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Project Thrive Book Club Reading List

Dr. Pleener – #SameHere Psych Alliance Member

  • A Liberated Mind – How to Pivot Towards What Matters by Dr. Steven C. Hayes
  • Rhythms of Recovery by Dr. Leslie Korn
  • The Healing Power of the Breath by Dr. Richard Brown
  • The Better Brain by Drs Bonnie Kaplan & Julia Rucklidge

Eric Kussin, Founder of #SameHere Global Mental Health Movement

  • Lost Connections by Johann Hari
  • The Body Keeps the Score – Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Other Recommended Reads


  • Bliss Brain: Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity and Joy
  • Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
  • How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett Ph.
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
  • Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain by David Eagleman
  • The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
  • The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD & Elissa Epel, PhD
  • The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition by Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD and Julia Rucklidge, PhD


  • 10% Happier : How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self
  • Help That Actually Works-True Story by Dan Harris
  • Flourish (A New Visionary Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being) by Martin E.P. Seligman
  • Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment by B. Alan Wallace, the Dalai Lama
  • Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubormirsky
  • Your Brain is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits and Hang-Ups by Dr. Daniel G. Amen


  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson
  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren


  • Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Daniel J. Siegel, MD
  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn


  • Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It by Roman Krznaric
  • Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff
  • The Compassionate Instinct by Dacher Keltner


  • HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act at a Time by Brad Aronson
  • The Gratitude Project: How The Science of Thankfulness Can Rewire Our Brains by Jeremy Adam Smith
  • Love Without Reason – LaRayia Gaston


  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD


  • Grounded: A fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting with the Soil and Healing from the Ground Up by Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder


  • Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
  • The Mindful Breathing Workbook for Teens: Simple Practices to Help You Manage Stress and Feel Better Now by Matthew D. Dewar, EdD (due out in August)
  • The Science of Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind and Body by Peta Stapleton Ph.D


  • Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus by Joseph McCormack
  • The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind
  • Healing Depression without Medication: A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body and Soul by Jodie Skillicorn, D.O.
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Fear – Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • Seeing, Knowing, Being: a Guide to Sacred Awakenings by John Greer