If you have ever been to my house and have seen my bookshelf, you would know that I am a FREAK about finding the best self improvement books. When I go to Barnes & Noble, I go directly to the Self Help section and I have no interest in looking in any other area of the store (my family and friends just shake their head ) I've always had the desire and have enjoyed the process of figuring out how to improve in different areas of my life.
My self improvement books have a wide range from learning how to raise kids, strengthen relationships, to find inner peace, live for today, find joy in life (no matter what you have experienced) and self love. Some would say that I'm like a Pollyanna, cause I REALLY want to have an insane amount of love, joy, peace and happiness in my life (I know... that sounds like a Christmas card) every single day and all year around. I mean really...is that too much to ask?!? I don't think so! I believe that you can have this and whatever else you desire, as long as it is good in nature. The process of how to learn to create a happy, fulfilling life is not an easy one...but one that is definitely worth it. I have been reading these kinds of books for years and have read the same ones over and over again and I still struggle EVERY SINGLE DAY! Whenever I have days of sadness, feeling negative or impatient, are the days that I need to read these books even more. They have helped me pull out of deep depressing days and have guided me to my happy places of light and joy.
This book by Wayne Dyer is my current favorite. I bought the book on CD and I listen to it while I'm driving around with the kids or when I am traveling. This will inspire you to the core...it's a little deep, but if you take his words of advice, you WILL be undoubtedly successful and happy in your life.
This is another one of my favorite self help books. It an amazing story about a women who had a near death experience while experiencing cancer that had spread to every part of her body and all of her organs were shut down. She talks about her experience in heaven and her choice to come back to earth and heal. She was cancer free within a few weeks of her near death experience. Truly inspirational...
The Five Love Language Books are some of my all time favorites! I love them because they help you understand why people do what they do. In relationships trying to understand what makes your significant other tick is key...this book helps you figure that out and how to appropriately respond to them. The five love languages are: Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Gifts, Words of Affirmation and Quality Time. We each have 2 main love languages and that is basically how we feel love. For example, mine are Acts of Service and Words of Affirmation. If someone went and washed my car for me to be nice, that shows love more to me than if they bought me something. Don't get me wrong, I love it when people buy things for me, but the thought behind it truly means more to me than the monetary value. Gary Chapman has released these books for relationships with a spouse, child or teenager. He also came out a singles edition and one just for men. Highly recommend.
A friend of mine told me about this book and I literally just finished reading it last night. I loved Blair Singers message and it seems to be a pretty simple concept. I thoroughly enjoyed how he writes, it felt like I was having a conversation with him throughout the entire book. He has a gift of making things very clear and he focuses on helping you stop listening to all the little voices in your head (aka other peoples opinions or long held beliefs). This book helps you to see the importance of not worrying about what other people think, to become more self aware and it also helps you get on a path of fulfillment in your life. I absolutely loved reading this book!!
When I began my quest of Spiritual Enlightenment, this is the first self improvement book I read. Eckhart Tolle is a miraculous person and I wish I could live like him all the time. He helps you to live your life in the NOW, and that time is just an illusion. Yet, there is so much more to it. I put this on my iPod and every night before I would go to bed, I would listen to him speak. His voice is so calming and he just makes so much sense to me.