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In this roundup, we’ve put together a list of some of the best books out there on how to develop mindful habits. By developing mindful habits, we can live up to our full potential, gain success, and live more peaceful and happy lives. Mindful habits help us take control of our lives and be the person we want to be. From the wisdom of rocket scientists to the wise words of monks to an artist’s advice on developing a creative habit, the books below feature strategies from an array of perspectives and will have something for everyone.
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty was a committed monk who spent up to 8 hours a day meditating. Devoted to helping others find peace and happiness, he left his life as a monk to become a coach on well-being, purpose and mindfulness and he quickly became a social media sensation and successful podcast host. In his book, Shetty shares wisdom learned from his time as a monk that will help you learn how to overcome negative thoughts and habits. Shetty provides easy exercises we can all do to find the calmness within us, live our lives more intentionally, and create healthy habits that will allow to unlock our full potentials.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
There’s a lot of expert advice out there about how to create better habits and it’s hard to know where to start. In Better than Before, Gretchen Rubin argues that before we can build new habits, we have to know ourselves and what method of new-habit formation will work for us. Rubin takes readers through different approaches to habit changing. She also provides readers with a framework to better understand themselves and the way they form habits so that they can leverage this to successful create new ones.
The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
The key to greatness starts at the beginning of the day, argues author Robin Sharma in his book The 5 AM Club. In this book, Sharma shows how just starting your day one hour earlier helps with developing mindful habits. He also explains how doing so will help you reduce stress, be more focused, exercise more creativity, and be more productive.
Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient by Valorie Burton
In her book, Valorie Burton explains how learning to think differently is the key to leading an empowered and successful life. She shows readers how to create new thought processes and develop better habits that will allow them to lead more productive and satisfying lives.
Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol
Rocket scientists turn the impossible, into the possible. In his book, former rocket scientist Ozan Varol intends to show readers how to do just that through the power of good thinking habits. Varol explains nine simple strategies readers can employ to lead more intentional lives. These are the same thought processes and strategies that scientists use to make the unsolvable solvable and to imagine the unimaginable. By utilizing these strategies, we can confront unfamiliar and challenging situations with ease and even use them to lift us to new levels of success.
The Creative Habit: Learn In and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
Living our lives more creatively is all about intentionally making creativity a habit. By being more mindful of opportunities to add creativity into your life, we can leverage our creativity more efficiently to help us solve daily problems and to perform better, whether in the workplace or as artists. Packed with mindfulness habits you can cultivate to bring more creativity in your life, this book will also change the way you live.
Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
Clutter and mess at work slowly drains the joy out of what we do. Not just a messy workplace environment, but also, unnecessary emails, time-wasting meetings, and unnecessary tasks make the workplace cluttered. In Joy at Work, Kondo and Sonenshein show readers how to de-clutter their workspace to not just work more efficiently, but allow more space for joy.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
When people have trouble changing their habits, the problem often isn’t the person, but the system they’re using to try to change. In Atomic Habits, James Clear shows readers how adjusting small behaviors can lead to big change. By developing and changing small habits, people can change their lives easily and profoundly. Even better, Clear says that when readers use this method, bad habits will soon become impossible.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Known as one of the best books out there helping readers develop more mindful habits, Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset takes readers through the cutting-edge science and psychology behind our habits and though processes. By doing so, she identifies the difference between the thinking of people who are successful and people who are not. People who are successful often have a growth mindset: they believe abilities can be developed. They believe they can change. In her book, Dweck teaches readers how to change their mindset to live more successful and intention lives.
The Marshmallow Test: Why Self-Control Is the Engine of Success by Walter Mischel
Designer of the famous Marshmallow Test experiment, Walter Mischel takes readers through his theory on how mindfulness practice and self-control can improve success and happiness. He explains how self-control can be mastered and shows how self-control can be applied to every day circumstances and problems. This is a book that will change the way you think about yourself and others.