Man, lack of sleep sure fuzzes me out—middle age has a way of exaggerating every small deficiency. We’ve a couple nights of thunderstorms that woke me up and worried my dog, and the ensuing fogginess has lasted for days. Also I’ve been staying up late reading a fascinating book titled What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, a suggestion from the Whole Daily newsletter. Following is the rest of the list; you might find some good stuff for your own self to read.
At this point in your journey, you might find yourself hungry for more life-changing information—and not just about nutrition. We’ve talked about exercise, recovery, sleep, stress management… but what about those other factors? Today, we’re sharing some reads we think you might enjoy, all about fun and play, personal growth, and temperance.*Drop Dead Healthy, by A.J. Jacobs. The true (and truly hilarious) story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world. (You can also listen to his TED talk on the subject.) [Personal Growth]*The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. [Fun and Play, Personal Growth, Temperance]*What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, by David DiSalvo. In What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. [Personal Growth, Temperance]*You Are Not So Smart, by David McRaney. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you’re as deluded as the rest of us. But that’s OK—delusions keep us sane. [Personal Growth, Temperance]*Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer. Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” drawing on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade.[Personal Growth]