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Books I love and recommend


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. An entertaining book detailing Gretchen Rubin’s year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness. Drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world examples, Rubin delivers an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation. This special 10th Anniversary edition features a Conversation with Gretchen Rubin, Happiness Project Stories, a guide to creating your own happiness project, a list of dozens of free resources, and more.



The Thrive Principles by Dr Lee Baucom
15 Strategies for building your thriving life.
I discovered Lee Baucom through his podcasts (see below). His strategies work and his simple yet eloquent way of explaining how and why they work is a big factor in why I like him so much.

The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine
The tagline for this book is ‘Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed’.
Mark Divine is a karate black belt, yoga instructor, ex-Navy SEAL Honor Man. He has a business/finance degree, founded a fitness system and is a leadership mentor. You can read more about him and his other books here.


Side Hustle School by Chris Guillebeau
A 27-day plan for building a side business to supplement what you earn from your day job.
I discovered this book by listening to Chris Guillebeau’s daily 10-minute podcast of the same name. It’s so inspirational. The podcast features daily stories of people who have successfully started side hustles that bring them an additional income of $500/month or more. Usually more. In his book Chris Guillebeau gives a blueprint to getting your own side hustle up and running in 27 days.

30 Days, 30 Ways to Overcome Anxiety by Bev Aisbett

Bev Aisbett is an author, illustrator, cartoonist and counsellor. She has had over 11 books published, most notably the national bestsellers Living with ItA Survivor’s Guide to Panic Attacks and Taming the Black DogA Guide to Overcoming Depression. Over the last 15 years, Bev’s freelance illustrations and cartoons have appeared in the major press and numerous community and corporate publications. An experienced counsellor, Bev has designed a unique recovery program designed to educate people about anxiety and provide them with the tools with which to build their own recovery, just as Bev herself has done. The Art of Anxiety workshop (formerly Working with IT) has since guided thousands of people in the ‘art’ of effectively managing anxiety and related conditions since 1998.

Her most recent book, 30 Days, 30 Ways to Overcome Anxiety (2018) is already a national bestseller.

Relationship Resources


The Save the Marriage System by Dr Lee Baucom.

Part of the difficulty with marriage is that the only training we get is “on the job.” Rarely do you say to someone, “I want you to go work with those tools in there. Have fun, get the job done, and don’t kill yourself.” But, essentially, that is the start of a marriage. We have some rudimentary skills from relating to others, but the real knowledge and skills are hard-earned.
Sometimes things go wrong and you don’t understand why or how to fix it. 
This system can help when all seems lost. 


Secret Survey by Michael Fiore

What men desperately want you to know but could never tell you.
I discovered this at a time when my husband and I were not communicating all that well. I bought it to get an insight into what he might be thinking. Well, it certainly did give me some insights. It opened my eyes and my mind up to a completely different point of view. It also gave me a few good laughs and what’s not to like about that?


Free Courses

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science

Dr Martin E.P. Seligman—renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology”—has led visionary leaps in the scientific research, empirical data and personal understandings of human flourishing. This course explores the past, present and future of positive psychology as a journey through the key scientific leaps led by Dr Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center and Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.

  • 100% Online
  • Flexible deadlines
  • Beginner level
  • Approx. 19 hours to complete – Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week
  • English – Subtitles: English, Spanish, German

There are no prerequisites.

The Science of Well-Being: Laurie Santos Professor of Psychology, Yale University

In this course, you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

  • 100% Online
  • Flexible deadlines
  • Beginner level
  • Approx. 20 hours to complete – Suggested: 3 hours/week
  • English – Subtitles: English, Spanish

There are no prerequisites.