rick’s approach cuts through the confusion around diets and the never-ending pattern of yo-yo dieting.  You’ll discover how to enjoy food without feeling guilty, how to achieve and maintain a comfortable weight without depriving yourself,  improve how you feel about yourself and so much more.


Women Food and GodWomen Food and God by Geneen Roth

I found this book a really enjoyable easy read yet full of profound insights about our relationship with food.  Geneen uses stories from her own life and those of the women who have attended her retreats to shine a light on how our relationship with food can be an expression of our deepest beliefs.


Change AnythingChange Anything:  The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny , David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

I loved this book.  It is a bible for all of those who mistakenly believe that the reason they can’t make changes in their lives is because they don’t have enough willpower.  It gives great examples to illustrate how to make changes in areas of our lives such as our relationships, careers, finances and health.  The authors teach that personal change is more about learning principles and skills that can be applied in one area of our lives and then transferred to other areas once that change is bedded down.  They claim that those who apply the principles and tactics outlined are more than 1000 per cent more successful at producing change.


Spark - How exercise will improve the performance of your brainSpark!  How Exercise will improve the performance of your brain by John Ratey and Eric Hagerman

I used to believe that exercise was ‘good for me’ but didn’t really understand why, thinking that it was mainly useful as a tool to lose weight.  This book reveals how exercise boosts brain cells, protects against mental illness and dementia and improves our brain’s ability to learn and remember.


The Happiness TrapThe Happiness Trap:  How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris.

Written by Russ Harris, a physician based in Australia, this book is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and outlines techniques to “reduce stress, overcome fear and create a rich and meaningful life”.  A very practical read, it has great examples to show how the techniques can be used in our day to day lives.


Meditation - An Indepth GuideMeditation – An In Depth Guide by Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson

This book is a thorough introduction to mindfulness-based stillness meditation.  Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson have a wealth of experience having introduced meditation to well over 100,000 people.  This is a great resource, whether you are a beginning or more experienced meditator.

I’d love to hear about the books that have changed your  life.  Let me know in the comments below or on the Facebook page so everyone can benefit!


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