Book List Recommendations
We love a good book here at Benny - especially when they help us to lead a better life!
Below you will find a detailed list of recommended reading to help you with your wellbeing transformation.
Either browse through the books below at your leisure or click a category below to filter the content.
Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson
Drawing on a one-of-a-kind data pool - brain studies of world-class meditators - Goleman and Davidson sweep away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open reader's eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind training methods. Simultaneously, they share for the first time remarkable findings that show potential for our cultivation of highly positive, lasting qualities, such as selflessness, equanimity, love and compassion, through meditation.
by Jon Kabat Zinn
This is a classic book by the world leader in stress reduction through mindfulness. Comprehensive guide that will be practical.
by Jason Blonna
Focuses specifically on stress and uses very practical exercises. Also brings one therapeutic mode - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - into action. Again, very strong evidence base in the scientific literature. Really easy to read and apply exercises.
by Russell Harris
A practical book with exercises that help you to build confidence to develop and manage life. Russ is a great writer too so it's an easy read. Brings one therapeutic mode - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - into action.
Very strong evidence base in the scientific literature.
by Russell Harris
Pretty interesting read on what causes us to get stuck/trapped and how we make it difficult to realise happiness. Also brings one therapeutic mode - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - into action. Again, very strong evidence base in the scientific literature.
by Kelly McGonigal
Recent publication on some of the latest research on stress - including the impact our mindset, beliefs and attitudes about stress have on our experiences and wellbeing. Also see her Superbetter app and web platform.
by Christopher Germer
Author is prolific thought leader in this space. I haven't read the book but have read some of his online resources and downloaded audio guided meditations. Also, some of his academic papers - he's the real deal!
by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
From world leaders in the field this book is another great guidebook with tips on building new mindfulness habits.
Deeply rooted in science and provides evidence-based strategies and guided practices for building mindfulness into your life.
by Michael Chaskalson
Science-based and practical guidebook for learning and integrating mindfulness practice into life. Really well written and approachable, but also great evidence-base outlined.
by Rohan Gunatillake
Incredibly accessible and useful read that explores how to make mindfulness part of our modern lives. Written by the creator of mindfulness app Buddhify.
Authored by our Co-Founder - Dr Adrian Medhurst
There is lots of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of meditation. But what does it really do? What does the science say?
The authors have reviewed thousands of studies, and trawled through hundreds of journals to answer this question.
This book lays out the proven impact of an effective meditation practice on happiness, health, performance and relationships in layman's terms.
by Dr Stephen McKenzie and Dr Craig Hassed
Mindfulness for Life is written by two experts in the field who bring the medical perspective of an international authority on mindfulness and the psychological perspective of a researcher. The result is a book that translates the scientific principles behind mindfulness into a simple, practical and accessible manual to applying mindfulness — for life.
by William L. Mikulas
Drawing from Western and Eastern psychology, health systems, and wisdom traditions, Taming the Drunken Monkey provides comprehensive instruction for developing and improving three basic behaviours of the mind: concentration, awareness, and flexibility.
by Daniel Kahneman
Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking.
by Peter Bregman
In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy boosting and productive behaviours. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath—allowing us to make intentional and tactical choices that lead to better outcomes.
by Damon Zahariades
Fast Focus takes you through a proven system that'll help you to master your attention, keep distractions at bay, and get more done in less time. The system he describes in Fast Focus has helped business owners, executives, athletes, students, and parents to triple their productivity, reduce their stress levels, and achieve more success in everything they do.
by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen
In The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen—a neuroscientist and a psychologist - explain why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.The authors explain that our brains are limited in their ability to pay attention. We don't really multitask but rather switch rapidly between tasks.
By Tom Rath
This book includes new information for the StrengthsFinder program, making it easier than ever before to apply your strengths in your daily life. The book will help you develop strategies for your top five themes. It makes a great reference that you can use for navigating through your life with as much strength as possible.
by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art emphasises the resolve needed to recognise and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.
by Daniel Goleman
Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business.
by Fred Luthans
This seminal book offers not only an answer regarding how to gain competitive advantage through people, but also a brand new, untapped human resource - psychological capital, or simply PsyCap. Generated from both the positive psychology movement and the authors' pioneering work on positive organisational behaviour, PsyCap goes beyond traditionally recognised human and social capital.
by Rohan Gunatillake
This eBook short presents sixteen portable exercises to help us keep in touch with the present moment, even during the busiest of days.
by Martin Gibala
Gibala’s first book answers the ultimate question: How low can you go? Gibala’s fascinating quest for the answer makes exercise experts of us all. His work demonstrates that very short, intense bursts of exercise may be the most potent form of workout available.
by Tim Spector
Drawing on the latest science, Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome and demystifies common misconceptions about fat, calories, vitamins and nutrients. Only by understanding how our own microbes interact with our bodies can we overcome our confusion about modern diets and nutrition and regain correct balance.
by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig
Details the theories behind the Whole30, summarises the science in a simple, accessible manner. Shows how certain foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel and live—in ways that you'd probably not have associated with diet. Outlines a plan - based on paleo so if this is counter to your beliefs revisit your opinion of paleo through this book or take what you learn from the first few chapters and decide on your own plan.
by Arianna Huffington
We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, and this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. In this book, Arianna Huffington boldly asserts that what is needed is nothing short of a sleep revolution. Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.
by Elizabeth Blackburn & Elissa Epel
The book specifically looks ideas including; how biological age is not chronological age; a biological basis for the mind-body connection, how sleep and diet can affect telomeres and shockingly how mothers who are highly stressed during pregnancy have children with shorter telomeres. It also offers tools and advice on how to determine cellular age and telomere health.
by Emeran Mayer
Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of Wheat Belly and Grain Brain that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and body.
by Eric Langshur
Start Here outlines a program designed to help you achieve emotional fitness by cross-training the skill of lifelong wellbeing. The program teaches practices that are proven to rewire the brain for increased focus, engagement, and resilience to stress.
by Tom Rath
Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements will provide you with a holistic view of what contributes to your wellbeing over a lifetime. Written in a conversational style, this book is filled with fascinating research and novel ideas for boosting your wellbeing in 5 areas - career, social, financial, physical, and community.
by David Perlmutter
In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain's destiny for the better.
by David Rock
In Your Brain at Work, David Rock takes readers inside the heads—literally—of a modern two-career couple as they mentally process their workday to reveal how we can better organize, prioritize, remember, and process our daily lives.
by Hougaard Rasmus
Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once increasing our stress, decreasing our effectiveness and negatively impacting our performance. 1 Second Ahead demonstrates that it is possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant pressures and distraction.
by Jeffrey Pfeffer
In this timely, provocative book, Jeffrey Pfeffer contends that many modern management commonalities such as long work hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity are toxic to employees—hurting engagement, increasing turnover, and destroying people’s physical and emotional health—and also inimical to company performance.
by Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organised, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work.
by Michael Chaskalson
This book offers a practical and theoretical guide to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the workplace, describing the latest neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training and detailing an eight-week mindfulness training course.
by Dr Stephen McKenzie
Mindfulness at Work reveals how the practice of mindfulness — the ability to focus our attention on what ‘is’ rather than be distracted by what ‘isn’t’ — can be a powerful antidote to the distractions and stresses of our modern lives, especially our working lives.
by John Medina
In Brain Rules, Dr John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in brain science, and how it can influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule — what scientists know for sure about how our brains work — and offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.
by Matt Tenney
The authors make a compelling case for why mindfulness training may be the 'ultimate success habit.' In addition to helping you improve the most essential elements of highly effective leadership, mindfulness training can help you discover unconditional happiness and realise incredible meaning—professionally and personally.
by Simon Sinek
Start With Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organisations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
by Simon Sinek
This easy-to-follow guide starts with the search for your personal why, and then expands to helping your colleagues find your organization's why. With detailed instructions on every stage in the process, the book also answer common concerns, such as: What if my why sounds like my competitor's? Can you have more than one why? And, if my work doesn't match my why, what do I do?
by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains.
by Alex Hutchinson
In Endure Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D., reveals why our individual limits may be determined as much by our head and heart, as by our muscles. He presents an overview of science’s search for understanding human fatigue, from crude experiments with electricity and frogs’ legs to sophisticated brain imaging technology.
by Peter Bregman
18 Minutes clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.
by Charles Duhigg
From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think—with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life.
by Jim Loehr
A personal energy training program outlines strategies on how to prevent burnout and improve productivity, discussing such areas as how to work with four key sources of energy, balancing stress and recovery, expanding capacity, and implementing positive routines.
by Charles Duhigg
Explores scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed, packaged up nicely in engrossing narratives.
by Professor Carol Dweck
World-renowned Stanford professor shares insights on decades of research on achievement and success to share groundbreaking ideas on the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.