Motivating Factors: Non-fiction Books that Explore Behavior

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler
-Recommended by Ali Turner

An economist takes a sociological look at our behavior and decision-making. Those who enjoyed Why We Buy or The Tipping Point will enjoy this title.

Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman
-Recommended by Julia Sjoberg

The author challenges the assertion that religion is the only thing that keeps humanity from falling into moral and ethical bankruptcy. He lived for a year in Denmark and finds its citizens rank among the happiest and most peaceful in UN polls. An excellent read.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
-Recommended by Laura Carlson

This is a nonfiction page-turner. The author demonstrates that habits are critical to how individuals, organizations and movements succeed or fail; how these habits are formed and how we can break the bad ones. —Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie