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Check out Diwan’s reading list for February; a collection of romantic, useful, and joyful reads to entertain and help overcome obstacles.

Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy by Mo Gawdat

In this “powerful personal story woven with a rich analysis of what we all seek”, the Egyptian engineer, Mo Gawdat, Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], applies his superior logic and problem solving skills to understand how the brain processes joy and sadness—and then he solves for happy.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs, but he reserves his heart for Fermina.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

This book is the culmination of John Gottman’s life’s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Gottman helps couples focus on each other, on paying attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes

A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything.

The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition by Gary Zukav

The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav takes you on a penetrating exploration of the new phase humanity has entered.

Love and Awakening: Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship by John Welwood

This groundbreaking book teaches couples how their relationships can make their lives work. Combining the practical advice of Harville Hendrix with the spiritual guidance of Thomas Moore, it shows couples how their relationships can help them discover their sacred selves.

The Mountain Between Us  by Charles Martin

When a blizzard strands them in Salt Lake City, two strangers agree to charter a plane together, hoping to return home. But when unthinkable tragedy strikes, the strangers find themselves stranded in Utah’s most remote wilderness in the dead of winter, badly injured and miles from civilization.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

A thrice-married housewife and mother of three who once suffered from depression, Katie presents what she calls “The Work,” a series of questions to help alter bad thinking patterns and reveal painful truths.

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