5 Books That Will Increase Your Happiness
Reading is a great way to center yourself, but more importantly, reading the right books can change your life and make you more joyful person. These 5 books got me into motion and made me feel more balanced... I hope they will do the same for you.
P.S. I may read a lot of books, but I don't consider myself much of a writer so these are just some recommendations that I found life changing. Each review will be short and sweet because I want you to spend your time reading these books and developing yourself!
1. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Author: Dale Carnegie
This book is full of information and is a must read for personal development. As I looked through my notes in my copy of the book, I noticed I had bookmarked so many pages that included quotes that resonated with me and things I promised myself I would never forget. Let me tell you, about half the pages are folded and scribbled all over, this book is by far the best read and if you are just going to read one book, please read this. Frankly, I wish I would have found this book sooner. I learned multiple techniques to deal with the worries I was having. My favorite tool summarized in my own words- I asked myself these questions...
1. What am I worrying about?
2. What are my options? (Weigh all of the options and use facts to get more information)
3. What is the worst case scenario?
4. Can I accept the worse case scenario?
I have used these questions time and time again and let me tell you it works for me everytime.
2. Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love
Author: Melissa Ambrosini
Man, just this title gets me going! I have to say this book is probably more attractive to ladies, but hey it can apply to anyone with an inner critic. This book is also an easier read than Dale Carnegie's book I suggested above. If you are looking for a quick fix on confidence I would recommend this, Melissa gives you the tools you need to change your perspective and treat yourself right. Melissa’s story is inspiring, relatable, and pretty funny too.
3. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
Author: Amy Morin
First of all I loved this title; it is unexpected! This book is just as playful as the title. Here is a list of 13 lessons discussed in the book.
Mentally strong people...
1. Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
2. Don’t Give Away Their Power.
3. Don’t Shy Away from Change
4. Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
5. Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
6. Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
(I like most people like to stay in my comfort zone, but this book taught me the tools to calculate risks and let myself take them after researching the facts)
7. Don’t Dwell on the Past
8. Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
9. Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
10. Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
11. Don’t Fear Alone Time
12. Don’t Expect Immediate Results
13. Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything
This is one thing that I also learned from Dale Carnegie (Clearly his book rocks) is that no matter how much you give to others, it doesn’t guarantee it will be reciprocated. We all want recognition and gifts and love in return, but that isn’t how life goes. That can't stop us from giving to others and being kind.
4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Author: Jen Sincero
Keeping this one short and sweet, this is a great book! To be honest this definitely wasn’t one of my favorite books just because at times she uses negative phrases and it got a bit old. This book was one that inspired me to read more and a lot of people enjoyed this book as it’s a quick read. If you have already read a lot of personal development books this one might not be for you, I would say this book is for someone just getting into the self-help genre.
5. I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl
Author: Alexis Jones
The preface of this book is written by Sophia Bush (aka Brooke Davis from One Tree Hill) and she does a great job of introducing the author. This book is written by a woman who started her own business based on the idea of empowering women and making them the best version of themselves. This book is a call to action that women need to start supporting and encouraging other women!!! We are all in this together!
These five books are centered around purposeful living, transitions, and being our best selves. I hope you read these books, but most importantly hope you apply the tools these books give you and trust me when I tell you if you do you will become the best version of yourself!!! I also couldn’t help but include the books I am reading next...
Books on my list to read:
The Universe Has Your Back Gabrielle Berstein
Light is the New Black Rebecca Campbell
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman
Finding your Element by Ken Robinson
The Magnolia Story by Joanna and Chip Gaines (FUN READ!)
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup