Understanding human behavior is a rabbit-hole of cultures, emotions, and rationale not all seek to go down. However, when we understand others better, we are able to interact with them in a more positive light. You don’t have to study for hours on end what makes people tick, or even what makes them feel joy. The essential truth here is that everyone is different. What we all have in common though, is our humanity. This reading list below is a collection of books that will walk you through understanding yourself and other humans in a way that can change your life for the better. In today’s world, we’re all connected. It’s time we begin to utilize that magnetic field holding us together.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The author of this book, Daniel Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize in economic science. Because he is a psychologist, this grabbed plenty of attention. Having studied “cognitive biases”, decision making under various conditions, the science of happiness and more, Thinking Fast and Slow is a combination of understanding humanity’s mind and behavior. Not only is this book essential for how we see others, but it also delves into understanding ourselves from a new perspective.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

While this book may not directly impact your view on humanity, its a quick, easy read that will open your eyes to yourself. What brings you joy? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will walk you through understanding what is essential, and what you can get rid of in your life. Decluttering your home is an extremely unique approach to discovering what actually brings you joy. As you become a happier person, you’ll recognize it reflecting into how you interact with those around you.

Predictably Irrational

If you fancy yourself to be a rational person, think again. Predictably Irrational is a psychology book that questions our decision making as humans. From our spending habits to our eating habits, our behaviors are what make us who we are. By reading this book, you may find yourself predicting the truth about yourself, and others.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Your boss offers you $20 to go get him coffee and says you can keep the change. Were you just motivated to complete a task by money? Drive is a great book that allows us to better understand what actually motivates us. From work, to school, and even in your home, you’ll be lead to drawing conclusions based on scientific research behind human motivation.

The Invisible Gorilla

The Invisible Gorilla is a book that will make you question everything– in a good way. From scientific findings, our minds don’t work the way we actually think they do. Through various stories and research, The Invisible Gorilla is an eye-opening piece to helping you understand others and yourselves with a new light.