As we all stand on the cusp of a new decade, we can’t help but wonder what the future holds. Will we repeat old missteps and replicate unhealthy patterns, or will we learn from the past, seek new wisdom, and change our lives for the better? If you’re looking to make 2020 your best year yet, consider adding these seven sensational books to your shelf.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
World-renowned business thinker and Next Big Idea Club curator Daniel Pink offers a stunning new take on good timing: it’s not an art, but a science. Bringing in research from psychology, chronobiology, and more, Pink contends that a “temporal landmark” like January 1st is the perfect opportunity to start walking a new, exciting path.
Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick
Many of us have a good habit we’d like to form or a bad habit we’d like to break in the new year. Whether you’re hoping to eat a little healthier or save some money, University of Southern California psychologist Wendy Wood pulls back the curtain on how habits really work, and how we can align our behavior with our values.
Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery
For those of us aiming to hit the gym more often in 2020, award-winning science journalist Christie Aschwanden has written an indispensable guide to taking care of your body. She brushes away the hype surrounding sports drinks, supplements, and even Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas to present the surprising science behind what our bodies really need.
The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness
If you’re feeling a bit directionless moving into 2020, it may be time to reevaluate where you find meaning and purpose. In The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith draws on neuroscience, literature, and everywhere in between to illuminate what makes life meaningful—and why we shouldn’t waste our time chasing happiness.
Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think
We’ve all heard the adage, “New year, new you”—but who are “you,” exactly? Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich can help you find out, as she presents groundbreaking research on self-awareness and explains why we so often fail to see ourselves clearly.
Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir
When we look back on the last year or the last decade, many of us see people that we’ve loved and lost. In his masterful memoir Once More We Saw Stars, Jayson Greene describes the anguish of losing his young daughter, offering deeply moving reflections on what it’s like to process grief and rediscover a life of meaning.
Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
Have big plans for 2020 and beyond? Whether you’re thinking of moving, starting a new job, or making another big, life-changing decision, Steven Johnson’s Farsighted focuses on specific decision-making strategies you can use to make the right call at life’s most pivotal moments.