Wellness Books to Add to Your Bookshelf | Chicago Association of REALTORS®

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Here are a list of books recommended by our experts on our recent mental health & wellness panel you might find beneficial.

Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity by Molly Birkholm

Do you ever wish you could get rid of your problems? Recent research shows that we grow into our best and most joyful selves not when we avoid our problems, but when we embrace them, confident that we are resilient enough to work through them to an appropriate resolution. In Building Your Resilience: Finding Meaning in Adversity, you’ll learn how our challenges, and even our traumas, can become gifts that bring wisdom and growth.

I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Terrence Real

Psychotherapist Terrence Real offers an important and compelling look at the silent epidemic of depression among men and shows, with compassion and clarity, what can be done to break this vicious cycle.

Feeling Good by David Burns

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other ‘black holes’ of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically-proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood by Ziyad Marar

In this sensitive and creative book, Ziyad Marar reclaims judgment, proposing that we need it in order to value ourselves and others; we can’t live abundantly without the peaks and troughs of judgment. Drawing upon psychology, philosophy, TV, Film, poetry and literature, Marar reveals a world which takes seriously our need to reach out and connect and one where hope, however tentative, can blossom.

Boundaries by Henry Cloud

In Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers and yourself.

Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships by Robert Alberti

In Your Perfect Right, you’ll learn practical advice on dealing with difficult people, handling criticism and expressing your feelings. You’ll also discover how to use humor in conflict resolution, ways to clarify others’ intentions, and how to distinguish between encouraging and discouraging communication habits.

When I Say No, I Feel Guilty by Manuel J. Smith

Are you letting your kids get away with murder? Are you allowing your mother-in-law to impose her will on you? Are you embarrassed by praise or crushed by criticism? Are you having trouble coping with people? When I Say No, I Feel Guilty teaches you how to say no and not feel ashamed or guilty for your decision.