Feel Better and Be Better with These Two Great Reads for Seniors

great reads for seniors

There’s no better feeling than curling up with a good book. You’re holding a cup of tea, maybe you’re hearing the sound of rain outside, and suddenly all is right with the world.

Reading has a healing effect. Books take us out of our daily lives, inform us and can help us forget our worries for a moment. They connect us to the world and to others, but they also remind us of our duties to ourselves. Reading is about solitude, and yet a book can also inspire internal growth. Altogether, this makes reading a uniquely profound experience.

But finding that good book can be a challenge. There are so many to choose from, and so few that are worth your precious time. With that in mind, this month we’re sharing two great reads for seniors that we love and that we think will positively impact your life.

How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur

Most of us struggle with the desire to be perfect or right or good. Author Michael Schur (The Good Place, The Office, Parks and Recreation) did as well—until he figured out all the answers. Luckily, he’s willing to share his knowledge with us in his new book, How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question. Quite a claim for a short 304-page read, right?

When you’re navigating difficult choices in life, making the “right” one can seem impossible. Michael Schur’s tongue-in-cheek book provides us with comfort by showing us that wisdom doesn’t have to be inaccessible—that being a better person doesn’t need to be so dead serious. 

How to Be Perfect presents moral dilemmas in everyday contexts, from the most basic to the most complex. In this way, How to Be Perfect proves that we’re capable of answering the BIG question: how can I be a good person? 

While reading How to Be Perfect, you’ll be gently introduced to the major Western movements of moral philosophy. Of course, you’ve probably heard the big names—Kant, Camus, Aristotle. And you might be familiar with the lofty (but accessible!) concepts of utilitarianism, deontology and virtue ethics. 

But what do these philosophies really have to do with you—a real person with real problems? Michael Schur rewrites these concepts to connect with us in our everyday language—funny, real and direct. After this read, you won’t be left wondering what all this philosophy stuff is really about anymore.

How to Be Perfect reminds you that you’re human. You’ll think. You’ll laugh. And you’ll definitely learn something. This book might even make you feel perfect—all the while cheerily reminding you that none of us are. 

Feeling Good – The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, MD 

This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to feel good… and who doesn’t want to feel good?!? In other words, Feeling Good – The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, MD is for all of us. Mental health professionals nationwide rated this bestselling book #1 out of 1000 best self-help books on depression. So you can definitely expect this book to change how you feel.

In little and big ways, we all have moments where we don’t feel good. Whether your challenge is guilt, pessimism, low self-esteem or attachment to approval, none of us are utterly alone when it comes to confronting our psychological dark places. 

While completely eradicating “bad” feelings simply isn’t possible, we can learn to live in our joy more steadfastly and to return to happiness more quickly. Dr. Burns shows us the path to reach comfort and enlightenment more quickly. We want to understand ourselves and do better by ourselves.

David Burns’ offers us a method of scientifically proven happiness techniques that will make you feel better and be more positive. You deserve peace of mind, and Feeling Good will help you get there.

We think you’ll love both How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur and Feeling Good – The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, MD. In fact, we have a feeling they may just change your life for the better.


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Pete Blasi