March 1, 2023

Spring 2023: What We’re Reading About Purpose

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear

Why we like this book: James Clear offers concrete steps we all can take to change our habits for more purposeful living. If you have trouble making changes in your life and have goals you want to achieve, this book provides a framework for how to get results. The trick is to think in baby steps.

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Why we like this book: Menakem describes how pain and trauma are embodied. The body holds our deepest wounds, and this book offers a healing process for recovery from the harms of racism, and a process for purposeful change.

Thrive: 10 Commandments for 20-Somethings to Live the Best Life Possible by Jeffrey J. Froh

Why we like this book: Froh’s book is packed with straight forward steps for living a purposeful life. If you are a 20-something person or have one in your life, read this book. While the advice is for young adults, the 10 Commandments apply broadly to help everyone find a more joyful approach to life.

How to Navigate Life by Belle Liang, Ph.D. and Timothy Klein, LCSW

Why we like this book: The authors explain the importance of “purpose mindset”, rather than a performance or passion mindset, and they offer solid steps toward discovering purpose. This book is an excellent resource for anyone working with young people, or anyone who is interested in self-discovery and contributing toward a better world.

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David, Ph.D.

Why we like this book: Dr. David tells her compelling story of how suppressing her emotions led to a childhood eating disorder. She explains how our emotions serve as sign-posts to what matters to us, and that there are no bad emotions. Our emotions can help us discover meaning and purpose in our lives.

Jilleen Westbrook Senior Director

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