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Selected reading and resources that helped shaped our approach to life and our offerings.

PURPOSE Your calling. What you were meant to do. Finding your path.

Frankl, Victor E. Man's Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014

Christensen, Clayton, M., James Allworth, and Karen Dillon. How Will You Measure Your Life? New York: Harper Collins, 2012. 

Kushner, Harold S. Living a Life that Matters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001

Tolle, Eckhart, A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. New York: Penguin Group, 2005​

Duckworth, Angela, Grit. New York: Scribner, 2016

Pink, Daniel. Drive. New York: Penguin, 2009


Seligman, Martin, E. P. Flourish. New York: Atria Paperback, 2011. Chapter 1, pages 143-149, 173-176


Goins, Jeff. The Art of Work. Nashville. Nelson Books, 2015

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Fireside, 1989

Klein, Mark E. The Currency of Life. Potomac: Greenbriar Publishing, 2010

Ware, Bonnie. "Regrets of the Dying"

Chopra, Deepak. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. San RafaleAmber-Allen Publishing, 1994

Singer, Michael A., The Surrender Experiment. New York: Harmony Books, 2015

PRESENCE Full engagement in the current moment, acting in full awareness and consciousness, living in the NOW

Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now. Vancouver: Namaste Publishing, 1999​

Spira, Rupert, You Are the Happiness You Seek. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2022

Singer, Michael A., Living Untethered. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2022

Hanson, Rick, Buddha's Brain. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2009

Russel, Peter, from Science to God. Novato: New World Library, 2002

Suzuki, Shunryu, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Boulder: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2020

Mitchell, Stephen, Tao Te Ching. New York: Harper and Row, 1988

Wright, Robert, Why Buddhism is True. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017

Parent, Joseph, Zen Golf. Ney York: Doubleday, 2002


Pollan, Michael, How to Change Your Mind. New York: Penguin Press, 2018

Miller, Lisa, The Awakened Brain. New York: Random House, 2021

Holiday, Ryan, The Obstacle is the Way. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2014


Maharaj, Sri Nisargadatta. I Am That. Durham: Acorn Press, 1973

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Flow. New York: Harper & Row, 2008

Singer, Michael A., The Untethered Soul. Oakland: New Harbinger & Noetic Books, 2007

Mumford, George, The Mindful Athlete. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2016

Harris, Sam, Waking Up. New York: Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 2014

Capra, Fritjof, The Tao of Physics. Boulder: Shambhala Publications, Inc. 2010

Ruiz, Miguel, The Four Agreements. San Rafael: Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997

Mitchell, Stephen, Bhagavad Gita. New York: Harmony Books, 2000

Edelstein, Amy, Adventure in Zanskar. Philadelphia: Emergence Education Press, 2021

RELATIONSHIPS Their strength is a key determinant of health and happiness

Dunbar, Robin. How Many Friends Does One Person Need?. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010


Dunbar, R.I.M. “The Anatomy of Friendship.” Trends in Cognitive Sciences, January 2018, Vol. 22, No 1.

Konnikova, Maria. “The Limits of Friendship.” The New Yorker, 17 Oct 2014

Dunbar, Robin, TEDxObserver, “Can the Internet Buy You More Friends?

Study Reveals Number of Hours It Takes to Make a Friend.” 29 Mar 2018.

Murthy, Vivek H, M.D. Together. New York: Harper Collins, 2020

Christakis, Nicholas A., and James H. Fowler. Connected. New York: Little Brown and Company, 2009. Preface, Chapters 1,2,3,7,8,9

Chapman, Gary. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2015 

Covey, Stephen M.R., The Speed of Trust. New York: Free Press, 2006

Junger, Sebastian. Tribe. New York: Hatchette Book Group, 2016

Twenge, Jean M. “The Sad State of Happiness in the United States and the Role of Digital Media.” World Happiness Report. 20 March 2019

Chopra, Deepak. The Ultimate Happiness Prescription. New York: Harmony Books, 2009

Horwitz, Jeff, and Deepa Seetharaman, "Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive", The Wall Street Journal, 26 May 2020.

Brodkin, Edward and Pallathra, Ashley. Missing Each Other. New York: Public Affairs, 2021


RESILIENCE – Strength and agility of mind, body, and spirit, enabling sustained performance, health, and the ability to bounce back.

Panda, Satchin. The Circadian Code. New York: Rodale Books, 2018

Mineo, Liz. “Good Genes Are Nice, But Joy Is Better.” The Harvard Gazette, 11 Apr 2017

Markovits, Daniel. "How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition.", The Atlantic, September 2019

Blackburn, Elizabeth, and Elissa Epel, The Telomere Effect. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2017

Fogg, BJ., Tiny Habits. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020

Dweck, Carol S. PhD.
Mindset. New York: Ballantine Books, 2016

McKeown, Greg. Essentialism. New York: Crown Business, 2014

Rath, Tom and Harter, Jim. Well Being. New York: Gallup Press, 2010

Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim. Rest. New York: Basic Books, 2016

Ketabi, Sahara Rose. Ayurveda. Indianapolis, 2017

Loehr, Jim, and Schwartz, Tony. The Power of Full Engagement. New York: Free Press, 2003

McGonigal, Kelly. The Joy of MovementNew York: Avery 2019

Loehr, James, E. Toughness Training for Life. New York: Penguin, 1993

Michaels, Matthew. Bigger, Leaner, Stronger. Waterbury Publications. 2022

Crowley, Chris, and Lodge, Harry. Younger Next Year, New York, Workman 2007

LEADERSHIP  Inspiring your team to commit to a shared purpose, act in alignment with shared values, serve each other, and deliver outcomes that benefit your organization, your partners, and the greater community.

Mackey, John, Conscious Leadership. New York: Portfolio, 2020

McChrystal, Stanley, Team of Teams. New York: Portfolio, 2015

Palmer, Russell, Ultimate Leadership. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2008

Hougaard, Rasmus and Carter, Jacqueline. Compassionate Leadership. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2022

Lencioni, Patrick, The Advantage. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012

Collins, Jim, Good to Great. New York: Harper Collins, 2001

Dalio, Ray, Principles. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017

Huntsman, Jon, Winners Never Cheat. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2005

Doerr, John, Measure What Matters. New York: Penguin, 2018

Wooden, John, They Call Me Coach. Lincolnwood: Contemporary Books, 1988

Jackson, Phil, Sacred Hoops. New York: Hyperion, 1995

Duke, Annie, Thinking in Bets. New York: Penguin, 2018

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Team of Rivals. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005

Washbush, John and Sherlock, Barbara, To Get the Job Done. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981

LINKS Academic Centers focused on Happiness


The University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
The Happiness Lab Podcast by Dr. Laurie Santos

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