Six Audio Books for a Healthy Mind

published Nov. 11, 2018

by Jennifer Chang

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

If you’re tired of all the other sugar-coated, sunshiney self-help books out there, try Mark Manson’s sarcastic, in-your-face approach to guiding yourself towards true happiness. His approach to happiness isn’t turning lemons into lemonade, but rather learning to “suck it up and stomach the lemons.” This humorous audiobook is both enlightening and enjoyable, and is a much more digestible take on the traditional self-development book.

2. The Book of Joy

Quite different from the first book, The Book of Joy is a wholesome, wise teaching of scientific and anecdotal happiness. This book focuses on spiritual and emotional wisdom from the perspectives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both of whom speak about their journeys through struggle and eventually finding joy and renewal.

3. Full Catastrophe Living

Jon Kabat-Zin, the author and narrator of this audiobook, is an innovator in studies of stress-reduction and mindfulness. Full Catastrophe Living explains the ties between mental maladies (like anger and depression) and physical, bodily sicknesses; his book then explains how to heal your mind of the stress, anxiety, or depression through natural, medically-proven mindfulness techniques.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This one is the definition of an “oldie but a goodie”; 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was the first non-fiction audiobook in United States publishing history to sell over one million copies. With its first three habits of independence and “self-mastery,” its next three habits of synergization, and its last habit of “sharpening the saw,” this book will both empower you and teach you how to work best with others.

5. Optimal Living Daily

Optimal Living Daily is a podcast series narrated by Justin Malik that you can find for free on the Itunes store. Malik narrates articles and blogs centering around the subject of self-development, minimalism, and personal improvement. Not only is there an endless supply of episodes, each podcast is only around 8 minutes long so each listen can be fit neatly into your walk between classes. You can find these podcasts in the Itunes or Google Play Store or online here.

6. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

While accepting your flaws is incredibly important, it’s just as imperative to have the power to change yourself for the better. This book, written by Dr. Joe Dispenza, combines science and spirituality to create a toolbox backed by neuroscience, quantum physics, and biology to help the listener make measurable changes towards self-improvement.

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