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  • The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris (user friendly guide to ACT)
  • Get out of Your Life and Into Your Mind, Stephen Hayes
  • ACT Made Simple, Russ Harris (this is for professionals but it’s a really good description of ACT)
  • Emotional Agility, Susan David (this isn’t an ACT book per se, but it’s a research based support of ACT theories written in an entertaining and easily understandable language)


  • Crucial Conversations, Patterson
  • The Four Conversations, Jeffrey Ford
  • The Lost Art of Listening, Michael P. Nichols
  • Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Conversationally Speaking, Alan Garner
  • Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  • The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman
  • Emotional Agility, Susan David

Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn or Thich Nhat Hahn
  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
  • 10% Happier, Dan Harris
  • The Eight Minute Meditation, Victor Davich
  • Chop Wood, Carry Water, Rick Fields
  • How to Meditate, Lawrence LeShan
  • Nothing Special, Everyday Zen, Charlotte Joko Beck
  • The Grace in Aging, Kathleen Dowling Sing
  • Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein

Mindfulness and Meditation Site and Apps

  • 10% Happier Learn to Meditate 2 week course
  • Buddhify guided meditations
  • Stop, Breathe & Think guided meditations
  • Equanimity meditation timer
  • Insight Timer meditation timer
  • Headspace
  • Open Heart Project, Susan Piver

Sense of Self, Relationships, Boundaries

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman
  • Mindset, Carol Dweck
  • The Dance of Anger, Harriet Lerner
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  • I Thought It Was Just Me, Brene Brown
  • Voices in the Family, Daniel Gottlieb
  • Loving What Is, Byron Katie
  • Extraordinary Relationships, Roberta Gilbert
  • The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
  • Awareness, Anthony DeMello
  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • On My Own Two Legs, Amy Purdy
  • The Couples Tao Te Ching, William Martin


Just Special

  • Kitchen Table Wisdom, Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Anything by Daniel Gottlieb
  • Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Album
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
  • Making Peace in Times of War, Pema Chodron