Top 12 Health & Wellness Books

Categories: Blog, Health Check

Love to indulge in a little health and wellness reading? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best published works from the last three years: From mindset magnums to the history of medicine and penetrating prose on mortality, you’re bound to find a book on this list that will leave a lasting impression.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. ”

The Gene: An Intimate History

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

“From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?”

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

“In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.”

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F—: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

by Mark Manson

“In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.”

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn & Dr. Elissa Epel 

“Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage.”

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking

“Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge.”

Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

by Catherine Shanahan MD & Luke Shanahan MFA

“Deep Nutrition illustrates how our ancestors used nourishment to sculpt their anatomy, engineering bodies of extraordinary health and beauty. The length of our limbs, the shape of our eyes, and the proper function of our organs are all gifts of our ancestor’s collective culinary wisdom.”

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

by Rick Hanson

“Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy. But each day is filled with opportunities to build inner strengths and Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed clinical psychologist, shows what you can do to override the brain’s default pessimism.”

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—and What We Can Do about It

by Harriet Brown

“As a science journalist, Harriet Brown has explored this collective longing and fixation from an objective perspective; as a mother, wife, and woman with “weight issues,” she has struggled to understand it on a personal level. Now, in Body of Truth, Brown systematically unpacks what’s been offered as “truth” about weight and health.”

Happy is the New Healthy

by Dave Romanelli
“Lifestyle and wellness innovator David Romanelli (aka Yeah Dave) offers simple, immediate tips to relax and feel better this very instant. Forget the high-flying workout routines and fancy-pants diet regimens, Dave’s fresh take on wellness will remind you that happiness leads to better health.”

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

by Henry Marsh

“What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?”

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

by Giulia Enders

“A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system.”

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