New Habit Mindset

Live Better. Smarter. More Fulfilled



1.   Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference. In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed. (Amazon)




2.   Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does-and how that affects every aspect of life.  (Amazon)



3.   Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive in, a complex world.  (Amazon)



4.   Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith
Our reactions don’t occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment—the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent. So often the environment seems to be outside our control. Even if that is true, as Goldsmith points out, we have a choice in how we respond. (Amazon)

5.   The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work  by Shawn Achor

“We’ve been taught that if we work hard, we will be successful, and then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, get a raise, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around. ”  Shawn Achor


1.   The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.

This inspirational book is a synthesis of Rosamund Stone Zander’s knowledge of cutting-edge psychology and Benjamin Zander’s experiences as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Infused with the energy of their dynamic partnership, the book joins together Ben’s extraordinary talent as a mover and shaker, teacher, and communicator with Rosamund’s genius for creating innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.  (Amazon)

2.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen Covey

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations. (Amazon)



3.  The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It by David Niven PhD

Now the bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series distills the scientific findings of over a thousand of the most important studies on happiness into easy-to-digest nuggets of advice. (Amazon)



4.    The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.  (Amazon)

5.     A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient–Powered by the Science of Games by Jane McGonigal

In this book, McGonigal reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games—including video games, sports, and puzzles—change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She explains how we can cultivate new powers of recovery and resilience in everyday life simply by adopting a more “gameful” mindset.   (Amazon)

Emotional Well-Being

1.   Emotional Agility:  Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David

Emotional agility is a revolutionary, science-based approach that allows us to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. (Amazon)

2. Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore

  This remarkable team shows you how to use the innate organizational power of your brain to make your life less stressful, more productive and rewarding. You’ll learn how to:

–Regain control of your frenzy
–Embrace effective uni-tasking (because multitasking doesn’t work)
–Fluidly shift from one task to another
—Use your creativity to connect the dots  (Amazon)

3.  Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Niff

More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients—and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living. (Amazon)

4. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris

 After having a nationally televised panic attack Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes A lifelong nonbeliever he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor a mysterious self help guru and a gaggle of brain scientists Eventually Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset the incessant insatiable voice in his head which had propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak out. (Amazon)

5.   Working with You is Killing Me by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster

 Two well-respected management experts deliver an authoritative manual that provides valuable insights for turning conflicts in the workplace into productive working relationships.  (Amazon)





1.   What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Bolles

In today’s challenging job market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work–and which don’t. (Amazon)

2.   Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve by Liz Ryan

Whether you’re entering the workplace or looking to switch careers, you can get the perfect job if you step off the beaten path and follow the approaches insiders use to gain access to the best positions. Reinvention Roadmap is the colorful, fun, irreverent, and deeply practical guide to getting the job you want and building the career of your dreams. (Amazon)


3. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

There is an online assessment you can take.  I did do this and found it helpful. This is not a paid endorsement and I don’t receive any compensation. (Amazon)




4.   Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

 The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise. (Amazon)

5.    The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. (Amazon)


1.    How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time. (Amazon)

2.   To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel Pink

Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now. (Amazon)

3.   You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

 From the author of New York Times bestseller You’re Wearing That? this bestselling classic work draws upon groundbreaking research by an acclaimed sociolinguist to show that women and men live in different worlds, made of different words. (Amazon)

4.   Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone

 Based on fifteen years of research at the Harvard Negotiation Project, Difficult Conversations walks you through a step-by-step proven approach to having your toughest conversations with less stress and more success. (Amazon)


5.   The Power of a Positive No: Save The Deal Save The Relationship and Still Say No by William Ury

  In today’s world of high stress and limitless choices, the pressure to give in and say Yes grows greater every day, producing overload and overwork, expanding e-mail and eroding ethics. Never has No been more needed. A Positive No has the power to profoundly transform our lives by enabling us to say Yes to what counts–our own needs, values, and priorities. (Amazon)


1. Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
“If you think money doesn’t buy happiness, then you’re just not spending it right. In this lively and engaging book, Dunn and Norton use the latest scientific research to show how you can get a bigger emotional bang for your hard-earned bucks. Happy Money isn’t a purchase; it’s an investment—and a shrewd one at that.”—Daniel Gilbertauthor of Stumbling on Happiness


2. The Debt Escape Plan: How to Free Yourself From Credit Card Balances, Boost Your Credit Score, and Live Debt-Free by Beverly Harzog

