10 Self-Help Books and How They Work

Health and wellness are two of the most important aspects of life. Obtaining great health and wellness is multi-dimensional, complex and unique to everyone. However, it can be easy to understand through coherent and interesting writing. Hence, the world of self-help books.

Who doesn’t love a good self-help book? Whether you’re looking for work advice, life direction, or help with forming habits or some daily inspiration, self-help books are the place to start. This genre is rapidly expanding with so many incredible books on the market today.

Some are cheesy and light-hearted, while others get down to the real-life tough stuff. It’s up to you to find what works best for you. Either way, it’s plain and simple and self-help books can make you feel great.

What are self-help books?

The self-help genre has been around forever. These books have long served as a guide to emotional and behavioral life.

Today, they can take on many forms and are written about many different topics. They usually focus on popular psychology such as human behavior, relationships and mental health and are written in an easy-to-read and interesting way.

Some take the form of your personal therapist, where it guides you through life while providing emotional support. Others act as a strict teacher and lays down ground rules while they provide daily encouragement.

You can find self-help books about intense psychological topics like depression, anxiety, destructive habits and emotional behaviors. Romance, happiness, confidence and practicing gratitude are other, more light-hearted topics. Self-help books serve as an entertaining and productive way to enhance your everyday life. 

Are they right for me?

If you are committed to improving your quality of life, self-help books are right for you. I say committed, because without dedication, they are no more than a thing with paper and words. To feel the effects of the words you’re reading, you must focus in and truly grasp what the author is saying.

It may take some trial-and-error in finding the right book for you, but if you’re ready to take that step and commit, it will be worth it. Whatever it is in life you’re looking to improve on, you can find a book to guide you.

You took the first call to action – buying the book. That first action is reinforced when you begin reading and your reading is ratified when you start to feel good. It becomes a beautiful cycle. All it takes is the first action and you’re on your way to improving your life. 

If you’re new to the world of self-improvement like me, these are great recommendations to get you started. And if you’re more versed, or even an expert, but haven’t read these – they are definitely worth a read.

10% Happier
By: Dan Harris

In his book, author Dan Harris recounts changes he made in his life after a nationally televised panic attack. Harris describes how he used self-help and meditation to alleviate the voice in his head and evolve into the person he is today.

Girl, Stop Apologizing
By: Rachel Hollis

Women too often live below their full potential, says author Rachel Hollis. In her book, she sounds a wake-up call and teaches women how to get what they want in life without fear or guilt holding them back.

Make Your Bed
By: Admiral William H. McRaven

In his book, Admiral William McRaven teaches us about the importance of making our bed every day. “If you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task, and another and another,” he says.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
By: Lori Gottlieb

Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb describes the world of therapy, inspires her readers to seek counsel and encourages us to challenge ourselves. She takes a light-hearted approach in explaining where her patients are looking for answers that we might be seeking too.

The Big Life
By: Ann Shoket

Author Ann Shoket describes how we all want The Big Life, and how we want it on our own terms. This book is targeted at the evolving young woman seeking meaningful success in all endeavors and Shoket teaches us how.


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