It is clear that we need our lives to have a purpose, to feel that our actions form part of something bigger than ourselves.
When Julia, a passionate and committed teacher, was forced to take extended leave from work, she had to find activities to fill the gap and to provide meaning to her day to day existence. Going from such an intrinsically fulfilling and gregarious job to a quieter, slower, less social existence would have come as a severe shock. It would have been easy for Julia to slip into a cycle of anxiety and stress leading to isolation and depression.
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More or less in order, these have been read in the last three years or so, and have had major impacts on how and what I think:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1991) Flow: The psychology of optimal experience
Daniel H. Pink (2009) Drive: the surprising truth behind what motivates us
Matt Ridley (2010) The Rational Optimist: how prosperity evolves
Daniel Kahnemann (2011) Thinking, Fast and Slow
Carol S. Dweck (2006) Mindset: how you can fulfil your potential
Jim Collins (2001) Good to Great: why some companies make the leap… and others don’t AND (2006) Good to Great and the Social Sectors
Patrick Lencioni (2004) Death by Meeting: a leadership fable about solving the most painful problem in business
Daniel T. Willingham (2009) Why Don’t Students Like School? A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom
John-Paul Flintoff (2012) How to Change the World
Read a longer time ago, but had a lasting influence: Continue reading “A (non-fiction) reading list – but no descriptions, yet”