Barbs Recommend Reading List

What one thing will sustain life more than any other? Simply connection.

Neuroscience teaches us that even having only one significant relationship sustains life. Below are some great resources of books and websites from today’s thought leaders that have influenced my life and coaching practice.

The Mayo Guide to Stress-Free Living

Dr. Amit Sood, MD Msc


Dr.Sood’s applies neuroscience research to daily living principles and skills in order to create a more compassionate world for you. He is fulfilling his mission to create more kindness and compassion in people so that our brains can evolve to be more calm and focused on the most meaningful parts of our lives.

Dr. Siegel simplifies the complexities of integrating many sciences into the science of interpersonal neurobiology. He gives us hope and inspiration to change our brains and improve our relationships to create health and wellbeing. He also has many more books that our worth reading with his latest being Brainstorm about adolescent brain development.

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Dr. McGonigal explains the neuroscience of changing our behavior and how it impacts our motivation. She encourages us to start with self-awareness, be aware of the influence of others. Encourages us to practice, practice, practice; especially things like self-compassion, self-forgiveness, and self-acceptance. Informs us that we are trainable and gives us direction on how to how to move beyond some of the common pitfalls to changing our behavior. She instructs at Stanford University.

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson first dared to research the scientific benefits of experiencing positive emotions and then took it another step further to look at the science of love. She is a scientist of significant rigor that has taught us about the vagus nerve and how all the bodily systems are impacted by our emotions. Encouraging us to love one another for the wellbeing of our communities and ourselves.

Deepak Chopra, MD

Deepak Chopra has taught us how to meditate and improve our wellbeing. His life lessons are revealed through his guided meditations that can be purchased through the meditation link above.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Dalai Lama , Desmond Tutu , Douglas Carlton Abrams

 Mindfulness Redesigned For the Twenty-first Century

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

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