Hygge is so 2017—Lykke is new Scandinavian wellness buzzword.
Being up to date on all things health andwellnessis social andcultural currencythese days. And while quick-hit news bites are great, in-depth readsare still a worthy pursuit. Many non-fiction reads come out every month, though, and it can feel overwhelming to cut through the clutter. That’s why we started the Furthermore book clubin March. In our tenth installment, we curated this list of five we think are worth reading this December.
the book: <i>why you eat what you eat</i>
The Gist: Herz, who teaches at Brown University and Boston College, explores the “budding field of neurogastronomy—the scientific endeavor to understand the interactions between our brain, food, and eating.” She examines seeming mysteries like why we eat less food when it’s cut up into small pieces.
The Gist: Running coach and physical therapist Jay Dicharry’s devotees include Alan Webb, the American record holder in the mile (3:46.91). But Dicharry’s new book lays out 15 easy-to-follow “rewire workouts” that can help anyone “run faster, longer, stronger and with fewer injuries,” whether you’re looking to complete your first 5K or your twentieth marathon.
The Gist: Wiking, author of the hygge manifesto The Little Book of Hygge, returns with a follow-up book that explores lykke, the Danish word for “happiness.” And as CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, he’s ably suited. Wiking identifies the six factors that have the most impact on happiness and offers simple prescriptions inspired by different cultures, including shinrin-yoku, the Japanese concept of “forest bathing.”
The Gist: The hosts of the popular podcast and public radio show The Dinner Party Download offer a spirited “call to arms against brunch,” with unexpected reasons for throwing a dinner party (it’s oxytocin-promoting, for one). The humorous guide hand-holds hesitant hosts through every phase, “from guest list to subpoena.”
the book: <i>you’re not that great (but neither is anyone else)</i>
The Gist: Reality-show producer Elan Gale, who’s behind The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, offers an unusual “self-help” book. In his trademark love-it or hate-it acerbic tone, Gale ridicules the power of positive thinking, and instead shows how negative thoughts including anger, fear, and self-loathing can be used “to live your best life”—show biz anecdotes included.