Written by: Shawn Achor
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.
Written by: Arianna Huffington
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
In Thrive, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and one of the most influential women in the world, has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. She likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg – a Third Metric for defining success – in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.
Written by: Viktor E. Frankl
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning.
Written by: Simon Sinek
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, is a book in which the author explains how to inspire with ideas. The golden circle, the celery test, and the split test are three ideas that Sinek talks about regarding how to get people to follow one’s idea.
Written by: Jonathan Haidt
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
This is a book about 10 “Great Ideas”. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world’s civilizations – to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.