This list is compield by Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha and Laura Saponara from the Greater Good web site. It is the online presence of the Greater Good Science Center from the University of California at Berkeley specializing in 'The Science of a Meaningful Life.' That's rather an all encompasing if nebulous description but I consistently find fascinating psychology, spirituality and all sorts of investigations into areas that the researchers feel will benefit society and humankind in general.

Here are the books they chose. Each has a brief review if you find the titles intriguing...

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior, by Jonah Berger

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy, by Robert Frank

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children, by Alison Gopnik

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Hochschild

The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, by Dacher Keltner

The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success, by Emma Seppälä

Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within, by Chade-Meng Tan

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, by Paul Tough

Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success, by Jessica Tracy

America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks, by Ruth Whippman

Our Favorite Books of 2016 — by Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara