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  Need to Read

Interested in well-written, well-researched information about health, healing and wellness?  

Here are books to get you started.


Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your  Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels,  Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD

A look at our brain as a tool for survival as a mammal, discusses how the quartet of chemicals make us happy and why they come and go.  

Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan

Describes easy and fun ways to meditate.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,  Richard Thayler and Cass Sunsein

How changing the environment makes change easier

The Alchemy of Love and Lust, Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D.
Look out, your hormones are playing tricks on you-see what they are

The Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal, Robert E. Thayer

Not only does he explain that brief exercise improves mood, he also has a chart you can fill in to see when during the day you are most energetic and alert.

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee

How beliefs based on past experience influence how you understand the world.

The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
Recommend to anyone who has to overcome a limitation or make a change.

The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity - And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, Daniel Z. Lieberman MD, Michael E. Long, et al.

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

About how by using habits, you bypass willpower, which decreases as you use it. He discusses how to replace a bad habit.

The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy-and What We Can Do to Get Happier, Stefan Klein, PhD 

how the brain works to make you happy and how you can guide it to do so.

The Serotonin Power Diet Judith J. Wurtman, PhD and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD

Great information on how serotonin is made by the brain and how to make sure you are eating so that happens. Not just for people on a diet.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, John J. Ratey, M.D., and Eric Hagerman

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How, Daniel Coyle

Describes what it takes to become excellent, and how he learned about it.

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to get Good at it, Kelly McGonigal

Makes a case for going after certain kinds of stress, and how stress and meaningful life are linked.

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, Alex Korb  

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works and What You Can Do to Get More of It,   by Kelly McGonegal, PhD

The Wisdom of Psychopaths - What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, Kevin Dutton 

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