Reading is the best thing that one can do for oneself. I read somewhere that if you take care of your body by giving it a massage, you take care of your mind by reading. And when I say reading, I mean the reading you do when holding a physical book in your hands. No amount of online reading can make up for that.
Amongst the various genres one can choose from, self-help books are great. Anything that can help you to grow and evolve and make you a better person cannot be ignored. Post-pandemic, we are all trying to rebuild our lives and get them back in gear. Self-help books and self-growth books can help us in this in a big way.
These books can guide you, expose you to things you may not know, and give you a chance to work on yourself. You can read, absorb and make the changes at your pace.
Whether you have problems at work or in your personal life, self-help books can come to your aid.
We have put together some of the best self-help books you can pick up and make a difference in your life.
1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Mark Manson believes life is hard, and we sometimes don’t know how to handle it. However, rather than offering impractical solutions or convincing us to face the situation, he uses research-based methods to find better and more productive ways of handling these parts.
Sometimes you don’t need only a positive mindset; you need solutions that Mark has to offer.
2. The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
We all want to make our lives simple and clutter-free. The starting point for this is our homes. Marie Kondo has devised ways to help us eliminate unnecessary things in our life and organize the rest. Her book will take you through all the types of stuff you have accumulated and help you deal with it once and for all.
3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wikiing
Hygge is the Danish philosophy of leading a happy and cosy life. Meik Wikiing demystifies this philosophy by showing how food, drink, light and togetherness can make for a happy home even if your life is chaotic.
4. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
We are living in a highly polarized world and segregated world. In her book, Brene Brown talks about what it means to belong truly. It challenges everything we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations and culture. True belonging means that we can be with ourselves and with others. The book offers us the clarity and courage to find our way back to ourselves and each other. And that path cuts through the wilderness.
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Best known for her book Eat, Pray, Love this time, Gilbert has come out with a book that inspires you to delve into your own creative process. It explains how enchantment, permission, persistence, trust and divinity can help people create anything they want, whether writing a book or creating art.
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book by Dale Carnegie is not recent, but it is still very relevant. If you are struggling to maintain friendships or want to develop meaningful connections, this book is just for you.
7. Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits s& Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Habits are what can make or break us. James Clear tells us how we form habits and how and why they lead to extraordinary results later in life, for better or worse. Big life changes do not come from big decisions made overnight but from small choices made every day. So if you need the motivation to change your habits and move in a positive direction, this is the book for you.
8. Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
If you want to expand your business or chase that passion project, this book is for you. The book can give you tools to tackle just about any problem in your personal or professional life. Marie Foleo will help you retrain your brain to focus on the positive and accomplish your goals.
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9. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
We all have things/ situations we are terrified to do. If you want to get over at least one of those, go for this book. Shonda Rimes, best known for the hit shows like Grey’s Academy, Scandal and How to Get away With Murder, has written this hugely inspiring memoir. It chronicles a year where she vowed to say “yes!” to everything that scared her. See if you can do the same!
10. Lightly by Francine Jay
Many of us want to go the minimalist way, and it is not only about material things. It is also about letting go of the stress and the emotional baggage. We want to know how to shed that and make our life worry-free. Francine Jay, in this book, suggests how you can do that.
11. Make you Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
This is a book that reminds us that sometimes it is the little things in life that make all the difference. The little things can have a significant impact. You will want to read this book again and again, especially when you need a boost.
12. Grit by Angela Duckworth
As this book says, in life, grit, a combination of passion and perseverance, is more important than anything else. You may or may not be a natural genius, but you can make it in life if you have grit. She talks to high achievers, from Spelling Bee champions to CEOs, and shows how grit helped them get where they are.
13. Deep Work by Cal Newport
In the world in which we live now, we have lost the art of sitting down and focusing. We are busy multitasking and scrolling on social media. In this book, the author emphasizes the benefits of turning out all distractions and gives four rules to help you focus again.
14. You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
What is it that you want from life? Do you want to make more money, find a life partner or go on adventures? This book has some practical suggestions you can start following today and make your life more exciting and meaningful. The author is blunt and to the point.
15. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
In his book, Hal Elrod talks about how we can make our mornings and, therefore, our lives happier and more productive. According to him, doing that takes only six minutes a day. He is a published author, speaker, marathoner, podcast host and cancer survivor. With so many achievements under his belt, he knows what he is talking about and therefore, his book is a great read.
16. How to be a Bawse by Lily Singh
This is an excellent read from a woman who is an actor, a comedian and the creator of the Superwoman show on YouTube. She shares tips on success by talking about her journey. Her advice is a mix of conventional and conventional. So you could take your pick.
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17. Roar: into the Second Half of your Life (Before its Too Late) by Michael Clinton
This is a must-read if you need a roadmap for the second half of your life. It contains inspiring stories of people who made significant changes in their lives in the years considered to be the twilight years. Clinton shares the path to ROAR; reimagine yourself, own who you are, act on what’s next and reassess your relationships.
18. The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey into Inner Fitness by Tina Lifford
If you like story-driven life lessons, then this book is just for you. The book contains fourteen personal stories from Lifford that can help you change how you see the world and yourself. It will help you transform your perception about a lot of things and help you build the life you want.
19. Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller
Would you like to monetize your hobbies? If the answer is yes, go grab this book. This tells you how to turn your passion, whether it is baking, painting or jewellery making, into a career.
20. The Third Door by Alex Banayan
This book is packed with stories of some of the most successful people in the world. It talks about how they launched their careers and made them successful. Combining these stories with some from his personal journey, the author inspires you to find your third door and take action to make changes in your life.
21. Raise Your Hand by Alice Tapper
When sitting in a group, most women lack the confidence to share their ideas with the world. This book illustrates determination, courage and an unwillingness to accept the status quo and reminds women that they must express themselves because the world needs their words.
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22. The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman
If you wish to make that massive shift in your life but don’t know where to begin, this book is a must-read for you. The author gives a step-by-step guide on how to move out of your way and perform at your peak. It will teach you how to ignite the best version of yourself using techniques used by top athletes and executives.
23. The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
If you want to change your life while you still have the time to do that, consider reading this book. The author shares her experience working with those nearing death to help you understand that anything is possible if you make choices that align with your values.
24. If You Could Live Anywhere by Melody Warnick
If your job went fully remote in 2020 and is never going back, you have a whole new world in front of you. This book helps you to know how to create a personal location strategy taking stock of which location fits you best from all angles.
25. Presence by Amy Cuddy
We all have moments and occasions when we are jittery and nervous. This book talks about how we can deal with such situations in the best possible way without much life-changing and soul-searching. She talks about how body language, posture and other mind-body techniques can banish these butterflies from our stomachs.
Check out these self-help books and see how you grow and evolve.