Corporate wellness insights

Our Favorite Books on Wellness (Part 1)

Posted by Matthew on 03.13.2017

When Sports Illustrated recently named its favorite health and wellness books of 2017, we were inspired to do the same. We came up with 12 favorites—but we didn’t limit ourselves to the current year. Some of our recommendations are enduring classics that have been around for over a decade.

Today, we’ll focus on books that relate to mental health and wellness. Part 2 will cover diet, nutrition, and weight loss. In Part 3, we’ll name our favorite books on implementing and evaluating corporate wellness programs.

WCS Favorites: Mental Health and Wellness

We’ve been writing a lot about mental wellness and mindfulness lately, so this is an appropriate first topic. Many forecasters predict that mental wellness programming will continue to be a hot trend through 2017.

#1. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin


Gretchen Rubin is the author of several bestsellers, including The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. In Better than Before, she uses research, humor, and storytelling to explain how habits are formed—and how they can be changed.

#2. The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier


Michael Bungay Stanier has trained more than 10,000 managers around the world. In The Coaching Habit, he explains how managers can use coaching techniques to help their teams work more effectively.

#3. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

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Nudge discusses why we make the choices we do, and how to successfully encourage people to make better choices. If you enjoyed books like The Tipping Point and Freakonomics, you’ll enjoy Nudge.

#4. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer


Author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explains how to live in the present moment and let go of thoughts that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

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