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Jonathan Field’s Five Essential Books for Living a Good Life

Who wants to live a good life? I know I do. But if anyone has insights into how to, it’s Jonathan Fields. He’s the force behind Good Life Project, a community that brings together thousands of friendly, connected and engaged people known as “GLeePers.” (You can learn more about that here.) He’s also the author of How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom, which offers a simple model for a life well lived, along with a series of daily invitations to try on, to see how they work in your own life.

Thanks, Jonathan, for being my guest blogger today. Be sure to follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonathanfields.

Book 1: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By Brené Brown
This book challenges you to stand in a place of vulnerability, and reframes vulnerability as a source of strength, not weakness or shame.

Book 2: The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

By Michael Bungay Stanier
This book offers a set of questions that allow you to get to the heart of the matter in any conversation, and then to best support those you interact with.

Book 3: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

By Robert Cialdini

This book reveals the hidden drivers of behaviour and social dynamics that let you understand the conversation underneath any conversation.

Book 4: When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi
This book reconnects you with an understanding of the nuances and challenges of standing in the work you’re here to do, with the mandate to do it now, to live while you’re alive. The epilogue by Paul’s wife, Lucy, will destroy you in the best of ways.

Book 5: Man’s Search for Meaning

By Viktor Frankl
This book brings you back to meaning as a core metric of a life well lived, and a way to reframe suffering.



Meet Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields is on a quest to inspire possibility. A New York City dad, husband, entrepreneur and award-winning author, he founded the mission-driven media and education venture Good Life Project, where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected and vital lives; produce a top-rated podcast and video series with millions of downloads and views in more than 150 countries; and offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses. His new book, How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom, offers a gateway to a life of meaning, connection and vitality.



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