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How to Worry Less and Live More, According to 4 New Books

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“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life,” Mark Twain once said, “most of which never happened.” Indeed, our tendency to worry can sometimes take on a life of its own, adding undue stress and anxiety to what would otherwise be peaceful, joyful moments. But with a little help from the four exceptional reads below, you’ll be ready to start worrying less—and living more than ever before.

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Reasons Not to Worry: How to Be Stoic in Chaotic Times

By Brigid Delaney

In this heartfelt and soul-searching work, brimming with warmth, humor, and insight, a beloved Guardian columnist spends a year exploring how to pursue a rich and meaningful life, turning to the wisdom of the Stoics for insights into the deepest questions of existence. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Brigid Delaney, in the Next Big Idea App

Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well

By Amy Edmondson

A revolutionary guide that will transform your relationship with failure, from a pioneering researcher of psychological safety and award-winning Harvard Business School professor. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Amy Edmondson, in the Next Big Idea App

The First Rule of Mastery: Stop Worrying About What People Think of You

By Michael Gervais, with Kevin Lake

Filled with fascinating stories from the worlds of sports and business, leading-edge science, and insights from the frontier of human performance, The First Rule of Mastery is a much-needed wake-up call that when we give more value to other people’s opinions than we do our own, we live life on their terms, not ours. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Michael Gervais, in the Next Big Idea App

This Exquisite Loneliness: What Loners, Outcasts, and the Misunderstood Can Teach Us About Creativity

By Richard Deming

Yale’s Director of Creative Writing turns an eye toward loneliness, both in his own experiences and the lives of six groundbreaking figures, exploring how to navigate it and what unique achievements loneliness has made possible. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Richard Deming, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?

With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.

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