Whistles Book Club: Essential mindfulness titles


As World Mental Health Day approaches on the 10th October, we have curated a list of must-reads that explore health and happiness, as well as titles that open discussions around self-awareness and mindfulness.

Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

When did you last feel joy? Changing your surroundings is the most easily accessible source in finding joy, says Ingrid Fetell Lee, former Design Director of IDEO New York. In Joyful, she explains it's time to open our eyes to the physical world and claims by making small but powerful changes to the things around us, we can live happier, healthier lives.  

How to Relax, How to Walk, How to Love, How to Eat series by Thich Nhat Hanh

A new series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practice. These books guide us in achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress and renewing mental clarity. 

The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi

Shahroo Izadi has a revolutionary message: treating yourself kindly is the only way to make changes that last. Professional training coupled with personal experience led her to develop The Kindness Method™, where traditional strict regimes are turned upside down to leave you feeling empowered, positive and ready to embrace change. 

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organisations and culture, from the bestselling author of Rising Strong. This book offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. 

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Like many of us, Ryder Carroll tried everything to stay calm and get organised – countless apps, systems, planners, you name it. Nothing really worked. Then he invented his own simple system that required only pen and paper, which he found both effective and calming. His book promotes ways to minimise your workload and tackle your to-do list with a more mindful approach.

I am Here Now by the Mindfulness Project

I am Here Now will inspire you to explore your world with greater curiosity and find moments of mindfulness in everyday life, while unleashing your creativity along the way. You can also practise meditation with the I am Here Now audio track, guided by internationally renowned mindfulness teacher Tara Brach. 

How to be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci 

Who am I? What am I doing? How ought I live my life? Stoicism teaches us to acknowledge our emotions, reflect on what causes them and redirect them for our own good. Whoever we are, we can take something away from stoicism and learn from this book’s practical tips exercises and meditations.

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she would never feel pure joy again. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. It then goes on to explore how range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy.