There was a lot of hype around this book in 2015. (For good reason.) Not everyone needs to read this book...but if your stuff is causing you emotional stress, I recommend it! Not only did I go from losing my keys, glasses, and wallet at least four times a week to misplacing those things maybe once a month after going through the decluttering process—I also started sleeping through the night more regularly.
This book is about what happens in the space between falling flat on your face and mustering up the strength to pull yourself back up again. That awkward, painful space. We don't talk about it nearly enough. There are a lot of nuggets in this one, and I gather everyone might gain a little something different from it. Personally, I gained insight from the chapter that explores whether or not people, in general, are always doing their best.
"By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us."
What leads to eventual breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, and commerce? A lot of time, and a lot of people building off of other people's trials and errors. Much of this history is skewed and forgotten in that time. Fun book, great for perspective.
If you forget to break every big big project down into itty bitty bite-sized tasks like I often do, read this book. I heard Howard Stern recommended this book on his show, and now I'm recommending it to you. It's helped me change my habits when approaching work BIG TIME.
What's on the cover comes off as a bit cheesy, but I promise, this is a great read. Especially if you're working with/raising children in any capacity. It's helped me become more aware of my own thought-processes.
Full disclosure: I'm still only a couple of chapters in.
This book deals with the systems of the mind that drive the way we think, and cognitive bias. The author encourages us to explore and talk about this bias. Really fascinating if you're into deconstructing why people (including yourself) think and act the way they do.
The gist: there's actually nothing wrong with you. The book walks through the concept of living in the moment. If you liked Deepak Chopra's The Power of Now, this is a condensed version that speaks in layman's terms.