Learn More About The Books In Pique

Every book is an opportunity to learn something new. And, in Pique, every book is an opportunity to read do something different too. Here are book summaries of some of our favorites from the app and what you can expect to do and learn in them:

Want to set goals that excite you, rather than haunt you? You’ve got to experience Get It Done! University of Chicago professor Ayelet Fishbach myth busts and helps you apply motivational science to your own life.

Want to learn the newest concepts from Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, Cass R. Sunstein, and Olivier Sibony? Their book Noise will help you learn about an often unrecognized bias in decision-making and how you can minimize it to improve your own decision-making processes.

Wondering how to challenge your own bias so you can push yourself to become a better person? Check out The Person You Mean To Be by Dolly Chugh! She shares some of her own examples of growth and provides tools on how to continue to push yourself beyond the fear of not being perceived as a “good person” to actually become a better person.

Trying to make a change in your life? Whether the change you want to make is big or small, you can equip yourself with tools to conquer it from behavioral change expert Katy Milkman in How To Change.

Feeling short on time and need some science-backed tips on how to reclaim it? Check out Time Smart! Harvard School of Business Professor Ashley Whillans walks you through how to use a number of different means to take back time.

Feeling short on socialization, bandwidth, money, or anything else? Then you’re probably feeling the effects of scarcity. Learn more about the misconceptions around scarcity and how to prepare for it in Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir.

Feeling like you have too much clutter or too many commitments? Then you should learn more about the problem-solving solution that a lot of us overlook – subtraction. Leidy Klotz will teach you more about our culture of endless adding and what you can do in Subtract.

Want to know how money can buy happiness? That’s the subject of Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton! And while they can’t make money less of a sore subject, they can help you use any extra funds you have left over after the essentials to prioritize happiness.

Want to learn what makes up a habit and how to set the stage for better ones? In Good Habits, Bad Habits, habit expert Wendy Wood myth busts common misconceptions around habits and walks you through exercises for adding new habits to your routine. 

Have a decision coming up? Poker Champion and behavioral scientist Annie Duke can help prepare you with decision-making tips you might be missing in How to Decide.

Want to challenge your perceptions of professionalism? Science shows that displaying humor at work can make co-workers and supervisors trust you more. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas can show you small ways to add humor to your day and enjoy the perks in Humor, Seriously.

We’re adding more great books to our app regularly. You can find these and future books by searching for topics under the Discover tab. 

So, what are you waiting for? Start reading doing!

The Best Times to Pick Up Pique

Want to learn? Then it’s the right time to use Pique!

It’s difficult to know when you’re going to be bitten by the learning bug though. That’s why it’s probably best to plan regular times to use Pique when you know your brain is generally feeling open and curious. So, probably not after the regularly frustrating phone call you have every Tuesday at 2pm.

In general, when we say “set a time to use Pique” we mean figure out what context you want to be in when you use Pique and make a plan to use it at those times.

You might reach for meditation apps when you feel stressed or mobile games when your brain absolutely can not take in any more information at all. The best time to reach for Pique is when you feel open to learning something new. By setting an intention for when you’ll use Pique, you can turn smarter reading, learning, and reflection into a habit! 

Why is it good to plug Pique into your plan? 

When we repeat certain behaviors over and over in regular contexts, like at the same time or in the same place, they start to become automatic. 

You might have done that with some behaviors you’d like to stop, like picking up your phone to check social media as soon as you wake up. This phenomenon isn’t limited to tendencies that the algorithm wants you to make into a habit though. 

You can make helpful behaviors automatic too. We might be biased, but we’re pretty sure that making a habit of using Pique to take your reading one step further is a positive thing. Because of that, we recommend slotting us into your daily or weekly routines for regular learning!

