A new month, a new season, a new start for those of us looking to tweak our lives for the better. We've curated a list of books that we consider some of the go-to guides for finding enlightenment, overcoming fear, cultivating fulfillment, eliminating clutter, clearing the past, appreciating the moment, defining success, living in gratitude, loving yourself, and creating joy. Some are self-improvement classics you will recognize while others are new to the party. Happy reading!
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Carlton Abrams (Author)
Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? In The Book of Joy, these two global heroes stare into the abyss and despair of our time and reveal how to live a life brimming with joy. Join them as they explore the nature of True Joy, confront each of the Obstacles of Joy, offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness, and share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
by Jen Sincero
Jen Sincero, cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.
Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You
By Deepak Chopra
In Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra presents ten lessons to help build awareness and change the distorted energy patterns that are the root cause of aging, infirmity, and disease. These ten breakthroughs– five for the body, five for the soul– lead to self-transformation. In clear, accessible terms, Chopra shows us how to commit ourselves to deeper awareness, focus on relationships instead of consumption, embrace every day as a new world, and transcend the obstacles that afflict body and mind.
FearFlip: Following Fear to Find Your Freedom
By Natalie Gail
If fear, anxiety, or depression is preventing you from realizing your true self and living a life of joy, FearFlip: Following Fear to Find Your Freedom is a must read. In FearFlip, Natalie Gail reveals her paradigm-changing understanding of fear and offers simple techniques to follow fear to your ultimate freedom. Learn how to value fear as a trusted, reliable friend that you can count on to guide you back to peace. Receive FearFlip™, a practical yet potent tool to transmute fear: the root of all stress, worries, and emotional pain—into love and the calm that results. Discover the natural state of love resulting in your personal experience of fearlessness, unshakable joy, and bliss.
Meet The New You: A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change
by Elisa Pulliam
Designed as self-improvement for Christian women, Elisa Pulliam empowers readers to take charge of their own life transformation by engaging in a meaningful relationship with God and His Word. Each chapter of Meet The New You gives practical and interactive ways to address some of the biggest obstacles that stand in the way of permanent change. Through stories, biblical application, personality assessments, thought-provoking questions, and life-coaching principles, Meet the New You helps women understand who they are, cultivate a vision for who they want to become, recognize what holds them back, and determine the steps necessary to put new, practical habits into action.
The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live a happy, peaceful and active life, and face ageing and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this guide will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle has inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny
by Anthony Robbins
Wake up and take control of your life! From the bestselling author Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, Awaken the Giant Within shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Relaunch Your Life: Break the Cycle of Self-Defeat, Destroy Negative Emotions and Reclaim Your Personal Power
by Scott Allan
Relaunch Your Life takes you by the hand and guides you through the four mindsets that are failing you. You will learn to overcome fear and uncertainty, remove your issues with low self-esteem, and and put an end to the negative emotions stopping you from living the life you really want. You can eliminate your connection to negative behaviour and learn to live a more fulfilling, happier, and freedom-rich lifestyle. Are you ready to Relaunch Your Life and be everything you’ve ever wanted?
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
by Deepak Chopra
In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into seven simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life. Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition.Instead, Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: Once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly.
10-Minute Mindfulness: 71 Habits for Living in the Present Moment
by S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport
In 10-Minute Mindfulness, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport show how to anchor yourself in the present moment, even if it's for just a few minutes at a time. This book is for anyone who recognize the need to improve their focus, productivity, happiness, and peace of mind. Not only can you choose from a selection of 71 mindfulness habits, you will also discover the practical tools to turn these actions into automatic behaviors. These new habits will take you from morning to evening, so you can practice mindfulness any time of day. In 10-Minute Mindfulness you can "choose your own adventure," and pick the mindfulness habits that will have the biggest positive impact on your life.
The Seat of the Soul
by Gary Zukav
The Seat of the Soul encourages you become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. Beginning with evolution, Gary Zukav takes you on a penetrating exploration of the new phase humanity has entered: we are evolving from a species that understands power as the ability to manipulate and control—external power—into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul--authentic power. Our evolution requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Using his scientist’s eye and philosopher’s heart, Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all of our relationships with meaning and purpose.
Make Your Bed
By Admiral William H. McRaven
On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer
Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. In The Untethered Soul, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.
Loving What Is: How Four Questions Can Change Your Life
by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell
Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use The Work-- her revolutionary process-- that consists of four questions and your answers. It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem. You’ll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work’s power to solve problems; Many say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in "impossible" situations.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck
Psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, see how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.