The Books That Can Help You Make The Best Decisions of Your Life

by Ivana Hamilton February 21, 2019

The Books That Can Help You Make The Best Decisions of Your Life

“To be, or not to be,” is a question you most likely get every day. Well, maybe not in these exact words, but it’s hanging around you from the moment you open your eyes in the morning. Hit snooze once - not to be. Hit snooze twice - not to be. Hit snooze… Are you a snooze person? How many times do you hit the magic button every morning? If only you kept the promises you made to yourself before going to bed! It’s so frustrating - you want to get up and do all the wonderful things you have planned, but it seems that your own mind is sabotaging you. Here are the top 5 books that will give you the tools you need to make better decisions and get things done!

1.“ Predictably Irrational – The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions” by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational – The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

You must wonder why you continue to make bad decisions even when you know you won’t like the consequences. Let’s say you keep buying your favorite cake while desperately trying to lose weight. Oh, why? Dan Ariely covers a variety of interesting examples to make it clear for you that most of your decisions are pretty irrational (gasp!) On the bright side, most people are guilty of making irrational decisions, and this book is here to change this behavior. If you want to understand yours and in general humans’ behavior around decision making and learn how to make better decisions, this book is for you!

2. “Nudge – Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness” by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

“Nudge – Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness” by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

How to make yourself choose a healthy breakfast over three perfectly glazed donuts from your favorite bakery? You’ll know if you pick this book. The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics, Richard H. Thaler, and Harward Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein, spent decades on researching behavioral science. “Nudge” will show you how to recognize the biases that influent people’s decisions and teach you how to make better choices.

3. “Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Ahhh choices, choices, choices! Should you go with a blue shirt or a white one? What to eat for lunch today? What to do with your life!? If you often struggle to make the right choice between two decisions, this book will help you decide faster and better. Heath brothers describe the decision-making process in 4 steps. First, we make a choice. Second, we analyze our options. Third, we make the final choice and finally, we live with that choice. Although it sounds like a simple process, our thinking is often biased which leads to making poor choices. This book will show you how to fight the biases and other obstacles along the way to making better decisions.

4. “Freakonomics - A Rogue Economist Explains the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

“Freakonomics - A Rogue Economist Explains the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

 Assume nothing, question everything - the most important message in this rule-breaking book that covers everything from crack dealers who live with their mothers to bizarre baby names. “Freakonomics” gives jaw-dropping answers to important questions about common sense and how our subconscious mind influences our thinking and choices. In a nutshell, this book will entertain you like no other while teaching you how to elevate your decision-making skills.

5. “Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst of Raw Emotions” by Lysa TerKeurst

 “Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst of Raw Emotions” by Lysa TerKeurst

We are all guilty of making decisions when our emotions are in the red zone. It’s so hard to do nothing when you are heated and ready to explode, right?  This decision-making book will teach you to unglue yourself from all the negative emotions and keep things under control. “Unglued” is dedicated to complex decisions that spark a lot of feelings in you rather than simple everyday decisions.

Also in Infos