How many self-help books are there out there? It’s like, a gazillion… But never fear, because we’ve taken all the hard work out of choosing which to read. Check out our list of the 10 most popular self-help books.
1. Feeling Good: The new mood therapy by David Burns M.D
The bestselling, Feeling Good, might at first glance be a book solely about how to self-treat depression in a drug free manner. And yes, of course it’s great for anyone who suffers from such a nightmare.
But the thing is, depression doesn’t just happen. There’s a whole big lead up to becoming clinically depressed. Stress, anxiety, pessimism, low self esteem, procrastination… They all have a big hand in what, for some, can be a life changing end result.
So the key is to discover ways to nip such problems before they become an issue. Burns has certainly put together a book that can show you exactly how to do this in a safe, clinically proven, drug and substance free manner.
2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The Last Lecture is, at first glance, a very sad book. It’s the extended version of the very last lecture made by Pausch before pancreatic cancer ended his days. But actually, this is a truly awe inspiring book, focusing on 3 subjects:
1 – The importance of having dreams
2 – Enabling the dreams of others
3 – Summarizing the life lessons Pausch learned during his own life.
The end result is a truly motivational read about the journey of self-development.
3. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Or, to give it its full title, The Purpose Driven Life: What on earth am I here for?, has been translated into 85 languages (second only to The Bible) and has become the bestselling non-fiction hardback book in history, so say Publisher’s Weekly.
The book focuses on following God’s plan for a fulfilled life, and is structured around the 5 core focuses of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission. The 40 chapters might seem heavy going, but tens of millions of people around the world can’t all be using it as a doorstop. This should definitely be on your bucket list of ‘books I have to read’.
4. The Prophet by Khalib Gilbran
Published in 1923, The Prophet, is another of the world’s best selling ever self-help books. The book blends poetry with self help, and delivers its message through the conversations a Prophet (named Almustafa) has with townsfolk while waiting to board a ship.
Clever, insightful, and meaningful. The book remains as current today as it did when first published nearly a century ago.
5. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Nobel Prize Winning, Thinking, Fast and Slow, takes the reader on a groundbreaking tour of the mind explaining the 2 systems that drive the way we think (no prizes for guessing these are, as the title gives away, ‘fast’ and ‘slow’.)
Winner of a plethora of prizes, this is the ultimate book for anyone looking to dive a little deeper into the psyche of human communication and how it can improve our lives.
6. The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck
The Road Less Traveled has spent over a decade on the New York Times Bestseller list. The author recognizes, in his words, that ‘life is difficult’. And the book isn’t about pretending that things are anything but. Instead, this is a book that journeys into how we can learn to live with said difficulties. And not only live with, but ultimately thrive and learn self-understanding.
The journey the book takes the reader on can be difficult – or even painful – at times. But the journey is, in general, gentle and smooth, and takes you towards you ultimate goal of total contentment.
7. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Selling millions of copies and being translated into more than 30 languages shows how popular You Can Heal Your Life has become since its publication in 1984. The ethos of the book is about the connection between physical disease and emotional and spiritual unwellness.
Healing the mind and spirit can have positive implications on healing the physical self. Hay’s book takes us on a journey of mental and spiritual strength, and the massive implications this can have on your physical self.
8. The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
The Seat of the Soul blends science, philosophy, and spirituality to give us a unique view on the journey that each and every one of us is going through right now: and that is that the human race is experiencing a shift in our evolution.
We’re learning to shift from what he refers to as ‘external power’ to one that’s far more internal. This voyage of discovery shows us how to tap into our inner power to take back control over our destiny, and ultimately manage to successfully deal with the hardships life throws us.
9. Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
King of self-help, success, and motivation, Tony Robbins, has written many an uber-successful book. Unlimited Power is perhaps one of his best. He outlines his 7 principles of success that, once learned and followed, can be used in literally any situation to power towards whatever it is that’s your goal.
Robbins calls it ‘the new power of personal achievement’. You can call it whatever you like – but we have to say, this guy certainly talks sense!
10. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck
Dweck’s, Mindset, is all about how our skills and behaviors have a massive influence on our ability to reach out goals. This Stamford University professor has spend decades in study, and the book is the culmination of her research.
Perhaps one of the most inspirational books ever written about motivation, this one might be at number 10 on our list, but it probably should’ve been at number 1. Awe inspiring, and covers a multitude of different subjects, such as parenting, school, relationships, and business – pretty much everything that, at some point in our lives, we’re going to need a kick up the backside if we’re to remain motivated.