Stuck for last minute gift ideas this Christmas? Here are six powerful books from the general area of ‘personal development’ that I have found very useful in my life:

Last minute gift ideas: 6 Books to consider
  1. The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), Brené Brown: A heartfelt read about owning our unique stories and who we are as individuals, whatever our personal circumstances may be
  2. The Inner Game of Tennis (1972), Timothy Gallwey: A short and incisive read on how to harness your inner critic to reach peak performance. Originally written for tennis, the ideas here are applicable to almost any field. This one is a classic.
  3. Thinking Fast and Slow (2011), Daniel Kahneman: Easily the best book I have read this year. Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman discusses a life time of research on cognitive biases and how they impact our decisions and behaviours
  4. The Conquest of Happiness (1930), Bertrand RussellMany of Russell’s ideas on what it means to be ‘happy’ are as relevant today as they were in 1930. Russell was a true polymath and many would say ahead of his time
  5. How Life Imitates Chess (2007), Garry Kasparov: World Chess Champion and Grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, draws parallels between chess and life 
  6. The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (1966), Alan Watts: Watts discusses the ‘illusion’ of what it means to be human in modern society. An eye opening read that challenges conventional ideas about personal identity

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