I highly recommend the following books. They are wonderful places to gain greater insight as to how your brain works and how you can use the exercises described on this site to change your brain to become an Optimistic Brain. All these books are VERY practical.
An all around GREAT book. It discusses many ways to look at life in a compassionate way. It discusses the latest scientific findings to prove this stuff really works!
Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. A MUST READ!!
A great book about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Which is really just a fancy way of saying – “Lessons to create better thoughts by looking at your beliefs more realistically.”
Real Happiness is one of the best books about Meditation out there. Sharon Saltzberg discusses many types of Meditation and it also includes an audio CD containing guided Meditations.
Louise Hay is one of the most popular practitioners of Affirmations. This book discusses wonderful ways to look at your life in a different manner.
Pema Chodron is a master at explaining how NOT to get caught up in the drama of life. She talks about being present and just staying with whatever situation arises.
When you feel like you are stuck in a rut then this book is for you. It’s a great lesson in how to just be with the present moment and what that will bring to your well being.
The teachings of the Tao are laid out in a beautiful way in this book. Dr. Dyer discusses all 81 versus in the Tao Te Ching. Don’t get wigged out by all of this – the book is very easy to understand and implement in your everyday life.
Dan Siegel is one of the most respected mindfulness and brain researches. His practical approach to mindfulness is scientifically based and millions have benefited from what he has written.
Anxiety and Depression Program
Here is a great program that talks to Anxiety and Depression. It is a guided program which uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a basis:
Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Interactive DVD Program
Here is a great program that talks to Anxiety and Panic Attacks. It is a guided program which gives you a powerful tool called the “One Step Program” to eliminate panic attacks by allowing your body to simply BE with the fear (in fact you call it’s bluff) and when nothing happens i.e. you didn’t collapse or loose your mind etc… this proves that it was all in your head. When you no longer believe the fear is real you will no longer have panic attacks. This interactive program also has guided meditations and visualizations that are awesome.