Three Books to Maintain Positivity

This month at Sleep Number, we’re focusing on mindfulness and transition. Three of our brand ambassadors have shared their book recommendations along with their insights as to why you might want to read them. Topics range from happiness to managing change to taking a more positive approach to work. We hope our picks inspire you!


The Happiness Project – Sarah R., Public Relations Manager

What is The Happiness Project about?

“This book is based on a blog by author Gretchen Rubin. Each chapter is about something she did during a 12-month project that focuses on different self-help topics. Every month she would build off a certain topic and then add a new one. It’s a self-help book, but so much more than that because it’s truly authentic, hilarious and focuses on things that truly matter in your life.”

In what way has this book impacted you?

“There are things in my everyday life that eat up time. I learned it’s okay to say no to things that don’t add a ton of value to your life..”

Why should everyone read this book?

“If you want to be happy and have more fun, this is the best investment of your time. If you find yourself struggling, it’s a way to see through all that mud and see the forest through the trees. Gretchen really helps to pull you up by focusing in on what really matters in life. It’s not just for people who are sad, but maybe you’re struggling to find more meaning and be healthier.”

What other books would you recommend?

“I’m in a book club, so I’ve read so many. One that I’m currently reading is You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney, which is a book about why we make decisions.”

How do you eat an Oreo?

“Take the Oreo apart, then break the non-cream side into 4 pieces. Scrape the filling off and eat those like chips and salsa—and then I eat the remaining cookie by itself. If I don’t eat it that way, they are best in a shake!”


Switch – Jon K., Organizational Effectiveness Consultant

What is Switch about?

“It’s about how to deal with change. It’s very practical; it gives you a three-step approach to dealing with change that’s easy to follow and taps into how people operate. It tells stories about people who have created meaningful change and have led others to create change as well.”

In what way has this book impacted you?

“When I read it, it makes sense. It talks about how we are all emotional and rational beings and how those two often conflict with each other. If you can get those two things to align, you can accomplish great things.”

Why should everyone read this book?

“I think everyone should read this book because everyone deals with change—whether you realize it or not. This is a great book for that.”

What other books would you recommend?

Deep Change by Robert E. Quinn. This book is about leadership. I read it during my last semester of grad school. It stuck with me because it talks a lot about going through hard experiences that you might not bring upon yourself, but they happen to you to help you reach the next chapter/phase in your life. You look back at those experiences and think, ‘That really stunk, but look where I am now.’ I felt like I lived it while I read it. If someone is feeling stuck, this book is a really good one.”

How do you eat an Oreo?

“I split it in half and dip each side in the milk. I want to feel the frosting rather than the top of the cookie.”


Love Is the Killer App – Sarah P., Sr. Manager Social & SEO

What is Love Is the Killer App about?

“It’s about a positive approach to your own professional development. The author talks about creating professional love in the work environment, called ‘lovecats.’ There are three main components to a ‘love cat’—knowledge, expanding your network, and sharing compassion. It’s a very positive approach to how you build your career.

In what way has this book impacted you?

“It’s really energized me to read more. My kids really love to read. Modeling that behavior has just become our family dynamic. I’m excited as a manager to have my team read this book and see what they can get out of it. This book would help everyone in their career.”

Why should everyone read this book?

“If you want to excel in business and be valued for your ideas, this book is for you. It’s a positive way to advance in your career by helping others in your organization.”

What other books would you recommend?

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, which is about a woman’s self-inspection and trying new things.”

How do you eat an Oreo?

“I don’t because I’m allergic to them. Ha ha! They need to make gluten-free Oreos!”


 

It’s never too late to change your habitsRead, 5 Ways To Be More Mindful, Well-Rested And Productive At Work.