6 Books for a happier, more productive life

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As a happiness and productivity enthusiast, I find myself recommending the same books over and over again.

What better way to share than to compile a comprehensive list?

Here goes. I've read all of these books at least once and have changed for the better because of them. I hope they help you, too.

Please share your favorite positive/productive books in the comments below!

6 books for a happier and more productive life

Be Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz

Previously The Way We're Working Isn't Working, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live is a must-read.

Funnily enough, this book was my first real foray into becoming addicted to reading about how to boost productivity. Admittedly it's been a few years since I've read it and I could stand to read it again, but what stuck with me most is Tony Schwawrtz's 90 minute sprint camp; by making it a habit to work without distraction for 90 minutes and then take an actual work break for a few minutes, we can accomplish more and work smarter, not longer.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen is not an unhappy person, but she recognizes there are many areas in her life where her happiness and general enjoyment can improve. In sharing her personal yearlong journey in The Happiness Project, Gretchen reminds us to focus on what's important to us, how to be yourself, and how mundane routines can be changed if you put your mind to it.

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

I've already touched on Danielle Laporte's The Desire Map, but going through the journey yourself is an entirely different story. By focusing on feeling the way we want to feel instead of focusing on more concrete goals, we can achieve a higher level of happiness and fulfillment. It may sound mushy but it's an important mindset to try on. Oftentimes we as a society can be too intent on achieving a certain lifestyle that we lose sight of what's really important to us.

The Happiness Hypothesis

This is the most science-y book of the group. It explores the multitude of happiness theories from different schools of psychology, from behavior to cognitive psych among others. The Happiness Hypothesis will resonate with anyone who geeks out on psychology and happiness.

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

I know this is the oddball of the group, but if you've ever struggled with your weight then there's a good chance thoughts of food pervaded your headspace and prevented you from being happy and/or productive. Learning to be mindful with food and not have an angsty relationship with it isn't something that comes easy, but with a read (or three) of Geneen's (non religious) book, Women Food and God, you can set yourself on a healthier path.

Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly

Evernote isn't for everyone. But if you like to keep things digitally organized and constantly backed up, I recommend you hop on the Evernote train and let Brett Kelly teach you how to use it to its full potential in his guide Evernote Essentials.

What are some of your favorite happiness and productivity books?

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