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3 Great Books That Will Help You Live An Even Smarter Life

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Here's a few highly recommended books that will open up your eyes, make you laugh, and help you live a smarter, happier, and more tasteful life.

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide To Human Nature And Happiness

A forgotten book by one of history's greatest thinkers reveals the surprising connections between happiness, virtue, fame, and fortune.

Adam Smith may have become the patron saint of capitalism after he penned his most famous work, The Wealth of Nations. But few people know that when it came to the behavior of individuals—the way we perceive ourselves, the way we treat others, and the decisions we make in pursuit of happiness—the Scottish philosopher had just as much to say. He developed his ideas on human nature in an epic, sprawling work titled The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Most economists have never read it, and for most of his life, Russ Roberts was no exception. But when he finally picked up the book by the founder of his field, he realized he’d stumbled upon what might be the greatest self-help book that almost no one has read.

An easy read on complex ideas that will  make you feel better about life and humanity while teaching you valuable lessons on understanding virtue, happiness, and friendship. It's currently on Amazon for $19.56.

I Know You Think You Know It All: Advice And Observations For You To Stand Apart In Public And Online 

The Know It All can be spotted from a block away in most any city today, devoted to the latest microtrends, sure that he is an influencer, never realizing he is mostly just being influenced. Often seen with others who share a similar look and viewpoint, he does not have a clue how to march to the beat of his own drummer. He spends his time in what he thinks is his refined circle, whether in real life or online, and always knows "the best", be it clothing, coffee, or culture. He is rarely without an opinion and doubts his own even less. He is largely without humor when the mirror is turned upon him. We've all seen and heard this type of guy in public and on social media: the classic jerk who thinks he always knows best. Chris Black is here to help you not become, or stop being him.

Life for Chris Black over the past twenty years has put him in close contact with many of these guys, as they regularly congregate in the creative industries: film, music, advertising, media, and fashion. He has worked in all of these businesses and his astute and witty observations could only come from one who needs to know what is current in pop culture to make a living, yet is routinely able to step back and rise above the noise to keenly survey the scene. We've all had cringe-worthy moments in our past, and many are experiencing them still every day, only to realize it down the road. It's not too late.

Written by one of the best personalities on Twitter, this is a lean book that's broken down like an ultra-long list of all things worth doing and all things worth avoiding like the plague. It's funny, well written, and will help you live an even smarter life. It's currently on Amazon for $10.40.

We Learn Nothing

In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders? With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays, peppered with Kreider’s signature cartoons, leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.

A beautifully written and hilarious book that's as provocative as it is enjoyable. It will definitely make you think and you'll finish the book a better person because of it. It's currently on Amazon for $12.52.