Times successful people read do books in Pique:

  • On your commute
  • With your morning cup of joe
  • Before bed
  • After putting the kids to bed, in the 5 minutes of euphoria you have before your brain shuts down
  • Every Saturday
  • In between Zoom calls
  • On your lunch break
  • After finishing Ozark
  • While waiting for the frying pan to heat up
  • When you would otherwise refresh your email waiting for a response
  • When you find yourself falling prey to the siren song of social media
  • Every time you see a lightbulb flicker
  • At 2:55pm – we’re not sure why, it’s just a great time

That being said, it’s good to be flexible too. 

Science says that the best way to make a habit stick is to be flexible while you’re setting it. We all stumble at the beginning stages of setting habits and if you’re too rigid, you’ll force yourself all the way back to the starting block. 

Planned to turn to Pique before work, but then woke up groggy with no extra time? That’s okay! Take a spin through the app on your lunch break. It’s better to continue at an off-time than not at all. If and when you miss the timeslot you originally planned, you can always turn to Pique at another time. Pique is in your phone whenever you can to return to it!

Regardless of what time you turn to Pique, there are so many great books in the app for you to choose from. If you’ve got 5 minutes in between calls or in a waiting room, that’s enough time to pick up and Pique! 

P.S. Got less time but still want to do something productive? We recommend flipping through your flashcards!

Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan Teach You Why Having Too Little Means So Much

What can cause your IQ to drop the equivalent of 13 points?

Losing a night’s sleep. Or experiencing financial scarcity.

The effects of scarcity are wide-reaching and affect us in a deep neurological way. This book is about scarcity in all its forms — financial, social, time, and more. 

What can you do to combat scarcity?

Scarcity mindset experts Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan are here to teach you a lot about having too little. 

In their book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, they’ll introduce you to the science behind the scarcity mindset and help you make plans to avoid several common scarcity traps.

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience Scarcity with hands-on activities co-created directly with Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan. You’ll get a trial run of all of the practices introduced. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about scarcity traps, in Pique, you’ll get to actively plan for them. 

One way you’ll do that? Making a plan to avoid the abundance trap. 

It might sound counterintuitive, but scarcity begins with abundance. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about time, savings, or toothpaste. When you have a lot of something, it’s easy to use it frivolously. 

In fact, the reason it’s easy to be frivolous is that our brains are wired to have a neurological reaction to the abundance. That feeling when it’s payday and a check hits your bank account? That is the consequence of abundance. 

Abundance makes your brain feel safe in its resources and makes you less likely to stick to long-term plans — hence the tendency of people to eat out or shop the weekend after payday despite trying to save money.

In Pique, you’ll reflect on an abundance you may experience soon and make a plan on how you’ll manage that abundance to avoid a scarcity trap.

Ready to dive into Scarcity?

The science of scarcity influences everything so it can feel overwhelming to find a place to start. Thankfully, Scarcity by Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan makes it easier. Scarcity and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

Head into the app to get started!

A Joke Just Might Get You A Raise With Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

Most of us feel like we can’t bring our sense of humor to work. We have to wear boring clothes, make totally serious presentations, and approach everything with a demeanor so dry that it makes staring at a wall seem fun. 

We think to be professional we have to be serious.

Turns out, we’re wrong. 

Robert Half International and Hodge-Cronin & Associates found 98% of surveyed executive leaders preferred employees with a sense of humor. 84% believed employees with a sense of humor do better work. There’s a positive peer-to-peer effect too — humor can make our peers more likely to attribute higher status to us and to vote us into leadership roles.

Knowing that is all well and good… but how can we bring humor into the workplace in a way that feels comfortable and natural?

Workplace humor experts Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas are here to help you invite humor to the morning meeting.

In their book, Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.), they’ll walk you through the baby steps that can make a big difference in the way you’re perceived at work and on your own enjoyment. 

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience Humor, Seriously with hands-on activities co-created directly with Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas. You’ll get a trial run of all of the practices introduced. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about the positive effects of humor in the workplace, in Pique, you’ll get to experience them. 

One way you’ll do that? Using humor to solve problems you might otherwise have been unable to solve.

Whether it’s tackling a pesky QA issue, approaching the marketing presentation from a clearer angle, or fixing the coffee machine, everyday we creatively problem-solve at work. And science shows that humor just might increase our capacity to do so.

In an experiment by Alice Isen, participants had to mount a candle to a wall… with no mount. To see how humor affects problem solving, Isen and her colleagues had half of participants watch a neutral video before taking on the challenge, while the other half watched a humorous one. More than twice as many people who watched the funny video solved the puzzle. Laughter didn’t make the second group smarter; but it did help them overcome their functional fixedness and see new connections and associations.

In Pique, you’ll try out your own version of the experiment by watching funny videos and doing a small creative problem-solving task. Then, we’ll help you reflect on how you can bring that forward and hold time for humor in your workplace problem-solving spaces.

Ready to get serious about humor with Humor, Seriously?

Bringing laughter into the workplace can be intimidating. Humor, Seriously by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas can make it far easier. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

Hop into Pique to get started today!

Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton Teach You How To Make A Dollar Smile

When you think about spending money on things that will make you happy, do you think of TVs and cars and giant homes? If you’re like most people then you do. And if you’re like most people then you’re wrong.

We’re notoriously bad at knowing what will make us happy.

But, if we’re so bad at knowing, how can we change that?

Get ready to turn those Franklin frowns upside down, because Happy Money experts Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton are here to teach you all they know.

In their book, Happy Money: The New Science of Smarter Spending, they’ll take you to the knowledge bank. They’ll do some myth-busting on what purchases matter most to and teach you several different ways to milk the happiness from your budget.

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience Happy Money with hands-on activities co-created directly with Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton. You’ll get a trial run of all of the practices introduced. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about how you can prioritize happiness with your purchases, in Pique, you’ll get to experience it. 

One way you’ll do that? Buying meaningful time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton will help you think about how money just might be able to buy happiness. 

Think about how much money you’ve spent on socializing, from birthday parties, to road trips, to date nights. Even going out for after-work drinks with co-workers is more expensive than going home.

The same is true with family. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child now costs as much as $13,830 a year for middle-income families. And in a 2003 poll, over 80 percent of Americans — with and without children — reported wishing they had more time to spend with their families.

People are at their happiest when spending time with family and friends. But, doing so is expensive, which is why Elizabeth and Mike will help you prioritize and plan for time with those you love most.

Want to make the most of Happy Money?

Talking about money isn’t easy. Thankfully, Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton can make it more fun. They’ll walk you through how to prioritize spending your extra cash so you can cash out on happiness. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

Head into the app to get started!

Wendy Wood Can Help You Put Down Your Phone

Wake up. Check phone.

Finish sending email. Check phone. 

Scale Mount Everest, in a feat of superhuman endurance. Check phone. 

Somehow, you’re always reaching for your phone… even when you’re already on it scrolling mindlessly.

That’s because it’s a habit. And habits are incredibly powerful. But, most of us aren’t using the power of habits to our advantage. And doing so can have huge benefits. 

But, if they’re automatic, how can you take a more active role in your habits?

Get ready to take more control of your automaticity because habits expert Wendy Wood is here to help.

In her book, Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick, Wendy will loop you in on all things less. She does some myth-busting on habits (the “21 days to form a habit” is a big, ol’ rumor) and teaches you several different ways to take the reins on your habit brain. 

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience the power of habits with hands-on activities co-created directly with Wendy Wood. You’ll get a trial run with each of the tools introduced and see first-hand which would work best in your life. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about habits, in Pique, you’ll get to experience them. 

One way you’ll do that? You’ll form better technology habits.

You’re likely someone who checks your work email after the conventional workday is done. We can say this because in the latest Gallup data 59 percent of U.S. workers who had work email accounts did so. This isn’t limited to emails though. Americans check their phones 8 billion times a day, which means an average of 46 times per person. 

On top of that, five out of ten U.S. drivers in a survey reported reading phone messages behind the wheel, and a third reported writing messages. And… it gets worse. In a survey of medical technicians, about half admitted to talking on a cell phone during heart surgery when they were supposed to be monitoring bypass machines. 

