The Happy Bookshelf #1

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Joseph Addison

Happiness is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. 

For me, reading is the easiest and most accessible form of mental exercise. Like a conversation with a wise friend, a good book is able to offer a new perspective on topics I thought I had figured out all along.

I especially enjoy going back to books that made an impact the first time around. Being in a different space mentally means I can approach them from a fresh angle – maybe even have a completely different experience. 

This series will focus on books – one at a time – that are truly special to me. These authors have become my teachers, sparking a desire to learn, grow and become a better version of myself. I hope they might do the same for you.

“Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ” by Daniel Goleman 

Since its publication in 1995, this book “offers a challenge to those who subscribe to a narrow view of intelligence, arguing that IQ is a genetic given that cannot be changed by life experience.”

An excellent blend of psychology and neuroscience, it shines new light on our “two minds” – the rational and the emotional – and how together they shape our destiny.

Good news?  Emotional literacy is a set of skills – including control of one’s impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships – and can be enhanced through exercise and practice. How?

In marriage, emotional intelligence means listening well and being able to calm down. In the workplace, it manifests when bosses give subordinates constructive feedback regarding their performance.

An intriguing and practical guide to emotional mastery.

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