mindfulness books

By now, you’ve probably heard of mindfulness. The health and lifestyle benefits of mindfulness are well established, because they include regulating a healthy body and reducing stress. You might say that mindfulness is the antidote to a lot of modern-day problems. It’s easier for people who practice it regularly to find joy in the little, simple, day-to-day events in life.

For more about the power of mindfulness and to learn how to practice it, check out the 13 best mindfulness books:


1. The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

by Yongey Mingyur and Eric Swanson

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For millennia, Buddhists have enjoyed the limitless benefits of meditation. But how does it work? And why? The principles behind this ancient practice have long eluded some of the best minds in modern science. Until now. This book explains how it works and how you can import it into your life and make yourself happier.


2. Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

by Mark Williams and Danny Penman


There is a lot of buzz about mindfulness, but to benefit from it, you have to actively engage with it and apply it to your life. If you’re frantic and think you’re too busy to worry about mindfulness, this is probably going to be helpful for you.


 3. Being Divine: Open to Your Intuition

by Michelle L. Hankes


Being Divine is about knowing who you are. And to truly know yourself is to understand and pay attention to what you already know within – your own divine intuition coming through. Learn to trust and be present with your own knowledge and guidance as you begin to open up to the most powerful being in the Universe: You.


4. Peace, Bugs, and Understanding: An Adventure in Sibling Harmony

by Gail Silver and Youme Nguyen Ly


This kids’ book is an invaluable tool for parents and teachers, and will help children learn to understand the causes of their own strong emotions, while teaching them peaceful ways to resolve difficulties through mindfulness and meditation.


 5. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

by Chade-Meng Tan and Daniel Goleman


One of Google’s earliest engineers reveals a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work in this book. Now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country through this book. You no longer have to be one of Google’s top engineers to get the information here. This book will affect your health, happiness and creativity. It’s an invaluable guide to achieving your own best potential.


6. A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit

by Congressman, Tim Ryan


With serious issues facing the USA, it’s important that the citizens are fully functional. Stress, disease, financial hardship, and other problems mean that everyone needs to be more engaged and able to participate in finding solutions. Mindfulness has been emerging to help people do just that. The natural capabilities of our brains and minds, along with the core American values of self-reliance, determination, and getting the job done, can combine with the timeless practice of mindfulness to help find these solutions.


7. The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students

by Daniel Rechtschaffen


With attention spans waning and stress on the rise, many teachers are looking for new ways to help students concentrate, learn, and thrive. The Way of Mindful Education is a practical guide for cultivating attention, compassion, and well-being not only in these students, but also in teachers themselves.


8. Cultivating Lasting Happiness: A 7-Step Guide To Mindfulness

by Terry Fralich


Cultivating Lasting Happiness is the definitive practical guide to understanding mindfulness and integrating it into your life. Terry Fralich has created a path for developing the awareness and skills to minimize suffering and maximize positive states – all to enhance well-being. With insights, case examples, exercises, meditations and practice guides, you have all the tools to weave the seven steps of mindfulness into a beautiful tapestry… and a more creative and joyful way of life.


9. The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being

by Daniel J. Siegel


This is the first book ever to integrate neuroscience research with the ancient art of mindfulness. The result is a groundbreaking approach to mental health, and life in general. The many benefits are physiological, greater well-being, resilience, emotional balance, and improved cardiac and immune function.


10. The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life

by Elisha Goldstein


Alleviate stress, ease pain, cultivate emotional freedom, create a healthier brain, and find enlightenment with cutting-edge mindfulness techniques from The Now Effect. You can calm your mind, have greater focus at work, and feel more empathy toward yourself and others. The secret is in the spaces. To enhance and ease the reader experience, the text contains Microsoft tags of Dr. Goldstein demonstrating his exercises, and the ebook includes embedded videos.


11. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, and no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience.


12. Mindfulness in Plain English

by Bhante Henepola Gunaratania


With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people read, love, and share – a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

Bhante Gunaratana is also the author of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, and his memoir, Journey to Mindfulness.


13. Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics

by Gary Zukav

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Zukav has written the bible for those who are curious about the mind-expanding discoveries of advanced physics, but who have no scientific background.

Like the Wu Li masters who teach wonder for the falling petal before speaking of gravity, Zukav writes in beautiful, clear language — with no mathematical equations — opening our minds to the exciting new theories that are beginning to illuminate the ultimate nature of our universe: quantum mechanics, relativity, and beyond.

Mindfulness has burst on the literary scene like a dandelion bursting in the air, distributing seeds everywhere. In this awesome list of the best books on mindfulness, you should be able to find the perfect one for you.

Here’s to your health, success, and well-being!

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