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Here is a selection of books that Patrea personally recommends.


Positive PsychologyPersonal EffectivenessManaging EmotionsMindfulness / AwarenessCommunications / Relationships
Health, Brain, BodyChange / Managing ChangeSport & Exercise PsychologyAutobiographies / Memoirs that Inspire

Positive Psychology

Authentic HappinessFlourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing
Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Martin E.P. SeligmanMartin E.P. Seligman
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Tal Ben-Shahar

Learned OptimismPositivityThe How of HappinessThe Myths of Happiness
Martin E.P. SeligmanBarbara L FredricksonSonja LyubomirskySonja Lyubomirsky

Personal Effectiveness

Be Your BestDon't Sweat the Small Stuff - and it's all small stuffEmotional IntelligenceFearless LivingFirst things First
Linda AdamsRichard CarlsonDaniel GolemanRhonda BrittenStephen R. Covey, A.R. Merrill & R.R. Merrill

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving InLateral ThinkingThe Confidence GapThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, & Bruce PattonEdward de BonoRuss HarrisStephen R. Covey

Managing Emotions

Breaking the Patterns of DepressionDestructive EmotionsFeel the Fear and Do it AnywayFeeling GoodLetting It Go: Attaining Awareness from Adversity
Michael D. YapkoThe Dalai Lama & Daniel GolemanSusan JeffersDavid D BurnsBev Aisbett

The Happiness TrapThe Pursuit of Perfect
Russ HarrisTal Ben-Shahar

Mindfulness / Awareness

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and IllnessHappiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important SkillKnow ThyselfNew Frontiers in MedicineStrangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
Jon Kabat-ZinnMatthieu RicardCraig HassedCraig HassedTimothy D. Wilson

The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive UsThe Mindful BrainWherever You Go, There You Are
Christopher Chabris & Daniel SimonsDaniel J. SiegelJon Kabat-Zinn

Communications / Relationships

Communicate or DisintegrateDifficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters MostEveryone Can WinFearless LovingStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Des CoroyD.Stone, B.Patton, S.HeenHelena Cornelius & Shoshana FaireRhonda BrittenSimon Sinek

Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage: America's Love Lab Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your RelationshipThe 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that LastsThe Seven Principles for Making Marriage WorkToo Good to Leave Too Bad to StayTricky People
John M. Gottman, Julie S. Gottman, & Joan DeclaireGary D ChapmanJohn M. Gottman & Nan SilverMira KirshenbaumAndrew Fuller
You Paid How Much for That?!
Natalie H. Jenkins, Scott M. Stanley, William C. Bailey, & Howard J. Markham

Health, Brain, Body

Its Never too Late to Change Your MindMy Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal JourneySpark! The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the BrainThe Brain That Changes ItselfWeight Loss for Food Lovers
Michael ValenzuelaJill Bolte TaylorJohn J Ratey & Eric HagemanNorman DoidgeGeorge Blair-West

Change / Managing Change

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in ChangeChanging for GoodFish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve ResultsPositive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary The Tipping Point
David L. Cooperrider & Diana WhitneyJames Prochaska, John Norcross, & Carlo DiClementeStephen C Lundin, Harry Paul, & John ChristensenKim S. CameronMalcolm Gladwell

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your LifeYou Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life
Spencer Johnson & Kenneth BlanchardJeffrey Schwartz & Rebecca Gladding

Sport & Exercise Psychology

Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and PurposeFlow in Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performancesGolf: The Inner GameThe Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
Sir John WhitmoreSusan Jackson & Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiW. Timothy GallweyW. Timothy Gallwey

Autobiographies / Memoirs that Inspire

Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of LifeLong Walk to FreedomLucky ManMan'’s Search for MeaningStill Me
Daniel GottliebNelson MandelaMichael J. FoxViktor E. FranklChristopher Reeve

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual AutobiographyToo Soon Old, Too Late SmartTuesday’s with Morrie
Sidney PoitierGordon LivingstonMitch Albom
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