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Best Self Help Books

Updated on October 2, 2013

The Best Self Help Books To Change Your Life!

A measure of the best self help books out there are ones which have changed my life.

The list of the top ten self help books below is a personal list but each of the books below have altered my life. Some have had drastic life changing effects, others have helped me change my lifestyle and overcome problems with worry, fear, money, overload and more.

The self help books below cover a wide range of areas from time management to fear, worry, parenting, simplicity, work and more.

So read how they have helped me, how some have changed my life and my personal reviews of the best self help books.

The Magic Of Thinking Big - A Life Changer!

The Magic of Thinking Big
The Magic of Thinking Big

This is one of my favorite self help books of all time. Just reading it makes me feel uplifted and positive.

It shows you that you have it in your power to achieve what you want just by changing your attitude, beliefs and taking action.

There are some many tips and insights of wisdom. You can start to change your life with small steps from always sitting in the fronts, using positive words, smiling big, maintaining eye contact and most importantly knowing that action cures fear. It shows you the power of your mind and how what you believe to be true will come true. So believe that yourself and your life is something great!

The first chapter starts with instilling self belief. "Believe you will succeed and you will". Each chapter has lots of wisdom, giving insight in building confidence and destroying fear, think and dream creatively, building positive attitudes, turning defeat into victory and lots more.

Really highly recommended. If you haven't read it, go and read the reviews on amazon, they are excellent.

 

Best Self Help Book To Overcome Fear.

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway

This is the first self help book I ever read and perhaps the best.

We all suffer from fear and it stops us from doing things. The brilliant advice of Susan Jeffers helps us act in spite of any fear we face. She enables us to look at and manage fear in a different way so we can really live and expand our lives. However, this book is so much more than this. It changed the whole perspective of my life. It also shows us that we can't make wrong decisions and that we can say yes to any circumstances in our life even if they are not what we would have chosen. It enables us to face life with a positive attitude rather than worry and negativity and lots more.

This book did change my life. After reading this book, I gave up my job, successfully retrained and changed my career, moved and went to live in another city and lots more. It's been over 10 years since I read this book and I still dip into my copy now and again for advice.

If you are not doing what you really want in your life because of fear of what you may loose. Or if you are stuck in your life because you are full of indecision. This book is for you. Very highly recommended!

 

Self Help for Busy Modern Times

Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More
Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More

This book can change your life by helping you enabling you to focus on achieving and enjoying your life more by doing less.

There are a lot of time management books available which aim to organise your life and time better but this one is different. It focuses on Paratos 80/20 rule, and applies it to different areas of life including doing work you enjoy and is productive, spending more time with family and friends and working on money.

 

Joy of Less

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

This book has been another life changer for me.

As a busy parent, I spend a lot of time sorting, tidying and cleaning clutter (clothes, washing, toys, books). We often spend a lot of our time working to buy material things which actually complicate our life. Everything we buy takes effort. We spend time on things from earning the money to pay for it, to cleaning it, maintaining and storing it.

This books shows us that actually we don't need half of this stuff. All the items we are keeping "just in case" we need them end up taking up our time, money and space. If we got rid of a lot of stuff, our lives would be simpler and easier. We would have more time and space. It also takes the reader through a step by step guide of each room and explains how to declutter and get rid of the things we don't need. It also gives advice on storing the things we do need so we are more organized.

I have taken a lot of advice in this book and I already spend a lot less time cleaning, clearing up and tidying. I've got a long way to go yet. If you're live feels cluttered and you feel overwhelmed I would recommend this self help book.

 

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series)

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff is the second self help book I ever read.

It's a collection of short essays by Richard Carlson and it's a great book to dip into and get some wise advice every now and again.

I've listed it in my list of best self help books because I still remember some of the great advice in this book.

The advice gives you practical advice to put the battles of everyday life in perspective. Lessons include:

Become Aware of Your Moods and Don't Allow Yourself to be Fooled by the Low Ones

Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Choose Being Kind Over Being Right

Become a Less Aggressive Driver

Think of Your Problems as Potential Teachers

Get Comfortable Not Knowing

Remember, One Hundred Years from Now, All New People

Live This Day as if it Were Your Last. It Might Be

 

Best Parenting Self Help Book

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Obviously you need to be a parent to appreciate this book (although it has helped me think about the way I speak to my husband too).

