These books and other resources can help you develop mindfulness and learn ways to make positive changes in your life.
FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING
Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
New York City, 1990
Kabat-Zinn is founder and director of the stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and this book talks about ways to manage pain and the stress of chronic medical conditions using meditation and simple yoga. You can also find guided meditation CDs from Kabat-Zinn at www.mindfulnesscds.com/index.html.
A MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION WORKBOOK
Bob Stahl, PhD, and Elisha Goldstein, PhD
New Harbinger Publications
Oakland, CA 2010
This is an easy-to-use workbook based on Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program.
THE WILLPOWER INSTINCT
How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It
Kelly McGonigal, PhD
New York City, 2012
This book, by a Stanford University psychologist, has practical exercises to help you develop your willpower and overcome obstacles. You can also check out her interview on The People’s Pharmacy (episode 840, Willpower Science) at www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/12/31/840-willpower-science.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
Jeffrey Brantley, MD
Duke Integrative Medicine
This audio program is by the Director of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Duke Integrative Medicine. Its topics include awareness of breathing, walking meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and mindful yoga. The set is available at https://shopprovisions.dukestores.duke.edu.
CHANGING FOR GOOD
A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward
James O. Prochaska, PhD, John C. Norcross, PhD, and Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD
William Morrow Paperbacks
New York City, 1995
This book guides the reader through several stages designed to lead to self-guided change.
TAMING YOUR GREMLIN
A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
New York City, 2003
This book whimsically uses the concept of an inner gremlin to describe how to overcome negative, self-defeating feelings.
MINDFULNESS FOR DUMMIES
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Chichester, West Sussex, England, 2012
This book from the popular series teaches techniques for overcoming stress and anxiety and gaining focus.
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY FOR DUMMIES
Averil Leimon and Gladeana McMahon
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Chichester, West Sussex, England, 2009
Also from the “Dummies” series, this book describes how to harness positive thoughts to achieve desired behaviors and greater happiness.