1. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
2. The Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides
3. The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature by Geoffrey Miller
5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
6. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Each book profoundly shaped how not only I think, but how I live and view the world. All suddenly revealed new connections and ideas about the world I’d never experienced or expected to experience before. Their tendrils extend into a great deal of my thought and work.
Granted, no book can be removed from its context, and its possible that if I’d read some of these books as a younger person I wouldn’t have been ready to appreciate them. But Flow seems by far the most valuable of the choices listed above because it engulfs more of the content of the others than any other choice. Still, each one made me think so profoundly differently than I had before that I feel compelled to list them.