6 Mindful Books We’re Relaxing With This December  

Looking for a wonderful book to unwind with? We’ve got the perfect selection that pairs amazingly with a warm cup of hot chocolate.
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The changing seasons are a lovely time to rework our lifestyles, from eating seasonal foods and embracing lifestyle choices to picking up habits that are an absolute must for the season. A book, a blanket, and a warm beverage are what our December dreams are made of. There’s something comforting about the cold, grey sky outdoors and staying inside in the warmth of your home while you enjoy some time to yourself. Find your inner hygge with these literary companions that are bound to keep you company on a cold winter evening.  

1. The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama  

“The goal is not just to create joy for ourselves, but to be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you.” This is the entire build-up for this book, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in A Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. This book is a note on all the things that were discussed by these two spiritual leaders during the celebration of Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. The speeches of these two leaders were collated by Douglas Abrams. 

The two leaders discussed the similarities and differences in their understanding of joy, suffering, acceptance, and a lot of other things depending on their understanding and perceptions from their spiritual traditions.   

Buy it here.

2. A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron  

“Just being nice will not be enough to save the civility of today’s world. It will take the patience and focus of true and loving-kindness.” This is the main idea behind Donna Cameron’s book A Year of Living Kindly. Donna Cameron has spent her most precious years working with non-profit organisations and causes as an executive consultant and a volunteer.   

In this book, Donna focuses on why and how it’s important to be kind and empathetic not only to everyone around us, but also to ourselves. She has shared her personal stories, observations, and humour to make this book a very interesting and eye-opening read. 

Buy it here.

3. Everything is Figuroutable by Marie Forleo  

“You can do whatever you set your mind to if you just roll up your sleeves, get in there, and do it.” This is the central idea of Marie Forleo’s best-selling book Everything Is Figuroutable. She is the host of her web show MarieTV, and the author of Make Every Man Want You. Apart from these, she also runs successful businesses like the Business School and Copy Cure.   

She’s been called a “Thought leader for the next generation,” by none other than Oprah Winfrey and Tim Ferris said, “she’s the one to watch.” These blowing reviews by leading life coaches makes Forleo a force to reckon with.   

Everything is figuroutable has been her mantra since the day her mother told her about it. No wonder it became the title of her second bestseller.   

Buy it here.

4. Atomic Habits by James Clear  

“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.” This is the core focus of the book, Atomic Habits by James Clear. He’s the creator of Jamesclear.com, where he writes on topics like creating good habits, making great choices, how to create a better and more meaningful process for yourself, and much more. And his 3-2-1 weekly newsletter has over 250 published articles. He is a motivational speaker and one of the most commendable guests on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and the award-winning show, Marie Forleo TV.   

In Atomic Habits, James explains in detail the strategies that he discovered when he was recovering from an accident many years back.   

Buy it here.

5. The Observer by Todd Stottlemyre 

“Be someone who always gets up, no matter how many times you get knocked down.” This is the base lesson that Todd Stottlemyre portrays in his book The Observer. Todd is a two times World Series champion and later turned into an accomplished Wall Street asset manager. He is also the founder of a private equity fund, a motivational speaker, and a success coach.    

In this very interesting book, we follow our 38-year-old protagonist, Kat, as she crashes head-on into her mid-life crisis. When it comes to success, Kat tends to steamroll anything that comes her way, even her own son. As the plot deepens Kat reaches a crossroads where she must make a choice. She must choose between changing her thinking and accepting what she has done wrong or keep behaving the way she is and risk losing everything. 

Buy it here.

6. Why We Sleep, Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker 

“When sleep is abundant, minds flourish. When it is deficient, they don’t,” this is what Matthew Walker focuses on in his bestseller book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. Matthew Walker is a professor of Neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley. Before that, he was a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has been a researcher for over two decades and his research was mostly focused on sleep.   

It’s shocking how many of us don’t pay heed to our sleep cycle. In this book Matthew Walker has very well explained how sleep works and how we can improve our sleep cycle and quality of sleep. 

Buy it here.

As we near the end of the year, it’s the perfect time for you to embrace some new habits taught in these insightful books. Take advantage of these early sunsets and cold evenings by curling up in your blanket and spending your downtime doing the things you love.  

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