If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that life is complicated and challenging in many ways. Most days, I'm exhausted. Are you exhausted?
During the early part of 2022, though, I had the chance to read three books that really helped me frame my frustration, angst, and anxiety about the world.All of these books are recently published, based on solid research, and approach their subjects in a way that makes them understandable and relatable to everyone. If you read even one of these books, I guarantee that you will learn things, gain perspective about the world, and discover insights about yourself and your humanity. Each book also touches on the role the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our lives and on our society so they are certainly timely.
I will share my individual reviews for each book that I published on my Goodreads profile. If you have read any of these books recently, would love to hear your thoughts as well!
Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown
This was such a powerful read. Brown pulls information from both her own research and other scientists to completely study the way we talk about and understand human emotions. She creates a literal atlas of our feelings, helping us understand what it means to feel more than just happy, sad, and mad but diving deep into concepts such as grief, shame, joy, hubris, schadenfreude, and humility. By understanding more about our feelings, Brown equips us to better understand ourselves, our relationships, and the way we frame everyday situations in our lives. I loved the solid research base of her work combined with the easy way she explains many challenging concepts. Her examples and many of the quotes she shares from other researchers were powerful and compelling. I did not realize until reading this that she is a grounded theory researcher (but it totally makes sense!). Loved hearing her thoughts embedded in many of the chapters on rigor in research and how research helps us understand the world better.
Think Again by Adam Grant
How to be Perfect by Michael Schur
What inspires you these days?