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Change your life with a book today.

Today, September 6, is National Read a Book Day. And yes, you should care. Ideas contained in books have the power to change the world, and to change your mind and your life.

Here are a few of our favorite wellness and lifestyle books to inspire you to join in on this holiday and read—plus a few books coming soon that you’ll want to put on your to-read list.

Who knows, one of these books could just change your life.

Read this if you want to quit your job

Your career can and should be more than just a way to make money. It is a chance to deepen your connection to your work—but this requires more imagination. “Crossing the Unknown Sea” is about reuniting the imagination with the willingness to walk away from mediocrity, business and burnout. Whyte combines his unique gift for poetry, storytelling and personal narrative to reveal a pathway for work to provide us with fulfillment and a chance for daily freedom and happiness.

Read this if you’ve forgotten what love feels like

“You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world.”

Real love is a personal experience that enables you to connect more with yourself, your partner, your family, your colleagues, your friends and with the world. Today, more than ever before, we witness and reap the consequences of individuals suffering from self-hate, low self-esteem, isolation and anger.

As a leading authority in mediation and mindfulness, Salzberg teaches us about “the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection.” As we expand our definition of what love is and what it is not, we reconnect to ourselves and give our hearts a well needed “tune-up.” Reset your love thermostat with creative mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you get present with those around you—including yourself.

Read this if you want a better future for our world

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, director of engineering at Google says that “If you read one business book in the twenty-first century, ‘Bold’ should be the one.”

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler believe that the culmination of exponential technologies and the rising number of humans in the world give motivated and committed individuals equal ability and opportunity to solve many of the world’s most challenging problems, with the potential to meet the needs of every man, woman and child in our lifetime.

“Bold” takes the ideas of exponential change and “learn by doing” and applies them as a vehicle to change the world and overcome the age old afflictions of human civilization. Bill Clinton called the book “a visionary road map for people who believe they can change the world, and invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to help them do it.”

Read this if you are hungry (or think you are)

Robb Wolf’s book delves into the surprising truth that “we are genetically wired to eat more and move less, the exact opposite of the advice we are often given.” How do we disrupt this internal drive? Not by popular, traditional advice. It is critical to customize an approach to eating that works with your body as it is today.

Wolf is a researcher, biochemist, health expert and best-selling author of “The Paleo Solution,” and understands how to communicate in a way that is relevant, inspirational and understandable. This book is a passionate plan to help you reset and restore your blood sugar levels, repair your appetite and reverse insulin resistance. Along the way, you will stop guessing, know the optimal foods to eat for your metabolism and rewire your appetite to fuel your body to live the live you want to live.

COMING SOON

Read this if you are lonely

Rethink what it means to be a human among humans, especially in an age of increased polarization. Through storytelling, research and honest conversation, Brown dives into the cultural conversation of the moment in an effort to guide us away from looking outside of ourselves for truth and instead bravely inwards, where certainty really lives. She shares the path forward through daily practices that demand integrity, authenticity and a “personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.”

Read this if you want to make more of your life…starting tomorrow

Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop a skill faster or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, you need better habits to make the shift. Brendon Burchard has often said that “only two things change your life: either something new comes into your life, or something new comes out of you.” He also teaches that “what’s achievable is not always important.”

How do you refocus your day and your energy to move you forward? Through story, science and real world practices, Brendon Burchard teaches the six extensively researched habits that will lead to an extraordinary life.

Read this if you want to remember that humans are capable of incredible things

With all of the violence, corruption and heated conversation happening in the world, it is easy to question mankind’s ability to create a different outcome. We are so immersed in the problem that we don’t see the solution. Dr. Joe Dispenza, however, challenges this common viewpoint and reminds us of our supernatural capacity. With a blend of science, ancient wisdom and a call to the mystics, he shows that we can experience life at a different level, and that when we express our creative abilities instead of our fears, we are able to tune in to frequencies beyond our material world. In doing so, we can tune in to the level of consciousness that creates real and valuable solutions.

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Lashaun Dale
Lashaun Dale loves yoga and fitness and finds magic in movement, music and mobs of people. She holds degrees in International Relations, Philosophy and Applied Anthropology, as well as an MPH from the School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. With two decades of group fitness programming experience, Dale currently serves as vice president of content & programming for 24 Hour Fitness and editor-in-chief of 24Life magazine. A regular contributor to SELF and Women’s Health and Fitness, as well as popular blogs and podcasts, she’ll teach yoga anytime she is given an opportunity to get her om on.