Well-Being This Week: Health benefits of reading

Thursday, June 3, 2021
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Each week, eJournal highlights a wellness resource to bring attention to the helpful organizations, articles and websites that are available for members or anyone who may need assistance.

Looking for a good beach read this summer? No matter what book you choose, reading has been shown to have several benefits for your well-being. Check out this article to learn more about how reading books improves stress, anxiety, sleep and even communication skills:

Want to take your reading wellness to the next level? Here are 10 of the best-selling wellness books on the market right now:

  1. Practicing Mindfulness, by Matthew Sockolov
    Seventy-five essential meditations to reduce stress, improve mental health and find peace in every day.

  2. Self-Love Workbook for Women, by Megan Logan MSW LCSW
    Release self-doubt, build self-compassion, and embrace who you are.

  3. What Happened to You?, by Bruce D. Perry MD PhD and Oprah Winfrey
    An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.

  4. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk MD
    How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

  5. You Will Get Through This Night, by Daniel Howell
    A practical guide to taking control of your mental health for today, tomorrow and the days after.

  6. Make Your Bed, by Admiral William H. McRaven (ret.)
    Little things that can change your life … and maybe the world.

  7. Stop Overthinking, by Nick Trenton
    Twenty-three techniques to relieve stress, stop negative spirals, declutter your mind, and focus on the present.

  8. Atomic Habits, by James Clear
    An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones.

  9. Out of the Cave, by Chris Hodges
    Stepping into the light when depression darkens what you see.

  10. The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
    Eradicating bad habits, installing key disciplines, and real, lasting keys to motivation.
Find additional wellness resources on the MBA's Health & Well-Being page, which was launched in April 2020 to support member wellness during COVID-19. It features helpful resources for coping with stress, anxiety, panic, substance use disorder and more during the pandemic, with links provided by the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Program, as well as the MBA’s own Lawyer Well-Being Committee.