My Favourite 10 Books of 2019 for a Healthy & Productive Mindset

Continuing my tradition from 2018, I'm thrilled to share the books I read in 2019 that provided the most value in shaping and supporting a healthy mindset. 


I spend a great degree of my time in appointments helping patients navigate their inner demons and begin shaping a healthier way of thinking. I can honestly say that one of the most rewarding parts of my job is doing this work and supporting the transformation that can happen when we are in the driver’s seat of our thoughts, emotions and feelings. As an avid reader, my interest in all things related to mindset translates to a long list of recommendations that I’m often sharing with patients, and I’m so thrilled to share my favourites of 2019.

In no particular order, here are the standouts from my 2019 reading list:


1. Everything is Figureoutable: Marie Forleo

The title says it all, doesn’t it? Marie Forleo is a goddess in the realm of women empowerment, especially as it relates to entrepreneurism and business, and I highly recommend listening to her podcast or watching her “Marie TV” series on Youtube if you fit this bill. Her book drills the manifesto that we possess all of the tools we need to succeed on a micro or macro scale, and takes you through the steps you need to help shed the roadblocks that may be preventing your mindset growth. I suggest listening to this as an audiobook, because Marie narrates it herself and she’s an absolute delight to listen to!


2. Atomic Habits: James Clear

This is an excellent choice for the first month of 2020, when the inevitable list of resolutions, intentions and goals are at the forefront of your to-do list. The author helps deconstruct why the human brain has such a hard time adhering to big, nonspecific goals, and why the tiniest of steps help create lasting change in healthy behaviours. Reading this book will help light the fire to help you execute on the goals you’ve always had for your life that you may not have made enough headway on.


3. Brave, Not Perfect: Reshma Saujani

I stumbled upon this gem of a book years after watching this author’s TED talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection”. As a recovering perfectionist, I gravitated to the talk’s title and it did not disappoint. Neither did this book. I believe most women have a tendency toward some form of perfectionism, and it takes years of conscious and intentional work to unlearn this unproductive thought pattern. Young women often wear perfectionism as a badge of honour, and this book flips the concept and challenges women and parents to consider prioritizing bravery instead. A must read for parents of girls!


4. High Performance Habits: Brendon Burchard

Attention high performers - this one’s for you! I love working with strivers, achievers and high performers, because I identify so deeply with the mindset of this group. Brendon Burchard, a high performance coach, has nailed this field like no one else and has defined high performance in the most holistic and complete way I’ve ever seen. He argues that high performers thrive not only when they’re successful financially and socially, but especially when they’re well rounded in their thriving and maintain a healthy level of energy, productivity, connection to others, and overall wellness. After reading the book, I suggest taking the quiz to determine what areas you could work on to be an exceptional high performer.


5. Girl, Stop Apologizing: Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis took the self-development world by storm 2 years ago with her book “Girl, Wash Your Face”, and has done it again here. She is the spark-plug, and kick-in-the-pants you’re looking for if you’re stuck in the cycle of living in mediocrity when you know you’re made for more. Her energy is infectious and will jolt you out of monotony - she’s known for her high energy and this comes across in both written and audio form. This book is a rallying cry for women who have been quieting their inner voice and living small, and it challenges you to stop apologizing for the big dreams and big life you want to lead. 


6. Braving the Wilderness: Brene Brown

I’m not sure that I’m capable of writing any sort of favourite books list without a nod to Brene Brown. If you’re new to her, I suggest starting with watching her recent Netflix show or TED talks. Upon graduating the video medium, I recommend beginning your book journey with her “Gifts of Imperfection”, followed by Daring Greatly. Braving the Wilderness is an excellent read to help navigate the tumultuous times we currently live in, with political and social unrest that is seemingly a constant. Her trademark style is honest and vulnerable, yet lighthearted and humorous, with an uncanny ability to capture the human experience in a real, raw and recognizable way. Enjoy the journey she takes you on - I promise you’ll learn things about yourself you didn’t know were possible!



7. Presence: Amy Cuddy

Another book that I was inspired to read after watching a TED talk, Presence would be captivating for anyone looking to be bolder and braver in their personal or professional lives. She spins the old adage from “Fake it till you make it” into “fake it until you become it’, arguing that we do need to start with actions that may be premature or unpolished until we gain confidence and experience with our new goals. 


8. The Path Made Clear: Oprah Winfrey

The great one, herself, wrote a book last year and it didn’t disappoint. Oprah has been serving up her signature advice on finding your life’s purpose in a meaningful and heart-centred way for years, and this book takes the years of advice and captures it in one place. We are becoming more and more distracted as a society and if we’re not careful can set up a life for ourselves that is in complete misalignment with our true purpose. This book hones in on the importance of introspection and reflection as a means to discover and strengthen our inner purpose. It’s a must-read if you feel that you’ve lost this connection or have never had clarity on your purpose. 


9. Start With Why: Simon Sineck

Taking a different approach to Oprah’s spiritual journey with the concept of purpose, Simon Sineck addresses this is a more pragmatic manner. This book delves into the necessity of doing a deep dive on purpose, whether from a personal, professional or business standpoint. He makes a case study of Apple Computers and attributes their success to a company wide and subsequently customer wide appreciation of their “why” (or purpose). A compelling and practical read!


10. Mindset: Carol Dweck

This book has been around for years and I’m so glad I finally prioritized it on my reading list, because it fundamentally transformed the way I looked at my own mindset and that of others. Dr. Dweck discusses the concept that there are two types of mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. Reading the book will help you determine what type of mindset you were raised with in childhood, and potentially how it’s shaped the way you perceive the world now. The concept will undoubtedly help you understand and potentially better connect with the people in your life, as it helps you more clearly notice patterns in the way each mindset interprets and interacts with the world. It’s one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


The following books were no less engaging, but I had to cut my list somewhere so without further ado, my honourable mentions:

  • Super Attractor: Gabrielle Bernstein
  • The Wisdom of Sundays: Oprah Winfrey
  • What I Know for Sure: Oprah Winfrey
  • Grit: Angela Duckworth
  • Unfu*k Yourself: Gary John Bishop
  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Joe Dispenza

I hope you enjoy this list of book recommendations and that it helps spark more growth and  momentum in the direction of a healthier mindset. I believe strongly that our thoughts, emotions and feelings can either help or harm our progress in the rest of our lives, whether related to health and wellness, or otherwise. As always, I’m here if you’d like further direction or support related to what you read on my blog. Click the “Book an Appointment” link to view my calendar and book in for an initial visit or discovery call (meet & greet) to learn more!


Wishing you wellness,

Dr. Lewis