The most powerful reads are often the ones that inspire us to inspire others. Whether coaching is your full-time career, or you simply want to give effective life advice, we can all benefit from learning to connect with others and become better mentors.

Here are seven must-reads for any coach, counselor, or therapist — or anyone looking for some guidance to boost your happiness and success. Happy reading!

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is the iconic psychologist behind a number of best sellers, and in Blink, he explores the power of human observation and thinking patterns. This book is all about how we think without really thinking — and what goes into our natural instincts that happen in the blink of an eye. He’ll give you a new perspective on how the human brain works, and give you a better understanding of what’s going on in the minds of your clients, colleagues — even yourself.

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

Stanier is a personal development expert who feels that everyone would benefit from making coaching a regular part of our daily lives. Using seven core questions, he boils down coaching to a methodical practice that can apply to any field that involves mentorship. His strategies are tried and true, and his questions will help you guide others, no matter the subject.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

In his New York Times best seller, psychologist Adam Grant uses scientific proof and cultural anecdotes to explore the process of forming an idea, and actualizing it. Grant delivers practical advice about the power of speaking up and taking action. His helpful strategies and fascinating real-world applications make this a compelling page-turner, and an inspiring read.

Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin Hardy

We’re often told that willpower is the key to creating lasting change — but organizational psychologist Benjamin Hardy says we’re missing one major component: our surroundings. Hardy tackles the nurture versus nature debate in his book, and shows us all that we can alter our environments to find happiness and success.

Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days by Jonathan Alpert

Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert believes fear is the source of our unhappiness, and he wants to change that. Using a 28-day model, Alpert teaches us how to overcome fear with simple, applicable strategies. His tips are worth sharing with any client or a friend who is scared to take a leap.

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

Helping others often starts with self-reflection, and this book will allow you to do just that. Patel’s interactive book offers prompts that will help you nurture your mindfulness and creativity — whether you’re the client or the coach. It also makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who needs a burst of inspiration!

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

It’s a classic — and it reminds us of the power of finding a mentor. Everyone remembers that one person who helped guide you early on in your career, and the wisdom they provided. Most importantly: The relationship between Mitch and Morrie can teach us all how to be better friends, and ultimately, better mentors.

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  • Rebecca Muller Feintuch

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    Rebecca Muller Feintuch is the Senior Editor and Community Manager at Thrive. Her previous work experience includes roles in editorial and digital journalism. Rebecca is passionate about storytelling, creating meaningful connections, and prioritizing mental health and self-care. She is a graduate of New York University, where she studied Media, Culture and Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. For her undergraduate thesis, she researched the relationship between women and fitness media consumerism.