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Favorite Non-Fiction/Self Help Books

The Four-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

I first came across Tim Ferriss through his podcast, and the first book I read by him was his most famous: The 4-hour Work Week. But of all his material, The Four Hour Body has had by far the most impact on helping me improve me life.

It contains everything you need to know about how to maximize your body’s potential, from losing weight to getting a great night’s sleep to tricks in the bedroom–the Four Hour Body is a must read for anyone who’s looking to hack human biology. I particularly like the fact he tested his methods to yield the minimum effective dose, which is basically how to get the best bang for your buck in terms of time and energy spent on improving any particular aspect of one’s health.

Check it out–I promise you will not be disappointed.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

An absolutely fascinating book about how we can take control of our relationships with others, whether work, love, friendships, or family.

Using history as his canvas, Greene examines why kingdoms fall, marriages form, wars were won–or lost–and ordinary people rise to positions of wealth and power, then distills it all down into a simple axiom we can apply and use in our own lives.

It’s a bit Machiavellian, but the truth in human nature is often that there are a lot of situations where you can either take advantage, or be taken advantage of–I prefer the former.

The Chemistry Between Us by Brian Alexander and Larry Young

Authors Brian Alexander and Larry Young take a deep dive on the science behind attraction, sex, and relationships. A fascinating read that explains why men and women are so different when it comes to romance and love–not just because we experience the world differently, but because our chemistry is so distinct, from our brains to the hormones that drive us wild with desire.

As a single man it’s obviously interesting to me, but couples can learn just as much in terms of how to keep their relationships fresh, the sex fun, and avoid the pitfalls that cause so many couples to fall out of love.

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Another fascinating read for those interested in human sexuality, Sex at Dawn examines how we evolved as sexual beings, and what our behavior look like when we lived in small tribes before the rise of agriculture.

Among other things, Sex at Dawn explains why monogamy can be such a difficult challenge, showing that we’re polygamous by nature and highly sexual. What’s more, we learn that humans don’t just have sex for procreation, but also to create bonds with others and foster our own wellbeing.

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