13 Must Reads for 2022

Janice Tovey
2 min readDec 23, 2021

Less stress; more happiness.

We all agree that 2021 was an anxious year. Bizarre politics, fake news, unstable weather, and let’s not forget Covid! Definitely a most challenging and unpredictable 365 days.

We do not possess the ability to control everything. This is common sense. Rising prices, Omicron, housing, employment instability, and unique health challenges are the realities of the human experience in this new world!

While we make attempts to eat healthy, exercise, rest, and reduce our stress, sometimes these well intentioned strategies fall short.

When we are physically ill we lean toward doctors, when our teeth ache we turn to dentists, and in times of spiritual uncertainty we eye religion and spirituality.

And in times of great uncertainty, we may find ourselves turning to the field of psychology for possible answers; the scientific study of the mind and behavior. In other words, why we wonderful humans behave the way do.

The subject of anxiety has been a headliner for the past couple of years. And with good reason!

I would like to share with you something a little different; the latest information coming out of the field of what is known as “positive psychology.” The part of psychology that studies the ways to enhance the human experience by helping us achieve, connect and thrive.

Now that sounds good doesn’t it. “Studies the ways to enhance the human experience by helping us achieve, connect and thrive.”

Let’s look a little closer.

This branch of psychology is referred to as POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY.

UC Berkeley has a Greater Good Science Center. This center is in the forefront of research on positive psychology. Every year it gathers the very best positive psychology books from the past 12 months.

It has just published its latest list.

If you are ready to take a glimpse into this fascinating area of human behavior; here is the list of the 13 best books for 2022!

  1. Sweet Spot by Paul Bloom
  2. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
  3. Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer
  4. Trauma by Paul Conti
  5. Think Again by Adam Grant
  6. Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta
  7. Saving Us by Katharine Hayhoe

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Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.