10 Best self-improvement books that are worth reading

Some people tend to discard self-improvement books as being irrelevant, but everyone needs a little help in their lives sometimes, and being able to get some advice from someone who has been there before can be of immense value. Whether you want to succeed in your job, lose weight, or you need some guidance dealing with heartbreak, there is a self-help book out there for you. What self-improvement books do best is they open up your eyes to the fact that you can change things and you can improve your life. Here are ten such self-improvement books that we think are well worth a read. (All links to Amazon are in paragraph titles.)

1. Live a Life of No Regrets by Suzie Hayman

Everyone has some regrets in their life, but in this fascinating book, Suzie Hayman explains her 7 step action plan that can help you live your life without having regrets that weigh you down. One thing that is so good about this book is that it contains practical advice on the small steps that you can take to deal with regrets and examples of how real people have come to terms with their own regrets too.

2. The key to calm by Linda Blair

This is another one of great self-improvement books. If you are suffering from stress, then this book could be an absolute lifesaver. Linda Blair is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and she combines her unquestionable knowledge on the subject with her easy to read writing style to produce a book that can lift the weight of stress from your shoulders. It’s a great 5-step programme for slowing down and simplifying your life and, through that process, reducing your stress levels.

3. Choosing Me before We by Christine Arylo

This is a superb book about relationships that will be helpful for women of all ages and, whatever stage of a relationship you are in, there is something here for you. More than anything else, this book shows you how loving your own true self is more important than making compromises to find love from someone else. It’s a helpful read for anyone who is working through difficult relationship issues.

4. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns

Many people say that this is one of those self-improvement books that can transform lives. Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, David Burns teaches the reader to understand that their own thinking patterns can bring them down and how to counter that way of thinking. It explains how your mood and your thoughts about yourself can be controlled and it is a good book for people who suffer with a negative self-image, right the way through to people who suffer with depression.

5. Be Your Potential by Joseph Clough

If shyness and self-doubt are holding you back, then this is one of fabulous self-improvement books that will help you achieve your full potential. The author, Joseph Clough, overcame his own shyness with the very same techniques he explains in this book, so he knows what he is talking about. The advice that Clough provides is broken down into manageable, achievable steps that anyone can follow easily.

6. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was one of the pioneers of the self-improvement genre and is probably best known for his book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Although this book was first published way back in 1948, it is still 100% relevant today, even if the language is a little dated. If your life is filled with anxiety and worry, then this book could hold the answers for you.

7. How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove

This is one of the biggest selling self-improvement books of all time and will be of immense use to anyone going through the pain of bereavement, or a breakup. Reading the book is like listening to the wise advice of a trusted friend. It gives you all that you need to survive a loss of any kind and it teaches you how to gain the strength to get through difficult times.

8. Five Two for a New You by Janet Menzies

You may have heard of the Five Two diet, which is the one where you fast for two days and eat normally for the rest of the week. This amazing book by Janet Menzies shows you how you can apply the same principle to every aspect of your everyday life. The book has been said to have changed people’s lives by teaching them how to create a balance in all that they do. It’s another really good read.

9. The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

This is another one of fantastic self-improvement books that is worth mentioning. Despite all the hardships that The Dalai Lama has suffered, you never see him looking anything else than happy. In this book, written by the Nobel Prize winning spiritual leader of Tibet, and Dr. Howard Cutler, you will find Buddhist teachings and a whole lot of down to earth common sense. Quite simply, it is the definitive guide on how to find happiness in life, from a man who leads the way in being happy.

10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Anyone who is looking to move on in their life should read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. The book has sold over ten million copies and is a guide to building the positive habits in life that will make you effective at whatever you do. It begins by asking you to look at yourself, and then goes on to look at how you deal with other people and the world around you. It’s not simply a list of tips; it’s a cohesive guide and book that is well worth reading from cover to cover.

What are your favourite self-improvement books?

Stay happy!

One Comment

  1. Jade
    October 9, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Love these books!

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