Looking for a great book on self-improvement? Bored of all the ‘normal’ ones you find in such lists? Yes – we are too…
So check out the following 9 books that really do offer useful and meaningful advice on how to become the very best ‘you’ possible – without any of the usual yadda yadda yadda that so many of them seem to spout.
1. What Is It? – Lynda Berry
Berry’s reputation as a cartoonist is awesome! And What Is It certainly is as well. This book is part scrapbook, part cartoons, and is the perfect antidote to our crazy world – and the ideal companion for anyone who wants to discover how to be more creative in life. And whilst most buyers of this book might be looking at it for inspiration of an artistic nature, it’s also a great read for learning the art of creativity in any aspect – and that includes creating the life you truly want to have.
2. Walking On Sunshine – Rachel Kelly
Walking On Sunshine is a life changer. And once you delve into its pages it becomes blindingly obvious why it’s a bestseller. Simple, light reading that provides you with weekly tools and tips that you can utilize to increase your happiness and coping mechanisms in an ever-stressful world.
The writing never takes itself too seriously, and there’s no complicated ‘stuff’ to remember. It’s just jam packed full of easy to carry out to advice into how to live the best life possible – and to be happy along the way.
3. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F@*! – by Mark Manson
This is THE self-improvement book for people who would never, ever read a self-improvement book. The Subtle Art is the book that Manson wrote after his wildly entertaining blog went viral. This New York Times bestseller cuts away with all the bull, and talks about real life, and real ways we can improve how we live it.
There’s not even the teeniest tiniest sign of the ‘X Factor – big yourself up, all of us can do anything we want to’. This book is for the realists out there. For those who recognize that all humans have limitations, and that by realizing that about ourselves means we can actually power forward and improve ourselves within those parameters. And hey, it’s pretty damn entertaining too…
4. Success Is An Exaggeration – by Deb Dutta
This easy read book is the perfect antithesis to today’s crazy ‘do better, faster, and more’ mentality. In Success Is An Exaggeration, Dutta outlines how most of us don’t fall into the regular sequence of success as most of us think we need to. Instead, success in all aspects of life comes through recognizing our own flashes of brilliance (that we all have), and using them to edge further towards our goals.
A great book for every aspect of your life, not simply your professional career.
5. The Little Book Of Hygee – by Meik Wiking
Hygee is the Danish philosophy of well-being, comfort, and togetherness. And we can learn a lot from them! The Little Book Of Hygee provides loads of tips, advice, and ideas into how to experience more joy and contentment in the inimitable way of the Danish.
It’s worth a read. There has to be a reason why the Danes are constantly voted as the happiest people in the world…
6. Switch On Your Brain – Dr. Caroline Leaf
A more scientific book than the rest in the list, Switch On Your Brain details the fast being proven fact that our thoughts can directly affect our physical health – and up to an incredible 96% of the time! In her book, Leaf provides us with ‘prescriptions’ for better health through learning the correct thinking patterns that determine this.
Detox your thoughts, and you can truly detox your life – and reap all the benefits that comes with it.
7. A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled – by Ruby Wax
Who doesn’t love Ruby Wax? Another number one bestseller, A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled is exactly as it says in the title. Learn the simple changes that can help you ‘de-frazzle’ for good, and gain the improvement in your life that so many of us crave. After all, stress is good – in small amounts. So learning how to control it when the stress levels reach dangerous highs is essential to being the best you possible.
8. The Happiness Advantage – by Shawn Achor
Achor’s, The Happiness Advantage, covers the seven core principles of positive psychology. Principles that each of us can use to improve performance, career, and gain a competitive working edge. Interestingly we learn that the art of being happy fuels our success and performance. So if you want to be happy (and who doesn’t?), as well as successful, then this is the book for you.
9. You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero
Entertaining yet packed full of real advice, You Are A Badass is the work of success coach, Jen Sincero, and deservingly topped the New York Times Bestseller list for months. You’ll discover how to truly understand who you are, why that is, how to change parts if you need to, and then to take this super-powered you to fire towards whatever goals in life that you choose.