We do it because it’s a habit — and we develop habits because they help us save time and mental energy. But shaking up your context forces you out of habits. During a UK public transit worker strike, many riders had to reroute their commutes. Afterwards, five percent never returned to their old route. Why? The strike forced them to find better commutes, which they never would’ve done if they kept mindlessly commuting as usual. 

We can bring disruption upon ourselves by altering the contexts surrounding our technology. In Pique, you’ll get in the way of your tech habits, so you don’t become a part of any of the terrible statistics above.

Ready to dive into the power of habits and fix tech habits?

Setting habits is a difficult beast. Thankfully, Good Habits, Bad Habits by Wendy Wood is the companion you need to make it just a bit easier. She’ll walk you through everything you need to know and help you practice when it might be difficult to otherwise start. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

So make it a habit to use Pique today!

Illustration of Wendy Wood
Researcher Wendy Wood

Katy Milkman Is Your Change Trainer

When it comes to changing our lives and routines, most of us are trying to chop down giant oak trees with plastic spoons. Our routines are so deeply ingrained that we need to use the right tools to make any noticeable progress. But we don’t do that. 

Instead, we try to use the same methods that have failed in the past over and over, ad nauseam. And then, when our bendy spoons inevitably give up their lop-sided fight against the sturdy oak, we get frustrated and quit. We sigh, “I guess I’ll ALWAYS be this way.”

There must be a better way to change. 

You can put down your well-worn spoon because behavioral scientist and change expert Katy Milkman has found that there is a better way to change. 

Her book, How To Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, will show you how to use the right tools to change your routines and conquer your goals. She recommends several different tools that can be mixed and matched in almost all scenarios according to your preferences.

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll break out of your routines with hands-on activities co-created directly with Katy Milkman that help you experience the concepts that she discusses. You’ll get a trial run with each of the tools introduced and see first-hand which would work best in your life. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about the best way to make a change, in Pique, you’ll get to live it. 

One way you’ll do that? By making a plan to utilize fresh starts with Katy Milkman.

Most people are already familiar with one fresh start in particular — the New Year’s Resolution. But, thankfully, you don’t need to wait until you start a new calendar to enjoy the power of fresh starts. We see our lives in episodes, like our 40s or when we lived in the yellow house or the year 2021. The end of an episode naturally makes us feel more dynamic. Next time you experience a new move, birthday, or Monday, you can use the motivation that comes with a fresh start to give you a boost. 

Specifically, you can use that boost to change how you label yourself.


As Katy says in How To Change, “When we’re labeled “voters” (instead of people who vote), “carrot eaters” (instead of people who eat carrots whenever they can), and “Shakespeare readers” (instead of people who read Shakespeare a lot), it influences how we act, not just how we describe ourselves.” Fresh starts give us the power we need to shake our internal labels and push ourselves to become the people we want to be.

Ready to put down the plastic spoon and find the right change tools for you?

Change is hard work, so you need all the tools you can have at your disposal. Thankfully, How To Change by Katy Milkman is the ultimate resource. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

So head on over and get started!

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What can you expect?

Temptation bundling. Fresh starts. Rubber ducks.

If you’ve ever struggled to do a “good for you” task, temptation bundling is going to be your pal. Through Pique, you’ll create a plan to bundle a dreaded but necessary task with something you love. Hate doing the dishes? Watch the Sopranos while you’re washing. Need motivation for washing the baseboards? Jam out to that new album you’ve been meaning to listen to. There’s a temptation for every bundle!

Most people are already familiar with one fresh start in particular — the New Year’s Resolution! But, thankfully, you don’t need to wait until you start a new calendar to enjoy the power of fresh starts. Next time you experience a new move, a birthday, or a Monday, you can use the motivation of a fresh start to give you a boost.

And you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, yeah… but tell me more about this rubber duck!” For more on that, you’re going to have to check out How to Change in the Pique app! Remember, when you hear the phrase “rubber duck,” think “Gotta check out How to Change in Pique!”

