There are a lot of so-called self-help books out there. Many of these books are full of made-up, phony, semi-inspirational tidbits of information. There are several, however, that are actually helpful and have changed the lives of those who have read them. It gets exhausting to have to wade through the piles of personal improvement books, but I am here to help you out! I have done all of the research for you ahead of time. Here are the four self-help books that everyone should read…
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
This book presents its readers with a new perspective for solving both professional and personal problems. The practical knowledge provided by this work is not only easily accessible, but can also be applied to many different types of lifestyles. The reviews of this book are overwhelmingly positive. Even those with strong biases against this type of book have found The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change to be very helpful and applicable to their lives.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
First published in 1936, this book has stood the test of time as an influential source for advice for many successful people. This book has been recommended to me by countless professors and speakers. Its impact on today’s society is immense and it continues to help people, even after 77 years. The main point of this book seems quite obvious; be nice to people and you will be successful. This book, however, translates this seemingly simple piece of advice into something relatable and meaningful. This book is an absolutely necessary read for anyone interested in improving themselves.
The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self by Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Debbie Ford
Written by three of the top personal-help writers, this book provides a practical method for handling your dark side. Chopra, Williamson, and Ford work together to illuminate the dark shadow of your inner being. This may sound slightly corny, but these authors really know what they are talking about! Since they each provide a different method and perspective about how to bring your hidden self forward, there is a solution for everyone in this book.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
This New York Times Bestseller approaches time in a way that is different from the way most people think. Its teachings have been compared to those of both Catholicism and Buddhism. Though this book may celebrate the teachings of these old religions, it does so in a contemporary and approachable way. Some critics have slammed it as “spiritual mumbo jumbo” or as not having anything new to say, but this book combines the inspirational and helpful ideas of old ways with a new style of rhetoric and practicality.