• Jack Graves

These 5 Books Have Defogged My Mind, Fixed My Posture, Got Me Fit AF & Helped Me Find Love!

I know what you're thinking! I'd love to smoke what you're smoking, right?

The title sounds presumptuous, clickbait-ey, an outright lie even. But, you clicked. You're here, which means something about this title appealed to you, there is a part of you that wants to believe these outlandish claims. Guess what? I'm not into fiction, so read on, I promise you won't be disappointed...

Lately, I have talked, ok, ok, fine, obsessed, and here again, about how I have been trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle, and I am not going to lie to you, it hasn’t been easy, at all (but I haven’t quit, I promise). So for today, I fancied talking about something a little easier: reading.

Luckily, although I was not gifted with athletic skills, I am very good at reading. If reading is brain training, mine must already look like freaking Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Do you even read, bro?

It all started when I was very young and my mom bought me the first Harry Potter books (thanks mom). Although I don't recommend giving those books to young children to read, no one talks about how terrifying they are. I mean, giant snakes, werewolves... that shit SCARY.

Maybe they’re not, maybe I'm just a crying baby.

The thing is, as scared as I was, I developed the habit of reading and today I try to read about things that will help me in real life. So in the last few months, I made a point of reading mental health books that REALLY work, not like those cheap self-help books.

So, in no specific order, here is a list of some books that I have read that can help you on a day-to-day basis.

Own the Day Own Your Life, by Aubrey Marcus

Aubrey Marcus is basically a swole Tony Stark who does CrossFit.

Own the Day, Own Your Life is like an instruction manual for our body and mind. Marcus tries to explain to you how you can make the most of your life and your time every day, from the second you wake up until you go to sleep.

I know it sounds a bit unrealistic but at least Aubrey Marcus is not playing around, none of that pseudo-hippie talk of loving yourself so that the universe will reward you. Reading this book is like a gym trainer yelling in your ear, GET THE F*CK UP AND DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE TODAY.

The book is full of small daily goals that you can achieve in a short time, and step by step you can build a healthier and more productive lifestyle. It doesn't matter if you don't exercise, if you just study or work, you have a family, this can help you. Little lifehacks ranging from how to sleep to having sex (not a joke).

I don't know about you, but I needed the energy that this book transmits, it really makes you want to get out of your chair and do something.

Eat Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson

The premise of Eat Smarter is very simple: how you eat is how you will feel, if you eat well, you will feel good. That's it.

Here's the tricky part: knowing how to eat well is pretty tricky, it's not as easy as skipping McDonald's three times a week and eating an apple every now and then.

Eat Smarter is a 30-day plan that will help you lose weight, reset your metabolism and develop a healthy diet whose results you will see not only in your appearance but also in your mental health.

Stevenson is the host of the famous podcast The Model Health Show, which I also highly recommend. He explains to you in his book how through food, you can regulate brain functions, so if you learn to eat strategically, it is like learning to hack your brain. If we eat well we can regulate our emotions more efficiently, we make better decisions, we interact better with others and we can even make more money. Imagine eating a salad and earning $100, that's CRAZY!

Well, it's not as simple as that, but you get the idea.

The Align Method, by Aaron Alexander

Did you know that you have been standing wrong all this time? I didn't know until I read this book.

At first, it may seem like a manual on how to exercise better (booooooring) and have a sculptural body (hmm...) but that's thankfully not all. Aaron Alexander is a movement coach (which I didn't know existed until recently either), Aaron explains in his book how having a good posture can help you reduce stress, relieve pain and find your soulmate.

Yes, you read that right!

With some simple principles such as good posture, breathing, walking, and hip-hinging, you can achieve an optimal physical state that will be reflected in a healthier mind, better mood, self-confidence and better decision-making.

It's really fun to read, and the best part is that you don't need to go to a gym, have training equipment, or be an Olympic athlete. The Align Method can be achieved only with everyday elements and with commitment and dedication.

Sapiens, Homo Deus, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari

This can be taken as a trilogy of human history. I mean they are three separate, but very interconnected books.

Yuval Noah Harari is a world-renowned Israeli historian. In these three books, he tries to give us a much more transcendental idea of ​​our existence in a scientific way.

In Sapiens, he explores our entire history as a species. Why of all the species similar to ours only Homo Sapiens prevailed? This book gives you a new insight into how to see ourselves, what it means to be human, and how we got to be who we are today.

In Homo Deus, we explore what is in store for us as a species. Seeing how in the world we trade famine, disease, and war for technological advances, we get closer to being a godlike species: Homo Deus.

And finally, in 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, he answers the very complicated question: what now? You already read about your past, you already read about your future, what are you supposed to do now? In 21 chapters, Harari will try to explain what it is like to live in an era of constant change and advancement and make sense of everything you learned in the two previous books.

Reading these books made me see the bigger picture, ask myself more important questions, and made me rethink many things in my life. I hope the same happens to you, have fun!

Becoming Supernatural, by Dr Joe Dispenza

This book is perhaps the most mystical of all but at the same time the one that feels most real. Dr Dispenza will teach you how to make your everyday life extraordinary.

We are supernatural beings with supernatural abilities. Through listening and meditation, we can find these powers and do incredible things with our brain. You can enhance your memory, your creativity, your concentration and practically all your brain activity by discovering the mystical and spiritual side of yourself.

Maybe at first, it all seems very cosmic and fictional, but little by little you begin to realize how your perception can change everything. I have never been more inspired to accomplish great things than when I finished this book.

These are my top picks that have helped me in both mind and body. Let me know if you decide to get one, or all - of these, or drop a comment if you've read any of these. I would love to hear your take!


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