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First of all, I want to apologize for being MIA in February. I dedicated my time and attention to my family and working on future projects, which requires stepping out of the comfort zone and making good choices with lot of focus on details. I know you’ve missed the ‘What To Read’ post the past two months, so today I want to share what I read in January and February.

While past two months were good months of reading with lot of new inspiring books, here are the five books I would suggest you to read now:

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

We have been taught that if we work hard we will be more successful, and then we’ll be happy. But Shawn Achor draws upon his own research at Harvard University —including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others. He discovers in the field of positive psychology that happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

I personally believe that happiness is a skill you can develop. The author lays out perfectly his “Seven principles” such as: 1. The happiness advantage, 2. The fulcrum and the lever, 3. The tetris effect, 4. Falling up, 5. The Zorro circle, 6. The 20 second rule, 7. Social investment. A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity. A book worth to read!

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is a wonderful story teller who writes profoundly lyrical. The ‘Red at the Bone’ is short in length, but a beautifully written story. The book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s, walking down the stairs in her grandparent’s Brooklyn’s Park Slope, reaching a milestone in this present moment moving toward her future. Woodson’s writes this powerful novel about the role that history and community have played in the relationships, families, a new child, life experiences, and decisions.

When Melody celebrates her birthday in her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone. She is admired by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. Reaching a milestone in this present moment moving toward her future. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody’s mother, for her own ceremony– a celebration that ultimately never took place. This book it is full of emotions and a depth of love that is visible from Melody takes a step into the future at the end of the book.

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

I Am, I Am, I Am is a brilliantly written novel by Maggie O’Farrell, where she shares very personal experiences, memories of times in her life when she was in danger and close to death. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. While she writes about things that happened to her, some of these are things that others can relate as well. O’Farrell shares vulnerability that we can recognize in ourselves as she reveals so much of her feelings and thought processes.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn explores the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and demonstrates how it can be applied to anyone’s daily life. This overview offers details on introductory and advanced techniques in mindfulness meditation; how to fully enjoy the present moment without worrying abot the past or the future. It’s a great book for those interested in learning about and pursuing mindfulness.

Lifespan by David A. Sinclair, PhD

Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.” He argues that we can not only achieve longevity but also improve our vitality, creating longer and healthier lives worth living. Sinclair tells this story by presenting the research, much of it conducted by his own lab, as well as a new, optimistic vision for the future of humanity. This book is for everyone who wants to understand the hallmark of aging.

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