WELL Summit Preview: 10 Wellness Books To Add To Your List
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If you’re anything like me, you have a pile of “to read” books under your night stand beside your bed, stacked in a colorful pyramid on your office floor and taking up vital floor space in your closet. I can’t help it—there’s always another book I MUST HAVE.
Wellness books make up at least 50 percent of my stacks, because there are so many topics to be interested in, from meal planning and cookbooks to self-help and personal empowerment. And it’s part of the reason I’m so excited about the lineup of books we’ll be showcasing with Penguin Random House at WELL Summit on October 18 and 19 in Brooklyn. Here are 10 of my favorites.
1. This Is Your Brain on Birth Control, by Sarah E. Hill, PhD.
An eye-opening book that reveals crucial information every woman taking hormonal birth control should know.
2. How to Make a Plant Love You, by Summer Rayne Oakes
Summer Rayne Oakes, an urban houseplant expert and environmental scientist, is the icon of wellness-minded millennials who want to bring nature indoors, according to a New York Times profile. Summer has managed to grow 1,000 houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment (and they’re thriving!). Her secret? She approaches her relationships with plants as intentionally as if they were people.
3. The Inflammation Spectrum, by Dr. Will Cole
From the international bestselling author of Ketotarian comes a revolutionary new plan to discover the foods your unique body loves, hates and needs to feel great. I got to speak with Dr. Will Cole about why inflammation could be the cause of everything from our exhaustion and anxiety to diabetes and autoimmune diseases. The biggest takeaway? What food works for you, isn’t the food that works for everyone—there is no one-size-fits-all meal plan.
4. The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils, by Lisa Butterworth
An clear-cut guide to understanding the curative power of plant essences, using essential oils safely, and concocting your own therapeutic blends.
5. Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport
Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world—and it’s recommended by Jessica Murnane, one of our WELL Summit speakers.
6. Everything is Figureoutable, by Marie Forleo
There’s a reason this was an instant NY Time Bestseller. From the host of the award-winning MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast, it’s an indispensable handbook for becoming the creative force of your own life.
7. I Really Needed This Today, by Hoda Kotb
From New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-host Hoda Kotb comes an inspiring collection of quotes—drawn from her own personal favorites featured on her enormously popular Instagram account—that offer wisdom, courage and hope.
8. I’ve Been Thinking…, by Maria Shriver
A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life.
9. More Than Enough, by Elaine Welteroth
In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own—on your own terms.
10. Brave, Not Perfect, by Reshma Saujani
In a book inspired by her popular TED talk, New York Times bestselling author Reshma Saujani empowers women to embrace imperfection and bravery.
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