Spring is finally here! The weather is warming up, birds are chirping, and my bare arms are finally making an appearance for the first time since October. The change in seasons always seems to bring about a change in moods, as well. And it's no wonder. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health found evidence of seasonal differences in dopamine -- the chemical messenger involved in motivation, pleasure, and learning. The average dopamine signal for those scanned in the fall and winter was 4.3 percent greater than for those scanned in the spring. Which means that there was less dopamine present in the colder months. One theory is that dopamine increases with more exposure to sunlight.
With the newfound energy and motivation that spring brings, it's a perfect time to dive into some of the great inspirational books that can keep you on track with your success goals. Below are 10 books that are perfect to read this season.
1. Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach
Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College's graduates in New York City, New York Times best-selling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach shows women how to unleash their power, unite with their pack, and come out victorious together.
2. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you, and that's what Carl Newport shows readers how to do in this book.
Jean Case shares the five Be Fearless principles common to the people and organizations that change the world so you can spark the same kinds of breakthroughs in your life.
In this book, Lydia Fenet shares her 20-year journey from intern to managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christie's Auction House and the revolutionary sales approach she crafted. This book will show you how to take your career to the next level, whether it's overcoming your fear of asking for something or bridging a wage gap.
5. The Genius Habit: How One Habit Can Radically Change Your Work and Your Life by Laura Garnett
The Genius Habit shows you how the path to finding long-lasting professional happiness starts with building the habit that makes extraordinary accomplishment all but guaranteed.
6. Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
This book shares the faulty assumptions and distortions we encounter every time we show up to work and reveals the few core truths that will help you show just how good you are to those who truly rely on you.
7. Lead From the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
National leader Stacey Abrams has written the guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider and succeeding anyway.
8. Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani
In a book inspired by her popular TED talk, New York Times best-selling author Reshma Saujani empowers women to embrace imperfection and bravery.
9. Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less by Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt has created a total productivity system that's much more than endless box checking. Proven by more than 25,000 professionals, this system helps overwhelmed leaders achieve what matters most so they can succeed at both work and life.
10. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo
Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.