Happy New Year!!!
Anybody who knows me well knows I love self-help books. I picked up the habit from my mom, and since then they’ve always been a source of new ideas and motivation for me. Since now is the time for fresh starts, I wanted to share with you the books which helped me through 2015. That, plus I had way too much fun photographing them to reflect their personalities. 🙂
I hope these 9 favorites inspire you to grow into a stronger and happier version of yourself this 2016!
*I’ve rated the books out of 5 in terms of readability + insight, so a 5/5 means it’s an easy read with great insights
BOOKS FOR A HAPPIER YOU:
RATING: 3.5/5 insight and readability – “Now is now, and now is already a long time ago.” I prefer this sequel over “The Happiness Project” because it takes a slower and more meaningful approach to choosing happiness in the here and now. Rubin’s style of combining narrated experience + philosophy = simple habits + new insights has always appealed to me, and while her stories are her own, the resolutions hit closer to home than you think.
RATING: 4.5/5 insight, 4/5 readability – “Nothing ever happened in the past or the future, it happened in the Now.” This book got me through tough times last year. It’s an ideal read if you’re looking for healing and peace regardless of circumstance. Tolle’s wise words put things into perspective every time.
RATING: 5/5 insight, 3.5/5 readability – It’s great because it takes Pareto’s Principle (20% of input is responsible for 80% of results) beyond business and applies it to the pursuit of happiness. HIGHLY recommended for anyone looking to improve their life quality by focusing on what’s truly important (in work or otherwise) and letting go of time and energy-sucking activities. Also recommended for people who enjoy reading business non-fiction.
BOOKS TO MOTIVATE YOU:
RATING: 3/5 insight and readability – This is helpful for anyone starting a new job this year or simply transitioning into a new role. Though nothing beats experience, this book has some valuable insights. Recommended for fresh grads starting their careers.
RATING: 4/5 insight, 3.5/5 readability – The title sounds like magic, but truly this classic does wonders for motivation. It’s a great reminder that sheer willpower, the right attitude, and follow-through action will get you places. Recommended for anyone who has big dreams and is crazy enough to go after what they want.
RATING: 3/5 insight + 4.5/5 readability -Behind every great entrepreneur is a story of ambition, mistakes, and lessons learned. Amoruso takes us through her rollercoaster of going from broke and bored to becoming the ultimate girlboss. A good read for those who enjoy rags to riches stories.
BOOKS ON HOW TO BE FABULOUS:
RATING: 5/5 insight and readability – I’ve had this book for ages but I always come back to it because it reminds me not to take life too seriously! A great read for those who enjoy fashion, love hilarious stories, and want quirky advice from Barney’s Creative Ambassador, Simon Doonan. 5/5 for the entertainment value + timeless style advice.
RATING: 4/5 insight and readability – Fitness goals are always on the top of people’s resolutions list, so here is a book which actually gave me results as compared to other health-stuff books. Harper’s rules might be tough to follow at first, but the long term habits listed here do work.
RATING: 5/5 insight and readability – While this book is considered an advertising classic, it’s full of–what else–damn good advice for anyone who wants to cultivate more creativity and passion in their work/life and a whole lot less of mediocrity. Highly recommended for Lois’ straight up, in-your-face bullets of wisdom.
With thousands of self-help books out there, there’s a lot of good advice to be had but in the end it’s up to you which ones to apply to your life. Have fun choosing which to read first and let me know how the books changed you! 🙂
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