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Most of us live in a certain set pattern. We think and behave the same way for years and wonder why we are always getting the same results. The need to is view life from a different angle. The following thought-provoking books will help you gain a new persective on your experiences and make life more meaningful.

1. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl suffered excruciatingly in various concentration camps from 1942 to 1945. The memoir is a result of his spiritual awakening after going through relentless experiences of pain in those camps.

2. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Ishmael is a simple tale that raises many thought-provoking questions. The story revolves around a man and a guerrilla having a conversation about life and its true purpose.

3. The Way Of Zen by Alan Watts

In this book, Alan Watts delves deeply into the origins and history of Zen and offers timeless principles and practices of Buddhism to everyone with incredible clarity.

4. The Yoga Of Eating by Charles Eisenstein

Sugar, meat, fish, corn — every food we eat has physical as well as spiritual functions. The book guides us to understand the nature of food we eat on a daily basis, and as a result, helps us gain more wisdom about our well being.

5. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Antifragile explores the importance and deeper meaning of uncertainty, probability, luck, human error and risk in our lives and helps us understand the nature of these invisible forces that control our life.

6. The True Believer by Eric Hoffer

What causes a religious fanatic to kill people? The book answers this and many similar questions related to social psychology. The insights in the book can help you understand how certain beliefs can make people violent.

7. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The book is Randy Pauch’s — a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon — last lecture in the college. He spoke about “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in the lecture, which can inspire people to make the most of their time.

8. Thinking Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The book talks about our two systems of thinking — one is fast, intuitive and emotional, and the other is slow, deliberate, and logical. Reading this book is like taking a tour of the mind.