Illustration of Katy Milkman with blue hair
Researcher Katy Milkman

Leidy Klotz Can Fix Your Closet

When we have issues, most of us immediately think of adding things. Terrible closet layout? Add some dressers. Get some free-standing racks. Install random doodads to the door to hang things on.

Another option? Subtracting some clothes.

Turns out, subtracting is the problem-solving solution that most of us miss. And it can have huge benefits. 

But how can you stop yourself from overlooking subtraction?

Open the closet doors and get ready to make some room because subtraction expert Leidy Klotz is here to teach you all he knows.

In his book, Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less, Leidy will loop you in on all things less. He does some myth-busting on subtraction and teaches you several different ways to practice subtraction in your everyday life. 

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience the power of less with hands-on activities co-created directly with Leidy Klotz. You’ll get a trial run with each of the tools introduced and see first-hand which would work best in your life. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about the importance of subtraction, in Pique, you’ll get to experience it. 

One way you’ll do that? You’ll put a magnifying glass on the invisible barriers in your environment that influence your behavior and subtract them to create change.

Though you fully intended to go home and make dinner, you continue to find yourself caving into stopping at the drive-thru on our way home from work. The motivation already exists — you don’t want to be stopping at the drive-thru — but time after time, you find yourself there. Why is that?

Kurt Lewin was a prominent psychologist with a lot of theories that intersect with the idea of subtraction. One of these is his “field theory.” Essentially, behavior is a product of people and their surroundings — or their field. 

We can change our behavior by relieving some of the tension our environments create. Lewin found that changing the invisible forces was often the best way to change our behavior. One way to do that? Subtract from them. Specifically, subtract the things in the environment that are creating tension and making it impossible to achieve your goals. Take a different route home to avoid the siren song of the drive-thru.

Ready to dive into the power of subtraction and fix your closet?

Subtraction is something that doesn’t come easily to us. Thankfully, Subtract by Leidy Klotz makes it far easier. He’ll walk you through everything you need to know and help you practice when it might be difficult to otherwise start. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

So hop on in and get started!

Illustration Leidy Klotz
Researcher Leidy Klotz

Ashley Whillans Can Turn You Into Your Favorite Video Game Character

When you play a video game, you’re able to accomplish everything. You can save the world, beat side quests, and still participate in a weird cut-scene with your character’s crush. You’ve got time to have it all.

How can the real-life version of you compare? 

Turns out there are a few key ways that you can be smarter about the ways you use your limited time and energy.

But, most of us are doing what we can, so how can we make even better use of our time?

Pause the game because time expert Ashley Whillans is here to tutor you on time.

In Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life, Ashley will teach you several different ways you maximize the resource we could all use more of. 

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience the power being time smart with hands-on activities co-created directly with Ashley Whillans. You’ll get a trial run with each of the tools introduced and see first-hand which would work best in your life. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about being time smart, in Pique, you’ll get to become time smart. 

One way you’ll do that? Add some loading time into your day.

When we stack personal or professional obligations back-to-back, we enjoy them less. Our stress increases as we try to keep a schedule, even if we’re juggling things that are supposed to be enjoyable.

Loading time, more commonly referred to as slack time, removes the stress of fulfilling all plans and allows for spontaneity. Spontaneity matters because if we are over efficient, even in relaxing activities like conversations with friends, we enjoy it less.

Slack time also helps us connect with weak ties. Weak ties are people we know, but who aren’t our close friends — like Suzie, your cubicle-mate. Suzie, and all of our weak ties, are more likely to inspire creative ideas and bring us opportunities.

So, when you add slack time into your schedule in Pique, you’ll have more usable time for being creative, bonding with Suzie, and beating side quests. 

Ready to get smarter about how you approach time?

Changing our perceptions of time is tricky business. Thankfully, Time Smart by Ashley Whillans in Pique is a smart way to approach it. She’ll walk you through everything you need to know and help you practice when it might be difficult to otherwise start. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

So set your watches to start Time Smart with Pique today!

Illustration of Ashley Whillans with blue hair and smile
Researcher Ashley Whillans