Self Help Books I Have Read & Recommend
I often find myself reading one of two genres of books: self-help and spirituality. I’m big on nonfiction and I mostly stick to it - hey, I know what I like. And not only what I like, but what I can directly attribute to helping me be where I am today. I am genuinely (annoyingly?) happy, I am living a sunshine-filled life in Mexico, I have the most amazing, hilarious and badass friends, and I am fully supporting myself with my own income through entrepreneurship. Of course, I still have bigger goals I want to achieve in my lifetime, but I know the way to getting there is by continuing to read and grow through the principles in these types of books.
I think the self-help and spirituality genres greatly overlap in the Venn diagram of book content and advice. So to those who want to point out that some of these books fall under spirituality and not self-help, I say - same same. And if I’m being completely honest, the only reason this post title says self-help is because it’s a stronger word for SEO.
Now that we’ve gone over that, I still have one more point to make before getting to the actual book recommendations. And the point is, none of these books will help you if you’re not open to their concepts and advice. If you resist the words you read, you’re going to continue the same patterns you’ve been repeating and continue to create the same life you’re leading. And, because you’re reading an article about self-help book recommendations, I’m assuming that’s exactly what you don’t want. If you pick up one of these books, read a few pages and think “that’s not me”, it’s probably, in fact, very very you, so keep a’ readin’.
BIG MAGIC BY ELIZABETH GILBERT
An amazing read if you’re looking to spark creativity in your life.
THE UNTETHERED SOUL BY MICHAEL A SINGER
This book helped me become more aware of my thoughts and step into the observer. I reread it every year and am always mindblown by how I identify with different chapters over the years. It’s a great read for anyone at any level looking to increase their self-awareness.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS BY DON MIGUEL LUIS
I read this book while going through quite a transition in my life. It inspired me to take more responsibility for my past and present, then confirm what I want in life moving forward and continue to reaffirm it daily.
ATOMIC HABITS BY JAMES CLEAR
This is the GSD (get sh*t done) book. If you have big dreams but don’t understand why you’re not making them a reality, learn how to create better habits. Read this book.
WHEN THINGS FALL APART BY PEMA CHODRON
Pema has, in my opinion, the best advice for processing your emotions and handling tough times. If your life is in a transition or if you’re feeling all the feels, give this book a try. It can help you process your thoughts and feelings in an intentional way, instead of shoving them in a closet, only to become baggage.
YOU ARE A BADASS BY JEN SINCERO
The ultimate get-inspired-and-go-out-and-do-something-with-you-life kind of book! I love Jen’s voice, her short stories and the messages she tells in this book. I find myself laughing when I read it, even though I’ve read and listened to it at least a dozen times. I highly recommend the audiobook. There’s nothing quite as satisfying an author reading her own work.
HABITS OF A HAPPY BRAIN BY LORETTA GRAZIANO BREUNING, PHD
Psychology meets life hacking in this book. Dr. Bruening outlines the hormones that make us happy and how to get more of them. I love how this book is outlined with charts and summaries to help digest the scientific information. Great read for understanding how we tick.