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Inspirational true stories from around the world and from the lives of ordinary people. Younger readers should look at Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul.

Much of our daily stress is actually the “small stuff” – traffic problems, urgent deadlines, boring meetings, bureaucracy, rude emails, demanding bosses, an assumed rat race, etc. The real problems –job layoffs, theft or violence – are really few and far between.

We all have thoughts that we keep only to ourselves, our deepest desires, fears and aspirations. Prather opens up his heart in the book, and in reading it, we can understand our insecurities better.

The classic on dealing with change in our work and lives. Uses the parable of a mouse and cheese (metaphor for what we want in our lives) to offer profound lessons.

An easy-to-read fable that every parent and kid should explore together: finding our true potential, individual ambition vs. society’s curbs, loving even those who oppose us, practicing till we become perfect etc.

Carnegie wrote it 80 years ago and it is still a bestseller. Learn 6 ways to make people like you, 12 ways to influence, and 9 ways to help people change people.

What makes Denmark consistently one of the happiest countries in the world? Apart from their material achievements, they have a very interesting concept of Hygge (pronounced hyoo-ga) which means cosyness: Enjoying the little things in life and finding time to slow down and build relationships.


The one book that has probably influenced me most. Covey distills 150 years of leadership literature to enunciate 7 Habits that make some people more effective than others. [Younger readers may prefer 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, written by his son]

We don’t need to be in a state of misery to start thinking about happiness. Even with a blessed, fortunate life, there can still be a feeling of emptiness, a feeling of boredom. Gretchen identifies 12 themes that could add to the happiness in our lives.

What really is Happiness? And what exactly happens when we have that warm fuzzy feeling? Can we train our brain to be more happy? What conditions cause happiness? One of Europe’s most respected science writers combines neuroscience, psychology and eastern philosophy to teach us about happiness.

People become successful because of certain good habits and in spite of some bad habits. The latter, if left uncorrected, can put serious brakes in our career. Marshall highlights 21 of these fatal flaws that separate the good from the truly great.

Why are some people more successful than others? Prof. Goleman identifies 5 success factors that separate the ordinary from the extremely successful – Self-understanding, Self-discipline, Passion, Empathy and Social Networking – which he together calls EQ.

Even the best of bschools do not teach us to be ‘street smart’, and that is exactly what we may need to be successful in the real world: reading people, leaving impressions, finding our edge and being an entrepreneur.

“Life is difficult”, laments Scott and then offers a new psychology to deal with it: Discipline, Love (and the myth of romantic love), Spiritual Growth and Grace.

Learn from one of the richest coaching gurus (Tony’s net worth is $0.5bn!) how to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny. His seminars retail at $2000 so the book is a bargain!

A Professor of Medicine combines eastern wisdom with latest fMRI based research to give a detailed guide on mindfulness: the 8 week practice schedule with meditation is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, panic and emotional pain.

Triggers can give you the self-awareness you need – to create your own world – rather than being created by the world around you.” Allan Mulally, US CEO of the Year (CEO Magazine) and #3 Greatest Leader in the World (Fortune magazine).