Click below to download a PDF list of my favorite resources, which includes books, audios, and websites

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Cultivating Resilience, Choosing Happiness and

Utilizing Neuroscience to Develop Greater Well-Being

How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People- their Secrets, their Stories by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience  by Linda Graham, MFT

Awakening Joy   by James Baraz

[The ideas in Awakening Joy are also offered in a 12 month online course for a very reasonable price.]

Buddha’s Brain; The Practical Neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom by Rick Hanson, PhD and Richard Mendius, MD

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence  by Rick Hanson


Additional resources for learning how to bounce back from adversity

Broken Open:  How Difficult Times Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser

Bounce: Living the Resilient Life [Hardcover]  by Robert J. Wicks

Awakening at Midlife [Paperback] by Kathleen Brehony


Resources for beginners with mindfulness and meditation

Insight Timer– Free app offering many guided meditations of all types and also a handy timer that you can set with your own preferences for back ground sound, bells, gongs, etc.

One Minute Mindfulness   by Donald Altman

50 simple ways to find peace, clarity and new possibilities in a stressed-out world.

Mindfulness in Plain English  by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Step by step introduction to meditation and mindfulness.. One of the best!

The Mindful Way Through Depression; Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness  by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Even if you aren’t struggling with depression, this book is a wonderful resource for those first learning the value of meditation.  The accompanying CD is great for people just learning how to meditate.

Sharon Salzberg has written numerous helpful books about learning to meditate, but I suggest her audio CD’s which include explanations and helpful guided meditations.

This is a Ted Talk called “All it Takes is Ten Minutes to Mindfulness.”


Parenting Resources- raising resilient children & teens

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dan Siegel

The Whole Brain Child; 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive  by Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel’s website has great resources for parents that utilize his knowledge about brain science in a very understandable way for parents. His website also has video and audio for free.  Check out the Wheel of Awareness meditation and the video that explains Dan Siegel’s Hand model of the brain, which is something even kids can understand.

Raising Happiness:  Ten Simple Step for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents   by Christine Carter

  • The best way to avoid raising a brat—changing bad habits into good ones.
  • tips on how to change your kids’ attitude into gratitude.
  • the trap of trying to be perfect—and how to stay clear of its pitfalls.
  • the right way to praise kids—and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough.
  • the spirit of kindness—how to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children.
  • strategies for inspiring kids to do boring (but necessary) tasks-and become more self motivated in the process.

Complete with “try this,” science-made-simple tips, scripts, and strategies, Raising Happiness is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you instill joy in your kids, and, in the process, become more joyful yourself.

Christine Carter also has an interesting website and a newletter.


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

The Blessings of a B Minus by Wendy Vogel, PhD.

The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, PhD.

 NYTimes: What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? by Paul Tough