Some books just change your life. Over the years, these have been recommended over and over and for good reason. I personally own and re-read these books whenever I'm feeling the need for self care. Buy, read, re-read. You'll be glad you did. Here is the list, in no particular order...
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
It's a classic that's sold over sixty-five million copies (and counting) worldwide. It’s fictional, but it doesn't matter. If you want general guidance or wisdom on how to discover your "purpose" - this one is a game changer.
2. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
Don't skip this one because of the title! I don't want to be the greatest salesman in the world either - that's not what the book is about. If you can get past the weird first part (skip it if you want - you should read what you want without guilt) and make it to the scrolls, they are amazing. Little life lessons to live by like "I am nature's greatest miracle" and "Today I will be master of my emotions". Short and easy to read, this one will fix you up, make you feel good and have you reading it more than once.
3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
If you can read and apply this book (easier said than done) you'll be golden. Ruiz keeps the idea simple - follow these four agreements and your life will transform:
- Be impeccable with your word (AKA have integrity)
- Don't take anything personally (it's not about you)
- Don't make assumptions (you know what that makes out of you and me)
- Always do your best (don't half ass anything)
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
I mean, you can't do a self-improvement book list without including this one. Yeah there may be some "older" language in there but you can get over it. Basically, if you want to improve your relationships, make more friends, boost sales, change your mindset...you name it, this book will do it. Focus on helping others and get everything you've ever wanted. Really.
5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Again - hard to skip this one. I found this book "harder" to read but well worth it. The gist? If you can live in the present, you will almost ALWAYS feel good. Thinking about the past can cause feelings of depression, thinking about the future can cause feelings of anxiety. Get this book and learn to live in the present and as Oprah said: "The result? More joy, right now!".