DCT Wellbeing Reading List

Whether you want to dive into the neuroscience of our perception, or digest centuries-old Japanese wisdom to help you find beauty in imperfection, DCT’s wellness reading list will have something for you.

With wellbeing methods as diverse as the individuals that practice them, the journey of mindfulness is a cluttered one. This list of 18 books has been recommended by our own staff who use their learnings in both their personal and professional lives.

One of our staff members said, “The techniques outlined in The Wim Hof Method triggered my journey into a self-aware mode of living and were the catalyst for a morning routine that improves my mood all day.”.

That self-aware mode of living not only allows us to lead a more happy and healthy life, but also affords us a deeper understanding of how we affect the people and communities around us. As we improve ourselves, we can improve our world.

We have included online purchasing links in our list below but if you'd like to support your local, independent book shop, you can find a great list here: https://uk.bookshop.org/

The journey of self-growth is not done alone.

Book List:

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-power-of-now/eckhart-tolle/9780340733509

Waterlog by Roger Deakin;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/waterlog/roger-deakin/9780099282556

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Cranfield;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/chicken-soup-for-the-soul/jack-canfield/mark-victor-hansen/9780091819569

Finding Joy by Gary Andrews;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/finding-joy/gary-andrews/9781529338133

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-hidden-life-of-trees/peter-wohlleben/9780008218430

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/where-the-crawdads-sing/delia-owens/9781472154668

Lost Connections by Johann Hari;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/lost-connections/johann-hari/9781408878729

The Wim Hof Method by Wim Hof;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-wim-hof-method/wim-hof/9781846046308

The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-chimp-paradox/prof-steve-peters/9780091935580

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-power-of-habit/charles-duhigg/9781847946249

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/seven-and-a-half-lessons-about-the-brain/lisa-feldman-barrett/9781529018646

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-midnight-library/matt-haig/9781786892737

Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/mindset-updated-edition/dr-carol-dweck/9781472139955

The Art of Being Brilliant: A Cope;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-art-of-being-brilliant-transform-your-life-by-doing-what-works-for-you/a-cope/9780857083715

Taming Tigers by Jim Lawless;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/taming-tigers/jim-lawless/9780753539910

Happy Moments by Meik Wiking;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/happy-moments/meik-wiking/9780241508701

Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Beth Kempton;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/wabi-sabi/beth-kempton/9780349421001

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles;

https://www.waterstones.com/book/ikigai/hector-garcia/francesc-miralles/9781786330895

Do you have a book that has helped you on your wellness journey? We are always looking for new reads and we would love to hear about it! Email info@devoncommunities.org.uk or send us a message on our socials!

Here are a few comments from DCT staff:

“The Chimp Paradox gave me a unique perspective how to view my bad habits and how to begin to alter them.”.

"The book, Happy Moments by Meik Wiking was fantastic to read. It provided me with great insight into how memories are formed and stored as well as how we can create happy and meaningful moments. One way is to make the moment multisensory and to go beyond sight to include sounds, scents, touch and taste. I now give this book to family and friends for them to read. I can highly recommend the Happy Moments book!"