Whether we like it or not, we can all do with a little self-help.
But for some reason, the word ‘self-help’ makes so many people cringe. You too? It reminds us of the episode of Sex and the City when Charlotte has to buy self-help books off Amazon because she is too embarrassed to buy them in store. We don’t know why this is the case… as big believers in self-improvement, we feel like there’s something to learn from so many others, regardless of the ‘genre’ that the book might fall into.
We’ve rounded up our favourite self-help books for women who loathe self-help books … and we swear you’ll actually love these! The magic of these books is that they can all be applied to different aspects of your life (home, work and family).
Give them a read and let us know what you think!
On the surface, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ is a book about de-cluttering your home and how you live. But once you finish reading the last page, you will realise that yes, it is about de-cluttering your house, but it’s also about de-cluttering your mind and figuring out what makes you happy.
Mari Kondo is a Japanese organisational consultant and in her book, she takes us step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organising, and storing.
From ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fame, Elizabeth Gilbert in her most recent book, ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’, shares stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her. It’s about what challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face what we most fear.
Elizabeth talks about shattering the perceptions of creativity and explains that it’s actually something that’s a lot simpler and easier than we think.
We love ‘10% Happier’ because it’s more of a memoir than a self-help book so it’s a light and easy read. It details how the author, Dan Harris, went from having a nationally televised panic attack to using meditation as a form of therapy.
‘10% Happier’ highlights that as busy as our lives are and will continue to be, it is so important to take a step back and find meaning in what we do.
Queen of the power pose, Amy Cuddy, does a deep dive into power posing in her new book, ‘Presence’. As a Harvard professor, there’s no surprise that Amy Cuddy uses scientific research as a basis of her book, but we also love all of the anecdotal advice she gives us.
It’s a must have for anyone who has ever suffered from self-doubt. Amy’s Ted Talk is also amazing to watch!
Are there any other self-help books that you love and think we should be reading? Tell us please!