World Book Day 2023 Book Recommendations

To celebrate World Book Day 2023, we have picked out 9 of our favourite books. We briefly tell you why we recommend each one below.  

Time to Think by Nancy Kline 

This book provokes thought about what it means to really listen and how this affects those around you. It gives a practical framework for enabling thinking environments in groups to harness diversity of thinking, engage everyone and stimulate creativity. As Nancy Kline writes, ‘create a particular environment and people will think for themselves. It’s that simple’. 

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk 

This book gives an account of how traumatic experiences affect the body and the mind, and how important the impact and incidence of trauma are on society and the self. 

Before You Know It by John Bargh 

This book can help with exploring the idea of unconscious bias, a central tenet of psychological theory. It helps us to think about how below-the-surface influences from the past have a bearing on our behaviour, preferences and decisions we make ‘before we know it’. 

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Choiunard 

An inspiring book about the outdoor-equipment company, Patagonia. The book describes how organisational values and the ‘why’ of what they do have led to a thriving and creative organisation with extremely high employee satisfaction. 

Atomic Habits by James Clear 

This book is an easy read that I gained lots from. It strips how habits work back to basics and opened my eyes to a simple way of improving my life. James Clear’s tips are applicable to everyone and they work. I have since limited how often I get in my own way by making little goals easier for myself to achieve. 

Your Brain at Work by David Rock 

This book is such a fascinating read and it’s really accessible. It comes from the angle of two people and their stories which helped me to engage all the way through. It covers the following: 

  • How to better manage distractions; 
  • How to maximise our mental resources; 
  • How to solve seemingly insurmountable problems; 
  • How to make the best decisions possible; 
  • How to collaborate more effectively with others; 
  • How to make feedback easier. 

Flourish by Martin Seligman 

This book is hugely uplifting and full of inspiration, practical tools, techniques and new ways of being. It explains that the goal of the Positive Psychology movement is about actually raising the bar for human wellbeing. Flourish builds on optimism, motivation and character to show us how to get the most out of life and new ways of realistically seeing our way past challenges and obstacles. 

Mindset by N. Louis Eason 

Mindset teaches you about different paradigms that influence human behaviour, communication, and habit building. The goal of this book is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to combat negative self-talk, raise your self-esteem and become a productive individual. 

Culture Code by Daniel Coyle 

This book unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides tomorrow’s leaders with the tools to build a cohesive, motivated culture. I found this book so interesting as it focusses on cultural chemistry and how you can embed it in any organisation, big or small. 

Here at The Wellbeing Collective, we are all self-confessed bookworms and are forever adding to our list of non-fiction and fiction books that adhere to our values, morals and sustainable change for the better. What would you add to our list? We would love to hear from you. Also, if you’d like further recommendations, let us know in the comments. 



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