7 Create More Happiness Books

7 Create More Happiness Books

We all want to create more happiness in our life.

Summer makes us happier. Its true. Sunlight helps the body make serotonin, the ‘happy’ hormone. And schools out, holidays are on. Time for that good book and more happiness.

This list will help you build and keep that happy habit. From to achieving flow in the workplace, learning to be optimistic or even your own happiness project.   Being happy is your life’s work. Learn more now by reading these happiness books.

7 Books to create more Happiness

1. Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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The concept of flow, in Csikszentmihalyi’s work, is defined as being in a state which one becomes so involve in an activity and being the moment that nothing else matters. This is the natural state of happiness which we can achieve through the control of one’s inner thoughts. Flow presents the principles for more happiness from the author’s years of research. How you will turn those principles into practice is entirely up to you.

2. Learned Optimism – Martin E. P. Seligman

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It is no secret that optimism is one of the keys to success and happiness, and it is a learned behaviour. Seligman’s book is a factual book on optimism, with examples from his own clinical studies. It’s not a pep-talk kind of book, which sort of sets it apart from the typical self-help material. So, if you are looking to cultivate a more positive attitude, and you are a logical person who prefer something more direct and objective, this book is for you.

3. Authentic Happiness – Martin E. P. Seligman

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If you are looking to read an even more practical book on how to be happier, Seligman’s work is what you are looking for. The author presents a rather scientific and psychological angle to the formula of being happy. Basically, according to Seligman, we can always make changes to our personal circumstances with activities that promote happiness, and by nurturing certain personality traits.

4. Toward a Psychology of Being – Abraham Maslow

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Maslow is known for introducing the hierarchy of needs in the form of a pyramid. This book gives you the basics of what to do in order to see yourself in a more positive light, in order to achieve self-fulfillment, which is at the top of the needs pyramid. Whether you agree or not with his theory of psychological health and fulfillment – about which many have pointed out flaws – his work is still worth reading just for a general view of what constitutes a positive psychology.

5. 59 Seconds – Richard Wiseman

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The appeal of Wiseman’s book is the simple premise that taking small easy steps can effectively amount to great changes in one’s life. This book is very action plan-based; you will learn techniques that are easy to implement daily, and with consistent practice, can improve various aspects of one’s life. There are plenty to be learned, from exercises for making better decisions to assessing your child’s emotional intelligence. Plus, the suggestions he offers are based on actual research done.  More happiness in less than a minute.

6. Happier – Tal Ben-Shahar

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Who doesn’t want to be happier? Though a lot of the concepts presented in Happier is not that new to the positive psychology genre, there are still a few enlightening ones. The most valuable aspect of the book is the useful exercises and meditations which anyone can try. Readers who prefer a more scientific data-driven material may not be too keen on this book though.

7. Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

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Rubin’s book is like a catalog of ideas for starting your own ‘happiness project’ – the little things you do in your day-to-day that makes you happier. It is a very personal book as the authors draws many of the examples from her “daily adventures of happiness”.  She was not unhappy – but identified she could still be happier.  It is an easy to read book and you will find some great ideas to shake up your own daily routine.  WhyToRead are enjoying re-reading this, with highlighter in hand, create more happiness in our own life.

5 Must-read Books for Successful Stock Traders

5 Must-read Books for Successful Stock Traders

Justine Pollard is a successful Australian stock market trader, author and sought after trading mentor. She enjoys sharing her trading insights on how she became successful. Her training programs help fellow traders improve their skills and knowledge to become peak performers in the market. She has been interviewed in several books, Peter Switzer and Janine Perrett on Sky Business News. You can learn more about her through her website www.smarttrading.com.au

Today Justine shares some thoughts on reading for trading success with WhyToRead.com

Like all the other successful traders I’ve met, I always emphasize how important planning and psychology is to trading. There’s coming to terms with the emotional swings and internal dialogue you will experience while in a trade. And there’s the challenge of continually working on improving your mindset – in the end, this is what makes or breaks you in the markets.

There are a lot of helpful books available on self development, self-healing and the psychology of trading. It is books like this that continue to inspire me and confirm that I am on the right track. I wanted to share these with you and why I enjoyed them so much and how much they can benefit you as a trader.

1. Smart Trading Plans – Justine Pollard

First on my list is my book, “Smart Trading Plans”. I wrote this book so that it would be a trading bible for traders.

Trading is a business and for a business to survive and prosper it must have a business plan. But how do you develop a plan for trading? Where do you start? And what do you put into a trading plan?

This book will steer you through the process of developing and implementing your own personal trading plan, increasing your chances of success in the market. Complete with Smart Action Steps, case studies of actual trades and bonus planning templates, “Smart Trading Plans” is essential reading for all savvy traders.

Listed as one of the top 10 best selling finance books by Australia’s leading Money Magazine.


2. Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning AttitudeMark Douglas

Trading in the Zone is another book that is invaluable to a trader. It’s about the psychology of trading, finding your edge and really getting into that state of mind you need to be in to be successful as a trader.
In this book Mark Douglas recommends that once you’ve got your trading plan written down, undertake 20 trades exactly as per your trading plan (with a very small account size), and do not deviate from that. See what your results are after those 20 trades and recognise if you’ve got an edge in the market.

The objective of trading is thinking like a casino. Casinos have an edge and they know their percentage hit rate. They know they’re going to be winning a percentage of the time and wins are going to be a lot larger than their losses. They know what their statistics are over a large sample size. So you need to have a good sample size of trades to be able to make it statistically significant. The book discusses finding your edge and simply trading it.

3. What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars – Jim Paul & Brendan Moynihan

This book is a great read and the ego of the author in his early days of trading is amazing. Of course the market always has a way of bringing that back down, and in Jim Paul’s case, beating it down. He personalised his trades and let losses get out of control and along the way lost a fortune to learn key trading lessons. He provides a wealth of wisdom and insights in his book and aims to help other traders benefit from his lessons.

I highly recommend reading the foreword from the book by Jack Schwager. He really hits home the reality about trading and losing. He writes:

“No sane person would walk into a bookstore, go to a medical section, find a book on brain surgery, read it over the weekend and then believe he could walk into an operating room on Monday morning and perform successful brain surgery. …

Yet how many people do you know who would think that it is perfectly reasonable to walk into a bookstore, go the investment section, find a book with a title like How I made a Million Dollars Trading Stocks Last Year, read it over the weekend, and then start trading Monday morning and expect to beat the professionals at their own game….

Trading…is the only endeavour in which the rank amateur has a 50/50 chance of being right. Why? Because there are only two things you could do in trading: you can buy or you can sell. And, as a consequence, some portion of clueless beginners will get it right simply by chance—for a while. This potential for temporary success by pure luck beguiles people into thinking that trading is a lot easier than it is. The potential for even temporary success doesn’t exist in any other profession.

…Trading has this quirk that allows some people to be successful temporarily without true skill or an edge—and that fools people into mistaking luck for skill….

The truth is that trading, both successful and unsuccessful, is more about psychology than tactics….What winning traders share, however, is that they all understand that losing is part of the game, and they all have learned how to lose.”

The book reconfirms that the most important part of trading is your psychology, having a strategy to minimize losses and the need to have them documented in a trading plan.

All professional traders have different entry criteria and often opposing views. But one thing they all have in common is strong money management rules. Losses are all a part of the game of trading. It is most important though that you have a strategy to handle them. And most importantly, you act on it too.

4. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock MarketNicholas Darvas

This is another one of my favorite books and one of my Mastermind clients also recently read it and posted this on the Mastermind forum:

“I just finished “How I made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market” by Nicolas Darvas. He was an economist and then a dancer who fled the communists in Europe in the 1950’s for the US, and it’s the story of his trading and how he eventually achieved success in the markets. Love this paragraph towards the end when he’s finally made it (early 1960’s before the NASA space program etc)…  “It began to be a strange life. I sat in the Plaza every evening, reading my telegram and filing it. There was nothing further I could do. I felt elated and restless, but powerless. I was like a scientist who, after years of work and research, has successfully launched a rocket to the moon, and now as he tracks it climbing higher and higher he has a tremendous sense of achievement and also a strange let-down feeling of inactivity.”

I’ve read a lot of trading books and this was a really good one from a guy who describes what he actually did.

5. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level – Gay Hendricks

Do you have fears that hold you back in life? Or do you reach a certain point and then sabotage your success?

Take your trading as an example. It’s like you simply cannot make yourself consistently successful. Chances are you’ve reached your thermostat set point for success and believe that there’s nothing more you can reach. Thus, you begin to harbor some beliefs and fears that work against your success as a trader. This is what the author is trying to point out in his book.

The author discusses how we have a universal human tendency to sabotage ourselves when we have surpassed the artificial upper limit we have placed on ourselves. He calls it the “Upper Limit Problem” which is the effect of a very low thermostat setting we’ve set on our ability to achieve and enjoy our ultimate success.

We also create false fears and beliefs that hold us back from achieving real success. This may be fear around money and moving out of your comfort zone or staying in a dead end job. The earlier you can discover that you are encountering the “Upper Limit Problem” and find your zone of genius, the better chances you have of thriving.

This is a not a trading book per se but can be applied to trading and in many areas of your life. It is a must read for everyone.

Psychology Books: 8 Essential Psychology Books That Everyone Should Read

Psychology Books: 8 Essential Psychology Books That Everyone Should Read

Psychology Books

A good understanding of the fundamentals of psychology is essential to living a happy and successful life. As an introduction to psychology and neuroscience, we’ve compiled 8 books which are recommended as a primer to all modern psychological research.