This is the one parenting book that all parents should have in my opinion.

It gives ways to deal with all kind of issues and challenges we have with our children just by changing the way we speak and making sure that we really listen to them. It has tons of practical advice for dealing with issues that occur on a day to day basis too.

 

Four Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

I liked this self help book as it makes you understand that there is another way to earn money and work for a living than by working 40 hours a week and more.

Tim Ferris uses his personal experience and shares how he managed to cut his working week down from about 80 hours to about 4.

I still don't have a 4 hour work week but I see that if you are dedicated to following all the advice in his book you could do. However, it has helped me cut down my working week by implementing some of the suggestions in the book. It's well worth a read!

 

Self Help Book To Overcome Worry

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Dale Carnegie is famous for writing his book "How To Win Friends and Influence People" - which is another fantastic self help book. However, as I have always been a worrier since childhood, this book actually helped me a lot more.

It has been really well researched and offers lots of concrete suggestions of how to deal with and overcome worry.

As well as this, there is lots of information to make us question as to why we worry in the first place. Finally, there's lots of personal stories of chronic worriers who have used specific strategies to overcome worrying.

I read parts of this book over and over again and it really helped me. I don't refer to it much anymore because I really do worry much less, which I attribute to much of the advice in this book.

A great self help book if you suffer with worry.

 

Personal Development for Smart People

Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth
Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

I'm a big fan of Steve Pavlina's blog. If you haven't read it check it out. I'm not in agreement with everything he says but he has some invaluable advice on there and reading his articles have given me a whole new perspective on life.

As I have loved and gained so much from his blog, I also bought his book. I was a bit apprehensive that the book would just repeat what is on his blog but he presents his ideas in a new perspective. It covers areas including money, habits, career, And it looks at all these topics from the areas of truth, love and power. I like the sections on truth. It forces you to honestly face situations and issues that are happening in your life, without having your mind lie to you. It is actually quite an uncomfortable task to do, which is always good for growth.

The good thing about Steve is that he tells you that self help is hard. It's not just a case of positive thinking and it takes time. But this is more helpful for substantial and lasting change.

It's not like other self help books, in the fact that it gets you to ask your own questions and look at your own life with more clarity.

 

Self Help for Happiness

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

This book is quite autobiographical and tells of one woman's attempt to become happier in a year.

Each month she focuses on a different part of her life and attempts to make changes to improve it and make herself happier.

A lot of what she tries is quite simple, like going to bed earlier and getting more sleep but it's actually very interesting to read about the changes she makes every month and how they affect her life. It's also inspiring to see how you could have your own happiness project and have a different happiness goal each month.

The author also has a happiness project blog.

 

Self Help Books I Have Read

Here are a couple more self help books that I have read that have helped with various aspects of my life.

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

Excellent book on parenting.

It looks at how the busy lives our children lead and the overstimulation of children through surplus toys, video games and more have a negative effect on our children.

It looks at how we can benefit as parents and as children by simplifying our lifes through less toys, less scheduled activities and less media.

It offers some great tips for busy parents to make more time for themselves and for their children without telling them to give up work and disrupting their lives too much. An excellent read.

 
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Published in May 2012 this is an excellent read.

It gives lots and lots of advice to help you start your own business with a minimal amount of money. It explains how you can do what you love and make a living with a minimal amount of risk.

It shows that absolutely anybody can make a living on their own.

Best of all there is lots of practical advice in this book. I loved it.

 

Best Self Help Books

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    • john-dewitt-7 profile image

      john-dewitt-7 4 years ago

      Love Tim Ferriss' work! Great lens!

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      improvemyself 4 years ago

      The 4 hour work week is a great one that not a ton of people know about. I love it!

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      Hey lucidliving! I really enjoyed reading your list of self-improvement titles. Books like this remind me of the old Zig Ziglar quote, when he was told "Motivation doesn't last" He replied, "Yep. And neither does bathing, that's why its recommended daily". I have a lens about self-improvement that I think is complimentary to yours - its all about new paradigms for change and reaching goals. I'd be honored if you gave it a read and let me know what you think. Either way, thank you for this cool lens!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      VERY GOOD choice of good books to read..!!!

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      accfuller 5 years ago

      Very nice lens :)