7 Books to Help You Get More out of Life

published Apr 17, 2023
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“Sometimes, I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to.” This quote from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator rings true for many. When did days become so full of obligations? How can we bring joy, wonder, and fun back into our lives?

With the right guides, you can get more out of life than ever before. Check out the seven remarkable books below to find out for yourself.

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Discover the latest compelling scientific evidence for the potent and revitalizing value of fun, and how to make having fun a habitual and authentic part of your daily life.

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Blending personal stories, philosophy, and psychology, this insightful and entertaining book offers invaluable advice about living well by understanding your values and resolving the conflicts that frustrate their fulfillment.

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The Power of Wonder takes readers on a multidisciplinary journey through psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, literature, and business to explore the mechanics of wonder and guide readers toward bringing more of it into their lives.

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Intrinsic motivation ― doing a thing for its inherent satisfaction rather than external rewards ― is the key to success and satisfaction in any endeavor. A legendary performance coach shares his simple, proven, and fun methods for cultivating and keeping it.

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Which of the five types of perfectionist are you: classic, intense, Parisian, messy, or procrastinator? As you identify your unique perfectionist profile, you’ll learn how to manage each form of perfectionism to work for you, not against you.

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The A.W.E. Method ensures that awe and its many benefits are accessible to you at any time, in any place — sitting at a stoplight, cooking a meal, petting an animal, or listening to a loved one’s laugh.

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A New York Times bestselling author and human performance expert tests his knowledge and theories on his own aging body in a quest to become an expert skier at age 53.

This article originally appeared in Next Big Idea Club magazine and is reprinted with permission.