Winter is the perfect time to hibernate with a book, whether it’s for entertainment or to learn something new.
So, we’ve put together a list of our favorite relationship and well-being books you might want to add to your reading list this season.
1. The State of Affairs - Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
We’re a huge fan of couples therapist Esther Perel. Her latest book offers a deep perspective on why cheating and affairs can happen, as well as the impact it has on happiness and identity. Some of the questions Esther addresses are: why people cheat so much when it’s so forbidden, why cheating can happen in happy relationships, and whether it’s possible to love two people at once. It's a completely fresh perspective on infidelity that will be helpful whether you're in a relationship or not.
2. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
This book looks at why true belonging doesn't mean us changing who we are, but rather embracing who we are at our core. Brown sheds light on how we can cultivate a deeper sense of belonging to our communities, organizations, and cultures. Give it a read if you’re feeling lonely or craving a sense of belonging.
3. Becoming: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I Am by Laura Jane Williams
This is a funny and hugely relatable read. It's a light-hearted read but definitely hits home when it comes to heartbreak. Williams writes about her experience being dumped by the guy she thought she would marry and talks about how she tried to fill that void with alcohol, dates, and sex. She then decides to take control of her life by being celibate for one year, traveling through Italy, America, Paris and the UK. She finds herself along the way and discovers that no matter how bad you think you have it, you’re always doing better than you think!
4. Quantum Love: Use Your Body's Atomic Energy to Create the Relationship You Desire by Laura Berman, Ph.D
This is a really interesting look at love, sex, and relationships through a more metaphysical lens. Berman gives practical advice on how to reach a higher level of love within yourself and with your partner. She uses quantum physics (explained in fairly simple terms) to help the reader figure out patterns that aren’t working for them, and then how to replace them with better ones. She also gives tips on how to work consciously with the energy of your body, heart, and mind to make the honeymoon period in a relationship last while being true to yourself.
We hope you enjoy these and happy reading!