“Everything we are is the result of what we have thought.” If you had to guess that this quote is from a religious leader or a scientist, which would you choose? If you chose the first, you would be right, it was the Buddha.
But if you choose the scientist, you’re on to something important. Because it turns out that the words of the Buddha are not entirely metaphorical; science is increasingly showing that our minds have the power to change our lives in myriad surprising ways. To learn more about the wonders of the human mind, start with the five great reads below.
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The Power of Pleasure: How to Feel Alive Again
By Catherine Price
If you’re not having fun, you’re not living fully. The author of How to break up with your phone argues that, far from being frivolous, pleasure is actually essential to our well-being and shows us how to get more of it. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Catherine Price, in the Next Big Idea app
The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World
By David Robson
Blending neuroscience and storytelling, a science journalist takes readers on a deep dive into the many areas of life that the “expectation effect” permeates, like how associating aging with wisdom can add more than seven years to your life . Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author David Robson, in the Next Big Idea app
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol Dweck
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost any area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and our abilities. Listen to our professionally read Book Bite summary in the Next Big Idea app
The Science of Blocking: Breaking Inertia to Find the Way Forward
By Britt Frank
Bringing together research-based solutions and empowering personal stories, this book is a practical roadmap for moving forward with purpose, confidence, and the freedom to become who you are truly meant to be. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by author Britt Frank, in the Next Big Idea app
Emotional: How Feelings Shape How We Think
By Leonard Mlodinow
We’ve all been told that rational thinking is the key to success. But at the forefront of science, researchers discover that feeling is just as important as thought. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Leonard Mlodinow, in the Next Big Idea app
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