I am so excited to read books with you!
Welcome to the first month of HR Book Club. Our theme for January is wellness, which means something different for everybody. Some people hear the word “wellness” and think detox, diet and exercise. Others think of spiritual journeys and Himalayan salt lamps. I think all of that sounds like too much work. Also, seems premature to look for wellness solutions without looking at why we develop unproductive habits in the first place.
For January, the HR Book Club offers a choice between two books that focus on wellness. You remember the rules? Read one, read both, or read something else. I’ll write a blog post each Monday about my progress with the books, and we’ll come together on January 31st on the internet (TBD) to discuss the books and the wellness industry as a whole.
The first book is Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. It’s by Brené Brown. She’s writing about disconnection, loneliness, and social isolation. How do you make a difference in the world while also being okay when others don’t accept you? If it sounds depressing, it’s not. Her style is accessible and easy to read. Brené is speaking at WorkHuman, and I’m personally excited to read this book.
Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? Want to read something else? Let’s do it. Here’s another option.
You can’t read an article about work without someone telling you to meditate. The second book we’re reading is Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. It’s by Dan Harris, who is a pragmatic dude. He wants you to meditate without going to yoga or giving up your personal spiritual beliefs. It’s a quick read for those of you who want something faster and lighthearted.
Don’t like either of those books? No big deal. Don’t read them. Read something else. Share your ideas below, or join the challenge on Goodreads, too!
Now here’s the fun part: I’m launching HRBooks.com in the next few weeks, and, remember, we’re coming together to talk about the books on January 31st. Put that on your calendar. Just block out the whole day, ha!
You can read 12 books in 2018. Let’s start with one of the books above, and reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you get stuck. We are in this together!