2021 has been a year of phenomenal growth here at Snappy. From awards and recognition for being the fastest growing company in New York City (and later, America), to hitting our 1 millionth gift claim milestone, to partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation and donating over $700K in less than 2 months.
We wouldn’t have done it without our amazing team – we’re driven and dedicated to helping send smiles and making a difference in people’s lives. But we’re more than just gifting and recognition. At Snappy, we believe a little inspiration comes a long way, so we asked what are some favorite books the team has been reading this year. We chose four books that came highly recommended because they helped us change our perspective, switched our thinking, and inspired us to take chances. We’re sharing these great books to arm you for the change in the way people are working.
Check out our top picks this year – and pick up a copy at your local (or digital) library or bookstore.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
“Is your glass half empty or half full?" asked the mole. "I think I'm grateful to have a glass," said the boy.”
“This is technically a children's book, but I took even more away from it than my own son did when they read it to him. The book features ongoing life lessons on things like kindness, self-esteem, and friendship from the various characters. It's such a timely reminder for adults on some important life lessons that we sometimes forget when caught up in the whirlwind of life - such as how asking for help isn't giving up – it's actually refusing to give up.”
- Nicole Zupich, Senior Data Engineer
The Book of Moods- How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin
“In the same way it takes ten thousand hours to master a skill, it takes ten thousand uncomfortable moments to acquire strength. And if you can look at every delay as a chance to practice patience and every breakup as a chance to strengthen your solitude, you start to see the terrible, uncomfortable, unforeseen events of life as moments to be collected and added to your arsenal of wisdom, knowledge, and personal development.”
“Martin has a great structure, identifying the inspiration for a particular mood (such as The Mood: The Past and Future or The Mood: Beauty) followed by fun quotes about it, a brief description of what it looks like, her anecdotes about experiencing it and finally, a turning point and resolution of "the mood transcribed" where she shows the growth and steps forward to not letting his mood remain in the driver seat. Sprinkled throughout is a balanced amount of scientific research that adds context and body to her personal experiences.”
- Ashlie Daigle, Revenue Enablement Specialist
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
"On an intellectual level, I realized that I could monitor and shift my cognitive thoughts, but it never dawned on me that I had some say in how I perceived my emotions. No one told me that it only took ninety seconds for my biochemistry to capture, and then release me."
In a nutshell, Taylor is a neuroscientist who experiences a stroke and recovers. This book is a distillation of that experience and what she learns regarding the function of her brain and the deliberate choices she makes in order to be the person she wants to be.
“At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to say I contributed more than I criticized.”
Our reader thinks all of Brené's work is great, but this one pulls all of experience and research under the lens of the working world. Her tone is so down-to-Earth yet direct and funny. It's difficult not to love Brené and her work!
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Learn more about Snappy and how we give back to make the world a better place - not just with great book recommendations. Download our Gifting for Goodinfographic to get a rundown of our philanthropic efforts in 2021.