Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen death, economic hardship, and anxiety on an unprecedented scale. But it has also witnessed self-sacrifice, courage and perseverance.
Over the 2021 Holiday season I read a number of books about resilience, grit, human connection, and compassion. I read these books to learn and to gain new perspectives.
A key theme in all of these texts is that empathy, which in its simplest form is the ability to sense and have awareness of the emotions of other people, is a crucial skill to develop and practice.
This is particularly true during hard times.
I enjoyed reading these authors and will take lessons from their writings with me as I start the new year.
If you are in the market for new books I hope that this list will help inspire you as well.
|Book||Author||Key Notes / Learnings|
|Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It||Ethan Kross||The inner voice is a blessing and a curse, learn how to manage it|
|The Stoic Challenge||William Irvine||A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient|
|Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved)||Kate Bowler||Life is short; bring humor and love to each day|
|Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy||Sheryl Sandberg||Manging life as one moves through grief; importance of resilience|
|Modern Love||Daniel Jones||All the different types of love bring meaing to life|
|The Art of Taking It Easy||Brian King||Reduce stress, seek happiness|
|Greenlights||Matthew McConaughey||Aim for Greenlights, be authentic, keep going|
|Maybe You Should Talk to Someone||Lori Gottlieb||Seek help, search within, listen, heal|
|When Breath Becomes Air||Paul Kalanithi||Be grateful for your health and time on earth|
|How Will You Measure Your Life?||Clayton Christensen||What is your North Star? How will you find and then move towards it?|
|Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance||Angela Duckworth||The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence.|