readingThis time of year we all tend to reflect a little. We try to take in life, to focus on the important things, to plan for a more successful and enjoyable future.

Last year we challenged you all to Thrive in 2015 in reference to the book written by Arianna Huffington in which she encourages us to re-evaluate our definition of success to include our well-being, sense of wonder, and capacity for compassion and giving.

Previously Jeff committed to eating more bacon simply because bacon is good and makes him happy. With simple pleasures come the best moments in life and these moments ultimately add up to happiness.

This year we would like to encourage you all to find some time during this incredibly busy season to relax, take some time for you, and recharge. To set your sights on the most important pieces of your vision for 2016. We wish you time to dream, imagine, and refocus before winter turns to spring, and spring into summer, and we quickly find ourselves halfway through yet another year in the blink of an eye.

To help you get started here are 5 of our favorite books to fall back on when it’s time to refocus and recharge:

1. Thrive by Arianna Huffington. As more and more people are coming to realize, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success – money and power – has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we’re losing our connection to what truly matters.

2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

3. The Seed by Jon Gordon. Josh, an up-and-comer at his company, is disenchanted with his job. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks to decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.

4. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before. By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

5. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg. the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees sim­ply as the Chairman. Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers”: a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends teach Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and help him open himself up to the power of giving.

Here’s to hoping you find some time this season to not only enjoy the love of your friends and family, but some time specifically for you to refresh your mind and rejuvenate your soul.