“Beverly Harzog knows what it takes to break free from credit-card debt because she’s done it herself. In The Debt Escape Plan, she offers proven strategies, motivational tools, and just the right touch of humor to keep you inspired all the way to the end of your get-out-of-debt journey.”
Liz Weston, personal finance columnist and author of Your Credit Score

3. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman

“Unlike other finance books, this one is accessible and addresses real problems. In her usual passionate tone, Orman counsels how to consolidate student loans, how to squeeze a bit more money out of your paycheck if you’re making just enough to get by, how to deal practically with credit-card debt, how to shop for a new or used car, what type of auto insurance to purchase, and how to focus on getting the right job.” —The Hartford Courant

4. Minimalist Budget: Simple Strategies On How To Save More, Spend Less, And Curb Spending Temptation (Without Living On Ramen) by Zoe McKey

Are you struggling with debt and saving money? Can’t say no to the tempting sales even though you know better? Has budget has gone off track? Where the heck did your money go? You’re not alone. Minimalist Budget will help you to turn your bloated expenses into a well-toned budget, spending on exactly what you need and nothing else. (Amazon)

5. The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

 “Mr. Tobias’s ideas about saving money — you can’t build a portfolio without savings — are his real gems. And the reason for that is his approach. He combines humor — it starts with the dedication, “to my broker — even if he has, from time to time, made me just that” — with common sense presented in an uncommon way.”—New York Times



The Creative Brain by Ned Herrmann

Filled with personal anecdotes, data, useful charts and practical, easy-to-apply models, it will inspire and entertain readers while showing them how to enhance creativity at both the individual and organizational levels. (Amazon)

2.   Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono
Used successfully by thousands of business managers, educators, and government leaders around the world, Six Thinking Hats offers a practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas.



3.  The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career. (Amazon)




4.  Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

IDEO founder and Stanford creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us. (Amazon)

5.   A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool–one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioningdeeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”–can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. (Amazon)


1.   The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People by Dan  Buettner

Bestselling author, longevity expert, and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner reports on health, fitness, diet, and aging, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities–Blue Zones–around the globe. (Amazon)


2.    Dr. Judith Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness by Judith Orloff

In her groundbreaking book, Dr. Orloff leads readers to the heart of a radical revolution in health care: the union of medicine and intuition, of body, mind, and soul. Intuition plays an indispensable role in self-diagnosis, pain control, immune response, and recovery from acute and chronic illness; it can lead you to breakthroughs in anxiety, panic, depression, and other emotional blockages, even when traditional psychotherapy has failed

3.    The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction  by Pamela Peake

In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses the latest neuroscience to explain how unhealthy food and behavioral “fixes” have gotten us ensnared in a vicious cycle of overeating and addiction. She even shows that dopamine rushes in the bodywork exactly the same way with food as with cocaine. Luckily, we are all capable of rewiring, and the very same dopamine-driven system can be used to reward us for healthful, exciting, and fulfilling activities.  (Amazon)

4.   Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing by Herbert Benson and William Proctor

Recent scientific breakthroughs—demonstrating that mind body strategies can actually “switch off” or “switch on” gene activity associated with health and disease—have triggered a mind body revolution in the medical world.  (Amazon)



5.  Disease-Proof: Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and More–by 80 Percent by David Katz and Stacy Colino  

Dr. Katz arms us with skillpower: a proven, user-friendly set of tools that helps us make simple behavioral changes that have a tremendous effect on our health and well-being.




 Gift Books

Below are gifts books I have written and available through, a print-on-demand publisherSpecial Note: Print-on-demand books cost more because printing is done in custom quantities just for you. Blurb does offer special pricing up to 50% throughout the year.  Watch for their specials.  


Be the Hope: Celebrating 10 years of beating advanced cancer

This a collection of poems and collages created to commemorate my 10-year anniversary of beating advanced colon cancer under the age of 40.



Lyrics to Live By: 25 songs to uplift your soul

This book was influenced by my exposure to positive psychology and provided a way to explore photography as a medium and collaborate with my son and husband.




Lessons from the Cradle: What my new baby taught me.

This book was actually written almost 18 years ago when I gave birth to my one and only son.  Inspired by putting closure to this unfinished project and celebrating the birth of a colleague’s first baby,  I finally completed this little gift book.


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