reviewed by an avid reader & runner

Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, Amit Sood.

A few years ago, I was driving and heard an interview with Dr. Amit Sood. I stopped by a bookstore on the way home and purchased his book. Based on the popular stress management program he developed and offers at the Mayo Clinic, Soot fills this guide with stories, easy-to-understand science and practical steps towards achieving greater peace for you and those around you. If reducing stress, increasing joy and living a better life are on your resolution list this year, do yourself a favor and pick up this book.

 

Why we sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams, Matthew Walker

Sleep is as important as other aspects of our survival (i.e.water, food), but not as understood. Neuroscientist  Walker describes how sleep affects every aspect of physical and mental well-being, the benefits of sleep and consequences when it is absent. He uses science to make a compelling case that sleep can make us smarter, happier, healthier, slimmer and ward off disease. He also lists suggestions and advice for getting a better night’s shut-eye.

 

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson

How can you resist a book with the forward written by The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell, endorsed by Wharton psychologist Adam Grant and claiming to “reveal the secrets of accessing your hidden extra potential”? Award-winning journalist Hutchinson studies our capacity to endure and “what would happen if we all pushed past the struggle and desire to stop?” He travels the world, shadows elite athletes, visits high-tech labs and accesses Nike’s top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon. The stories and science woven throughout the book are fascinating as he concludes no matter who we are, we are always capable of pushing a little farther.