Recommended Reading & Media

I find these books and podcasts useful – they provide a lot of information and help you reflect on and make change in various aspects of your life.


Books

Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar

I recommend this book for people who are exhausted by the never-ending “rat race” of life (especially around work and career) and are seeking more meaning in life. There are exercises and reflection questions throughout the book to help the reader apply the concepts to their own life.


Business Model You by Tim Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, & Yves Pigneur (2012)

Tim Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, & Yves Pigneur (2012)

This book provides a useful framework for those who want to explore their career options – it helps the reader identify values, interests, and skills and translate them into creative career options. The layout of the book is easy to read with plentiful graphics and real-life examples of career shifts.


Self-Compassion by Kristen Neff

One of the biggest challenges people face in their path to wellness is a tendency to be too hard on themselves. Dr. Neff includes reflection questions and exercises for the reader to apply to themselves throughout the book.


Brene Brown’s book - Daring Greatly

Brené Brown’s translation of her research on shame and vulnerability into everyday language is powerful and relatable. Essentially she is talking about how to live authentically and from a place of uncertainty (which is part of being human). Her 2019 Netflix special is entertaining but doesn’t explain the concepts as well as her Daring Greatly and Living with a Whole Heart podcast conversations with Oprah on SuperSoul Conversations.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Now a Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, this book is still worth a read since it outlines the concepts in more detail than the show format allows. While the focus is on organizing the material aspects of one’s home, Marie Kondo’s approach and philosophy of joy and meaning can be applied throughout one’s life.


This book is conceptual and easily applied to one’s life. Pema Chodron’s thoughts on acceptance and mindfulness are well-aligned with current cognitive-behavioral therapy’s embrace of mindfulness, but with more heart.


Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook (Davis, Eshelman, & McKay, 2019)

Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, & Matthew McKay (7th ed., 2019)

For people who like hands-on exercises, this book includes basic cognitive-behavioral techniques to manage stress and anxiety as well as an array of relaxation and mindfulness exercises. I suggest incorporating relaxation exercises on a regular basis proactively, rather than only in response to stress.


Similar to the relaxation workbook above, this anxiety workbook is good for people who like hands-on exercises and want to work through anxiety and panic attacks.


Blogs (external links)

The Psychology of Radical Healing Collective – discusses the psychology of healing from racial and ethnic trauma


Podcasts (external links)

Swoon – advice about sex and relationships from a couple of sex therapists/relationship coaches

Episode #29: U Can’t Touch This: Healthy Boundaries

Episode #24: Thank you, next: How not to get into the same bad pattern again and again

Therapy for Black Girls – licensed psychologist, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, discusses mental health and personal development

Session 118: Making Friends as an Adult


Videos (external links)

The Psych Show – Dr. Ali Mattu, licensed psychologist – educational videos on mental health and psychology