These books cover everything from clinical psychology to consumer psychology, and everything in between. The study of the functions of the brain is fascinating and illuminating for anyone interested in why we do what we do.

8 Essential Psychology Books That Everyone Should Read

1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales – Oliver Sacks

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The man who mistook his wife for a hat is probably the most interesting clinical psychology books ever written. It is utterly fascinating to know that, as a result of a neurological condition, a man can actually mistake his wife for a hat and not realize it. In reading this book, you come to respect and appreciate the human brain as well as those who are struggling to deal with one of the conditions which Sacks explores.

2. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature – Steven Pinker

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This book deals with evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics. Its probably most interesting from a Freudian perspective as it deals deals with many of our unconscious instincts.

3. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Dan Ariely

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A great psychology book which covers unconscious decision-making, behavioral economics, and consumer psychology. A fun read.

4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini

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This is the most popular psychology book covering the science of persuasion. Its popular among business professionals and entrepreneurs.

5. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships – Daniel Goleman

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From the author of Emotional Intelligence, we get his follow up psychology book, Social Intelligence. It covers social neuroscience, mirror neurons and empathy. Its mainly packed with practical content mixed with easy to understand science.

6. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind – V. S. Ramachandran

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This is an easy to read book with some very helpful illustrations. Ramachandran has written a book that is both valuable to his peers and fascinating to everyone. This is a psychology book which will catch you up on all the major advances in neuroscience in the last 30 years.

7. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science – Norman Doidge M.D.

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This book covers neuro-plasticity which explains how experience shapes our brains. It includes some really remarkable case studies that make you wonder how powerful our brains really are.

8. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D., M.D. Burns

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This book is based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, one of the most prominent evidence-based treatments for psychological disturbances ranging from low self-esteem to schizophrenia.

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

There could be as many books written as opinions on which to read. This list is not at all exhaustive, but serves as a starting point for the inquisitive mind. These are all modern, easy to read books that don’t fill your brain with easily forgotten facts, but a way of thinking about the universe that makes you smarter.

Ranging from books based on science and new breakthroughs in psychological research, these books serve to awaken and enlighten you. If you’re only going to read 10 non fiction books, these books are all you need.

So, without further ado:

10 Easy To Read Books That Make You Smarter

1. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, tells the story of 15 billion years of cosmic history like no one else can. This book shows how broad and deep Carl’s interests extend and draws the reader into a world of fascination. Although the book is primarily about how science has developed in our society, the book touches on subjects such as historyphilosophy, religion, and cultures. The book is written in simple terms and is understandable to those without a background in science.

2. Outliers: The Story Of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers brings a crucial point that there is logic behind why some people become successful, and it has more to do with legacy and opportunity than high IQ. This important idea, shifts the concept of the smarter the better to point out what actually goes into making a successful person. Although Malcolm Gladwells methods have been brought into questioning in recent times, there’s no doubt that this book is a great starting point for anyone interested in evolutionary psychology.

3. A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

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This is the greatest guide, to what we all should have learned in high school and beyond. Through one giant narrative, Bill Bryson takes the reader to the many physical quarks and wonders of our universe. As far as science books go, this one is a must read for anyone interested in how and why we are here.

4. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are – Robert Wright

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Where do morals come from? Why do we do certain things?
These are the questions the book challenges from a new perspective. Taking the basic principle of evolution and finally applying it to the way we act as humans.

5. Thinking Fast And Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman presents the brain as we have never seen it. The basis of the book is simple. In judging the world around us, we use two mental systems: Fast and Slow. The Fast system (System 1) is mostly unconscious and makes snap judgments based on our past experiences and emotions. When we use this system we are as likely to be wrong as right. The Slow system (System 2) is rational, conscious and slow. They work together to give us a view of the world around us.

6. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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The lesson of this book is that we should be leery of trusting society’s or common wisdom. In other words, the book encourages us to keep our mind alert and break out of the mold in the way we see things. It introduces one of the most important topics which is differentiating correlation from causation.

7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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This is a great book about the power of habit and what we can do to change our habits in business, life, and society. The book is divided into three sections, first focusing on the individual, then companies, and finally societies.

8. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies – Jared Diamond

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the people’s of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their people’s. This book sheds light on why the Europeans advanced so much quicker than the rest of the world.

9. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher – Richard P. Feynman

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Physics can often be wrongly marred with hatred for its complexity and day to day social application. No one will ever come close to describing the fundamentals of our universe quite like Richard Feynman can. He is able to make physics intuitive, unlocking the many beauties for everyone to appreciate.

10. This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking – John Brockman

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What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?

This is the question John Brockman posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.