Tuesday, 15 June 2021

8 self-help books that aren't complete sh*t and can actually help you

When it comes to self-help books many people are sceptical and can't comprehend how reading something can make a difference to your journey - this is a prime case of 'don't knock it unless you've tried it', and even then they may still help someone else so don't stir them away.  

Self-help books are there to help you realise that you can achieve anything you want to in life and to solidify that what you believe is not always set in stone. 

They encourage you to be the main character of your own journey and can coach you in a positive direction.

Some books can speak in general terms while others provide a step by step guide on how to overcome certain situations. Not all of these books are the same, some are there to help kickstart your journey, some are there to help you goal set and others are there for when you have achieved your goals.

Here are some of the best ones that we recommend to read no matter what:

This book aims to guide you through the process of tidying up your work life through the art of organisation. 

It claims that by simplifying and organising your work life once you will never have to do it again. 

Marie Kondo is a method pioneer and Scott Sonenshein is an organisational psychologist, the book aims to combine their expertise and help you to refocus your mind on what is most important and the results shown in some examples through the book appear to have lifechanging results. 

The book looks at advice on common problems such as desk and email organisation to workplace distractions. This is all with the aim to make you feel more empowered and motivated to forward your career. 

In our humble opinion, it is the perfect read to kickstart the home work-life balance. 

Contrary to popular opinion Mark Mansion’s book looks at the “counterintuitive approach to living a good life”. 

He does not believe that positive thinking is the key to a happy and rich life. He ultimately believed the “shit is fucked, and we have to live with it”. 

The king of not sugar-coating anything feels that the way forward is being honest and simply saying it as it is. He is a firm believer that the key to success is to care less and learn to stomach the things we can’t particularly change. 

It teaches you that once you start to embrace things and confront how they really are then it is far easier to move on from them and also a strong message to take away is that there really is only so much you can care about so focus on what really matters. 

This book focuses on life’s failures, how to handle them successfully and how to truly harness the power that comes from failure. 

Megan McArdle has been a business blogger for over 10 years and has seen both the highs and the lows of many industries as well as some of the world’s leading companies. 

Incorporating her own knowledge with that of research from a variety of experts to look at how to reinvent yourself when you are down and how to learn from failure. 

This book is excellent in teaching that not all failure has to be negative and it can be so easily spun into a positive stepping stone for future success. 

The iconic Toy Story quote, “I’m not flying, I am falling with style” perfectly sums up what can be taken from this book as it is about putting a positive spin on what can work as opposed to what is unachievable.

This one is extremely relatable for many reasons as it offers stories from the clients of a therapist and there is one thing that everyone can relate to. 

The author, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist whose clients are all going through a variety of different problems including new parents, an alcoholic, a terminally ill person and many more as it looks into their progress over a year. 

This book allows a rare insight into a world that is often shrouded with shame and secrecy and shows us that at the end of the day everyone is doing the best they can and that can be so comforting when you’re struggling. 

It is perfect for anyone who has ever felt emotions (all of us, basically) and anyone who needs a good giggle.

The Secret explores how a positive mental attitude and the way you look at things can lead you on a path to success and true happiness. 

It looks at the law of attraction and how positive thinking can lead to health, wealth and true happiness for anyone willing to believe in it. 

The author believed that people think and feel so they send that frequency out into the universe and by thinking positively then the best results will come back to you. 

This book is referred to by many readers as "life-changing" and although there is no scientific proof and some class it to be controversial it has still sold over 19 million copies in over 40 languages, so can that many people really be wrong?

Good Vibes, Good Life teaches a simple lesson which to many may seem daunting but the author believes that by changing the way you think, feel, speak and act then you can begin to change the world! 

It encourages readers to practice self-care, make positive lifestyle choices and manifest goals. By doing this is suggests that you can overcome your fear and find a higher purpose not only for yourself but for others too. 

The author Vex King overcame much adversity and has become a source of hope for many and this book accumulates much of his personal experience to inspire you. 

It's one that will certainly be a fan amongst those who live by the motto of “treat others how you would want to be treated” but challenges you to treat yourself in that same way too.

Being funny for a living can often come at a price, many never notice that those who are most happy are often the ones who struggle the most. 

Tara Schuster was a rising TV executive who helped many launch themselves into a life of superstardom, but beneath that, she was riddled with insecurities and questionable coping mechanisms. 

On calling a therapist drunk and begging for help she realised that she had hit rock bottom. 

Her book looks at how to become a “ninja” of self-love. It looks at teaching you how to feel and completely transform yourself mentally as well as creating a life that you are happy to be a part of. 

This book has been labelled a practical way to growing up and the best part is it is hilarious along the way.

What started as a viral article with over a million views in two weeks is now a book guiding the way to a happier, more fulfilling and truly happier life. 

Amy Morin, who is no stranger to heartbreak, lost her husband suddenly whilst working as a therapist and psychologist but refused to succumb to resentment and self-pity. 

Instead, she spent 10 years refining the principles that got her through and identifying the 13 common habits that hold people back in life and more importantly how to avoid them. 

This book is a triumph in expressing how to build up mental strength like a gym for the mind. It also shows the importance of productiveness which can be applied to almost anything.

Written by Jessica Murray.



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