Health & Wellness Must Reads: On the Blinkist App Or Your Other Favoured Method of Reading

Other than bringing this wellness lifestyle website to you, working on university, and diving into training with Kid's Help Phone as a Crisis Response Counsellor, I've been a little bored as I am still not fully mobile & the inclement weather makes for more nerve-wracking outings. So, I've been reading up on wellness, health, and life.

Here's a selection of my current list of favourites on the Blinkist app. Blinkist gives you a quick synopsis of key points and idea presented in their reading library. Hundreds of full-length books have been condensed for easy consumption.

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Chasing the Sun

By Linda Geddes

The New Science of Sunlight & How It Shapes Our Bodies and Minds.

Chasing the Sun (2019) delivers a fascinating account of the sun’s influence on our day-to-day lives. Throughout history, humans have worshipped the sun and touted its restorative, healing properties. As author Linda Geddes explains, science clearly shows that the sun is one of the most important elements of our health and well-being.

Getting COMFY

By Jordan Gross

Your Morning Guide to Daily Happiness.

Getting COMFY (2018) is a how-to manual for starting the day right. From work to school to our own social circles, modern life is full of external pressures that demand our attention and energy. With this guide, Jordan Gross offers a five-step method for tweaking your morning routine so you can face each day on your own terms. 

Radical Acceptance

By Tara Brach

Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha.

Radical Acceptance (2003) explains how Buddhism and meditation can bring you greater contentment and happiness. Chock-full of easy mental exercises that reduce stress and self-criticism, it’ll give you the tools you need to lead a gentler, happier existence.


By Margie Warrell

50 Daily Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love, & Life.

Brave (2015) details the actions that anyone can take to become braver in daily life. In doing so, it breaks apart social interactions and the norms that prevent individuals from acting more courageously. These blinks show how fear stops people from living to their full potential and supplies the tools for becoming braver and learning how to thrive. 

12 Rules for Life

By Jordan B. Peterson

An Antidote to Chaos.

12 Rules For Life (2018) provides readers with an inventory of life’s most pressing concerns and the issues that have been present in the human psyche since ancient times. Author Jordan B. Peterson has collected some of the most enduring philosophical and religious assertions, as well as the lessons from our most cherished tales, to provide us with 12 guidelines to ensure a life of meaning. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, history and myth, these are clear and consistent principles that everyone can live by.

How the World Sees You

By Sally Hogshead

Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination.

Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules (2009) offers a wide array of tips and life hacks to improve your life and bring you closer to realizing your goals. Author Napoleon Hill developed his techniques – many of which stem from the power of positive thinking – nearly a century ago, but they’re still the cornerstone of many of today’s self-help and personal development theories.


By Napoleon Hill

The Secret to Freedom & Success

Originally written in 1938, Napoleon Hill’s Outwitting the Devil (2011) remained an unpublished manuscript for over seventy years. Edited and annotated by Sharon Lechter, who contextualizes the content for contemporary readers, Hill’s book is a compendium of advice on how to succeed in life. Readers now have full access to Hill’s personal beliefs on the forces that are holding us back from leading a successful life and the principles that will enable us to overcome those forces.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

By Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (2017) is a down-to-earth beginner’s guide to meditation – especially for those skeptics among us who think that meditation is a lot of new age hooey. Dan Harris presents readers with a firsthand account of how even people with restless minds and no time to spare can start experiencing the scientifically proven benefits of meditation.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

By Robert M. Sapolsky

The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (1994) vividly explains the biology behind stress and its impact on our lives, functioning as an effective way to deal with immediate problems, while also posing serious health risks in the long run. The author also offers plenty of practical tips on how to keep stress under control.

Into the Magic Shop

By James R. Doty, MD

A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

Into the Magic Shop (2016) reveals details of Dr. James R. Doty’s research into the symbiotic relationship between the heart and brain, and how the practice of meditation can strengthen this bond. Dr. Doty uses both scientific and personal insight to illuminate his studies and demonstrate how important it is to have a compassionate heart as well as a curious mind.

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