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15 Of The Best Self Improvement Books

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Every month, I put together a list of the best self improvement books. These books always cover anything from general self improvement and personal development, to goal setting, personal growth, achieving success... and everything in between.

Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.

self help books personal development | life changing self improvement books | Every month, I put together a list of the best self improvement books.  These books always cover anything from general self improvement and personal development, to goal setting, personal growth, achieving success... and everything in between.

I've had tons of people telling me they love my recommendations from April and May. So, here we are again. Granted, we're a few days into June now (oops I'm always late). Luckily, personal improvement books are amazing at anytime, not just June, so we're all good!

Just to note: I hear a lot of people saying things like "these types of books don't work". Well, if you just read and don't take action, they won't "work". When it comes to self improvement books, action is the key! It is when you take action that the big magic starts. Highly effective successful people never just read and *hope* it all falls into place. No no no. The books on this list could be life changing if you take what you learn and make a plan to use it. 

Where have I got all these recommendations from? Well, in January, I made a list of 100 of the best self development books I wanted to read in the next year or so. When I did this, I figured that you might like to join me in this.

Now, I'm not saying the books below are best self help books of all time. But I'd say that the majority of them will rank somewhere on the list of top 100 personal development books.

As always, these are books I have either already read, listened to on Audio, have read quickly on Blinkist, or have on my bookcase (or Kindle) waiting to be read. I promise I am only recommending books I will be reading myself. Come back next month, too, for more book recommendations.

The book descriptions below are modified from Amazon, but I will try and do my own book reviews soon.

15 Of The Best Self Improvement Books

Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic world by Mark Williams & Dr Danny Penman

Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic world by Mark Williams & Dr Danny Penman

This is an introduction to Mindfulness, which reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is recommended by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who aren't depressed but are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

Positive Thinking by Gill Hasson

Positive Thinking by Gill Hasson  

 Gill's practical and reassuring approach to the benefits of positive thinking will have you applying it to your own life every day.

If you struggle to see past setbacks both at work and at home, it can be tricky not to let those negative emotions affect you in every area of your life. This book will give you the tools to view life with a positive outlook and charge ahead in achieving goals that once seemed out of reach.

The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson

The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson  

 No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed. By learning to stop bad habits at the source, you will take charge of your habits and addictions for good.

Find the Good by Heather Lende

Find the Good by Heather Lende  

Quirky and profound, individual and universal, Find the Good offers up short chapters that help us unlearn the habit--and it is a habit--of seeing only the negatives. Lende reminds us that we can choose to see any event--starting a new job or being laid off from an old one, getting married or getting divorced--as an opportunity to find the good. As she says, "We are all writing our own obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there's still time for additions and revisions before it goes to press."

Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser

Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser

Sometimes the one thing you need to make a change is to see things from a fresh perspective. Discover twenty-one innovative emotional explorations to boldly confront the habits that are holding you back in this breakthrough guide that provides the tools you need to fearlessly embrace your innermost desires. 
Drawing from her own transformational experiences, Shannon Kaiser s program utilizes an empowering process that encourages you to go on adventures for your soul

Learning to Love Yourself by Gay Hendricks PhD

Learning to Love Yourself by Gay Hendricks PhD  

For more than 30 years, Gay Hendricks has served as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. In his updated classic, Learning to Love Yourself, Dr. Hendricks provides a honest, fresh, yet timeless, approach to handling your feelings and developing a deeply positive sense of self-worth.

The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky   

Focusing on life's biggest, messiest moments, Sonja Lyubomirsky provides readers with the clear-eyed vision they need to build the healthiest, most satisfying life. Lyubomirsky argues that we have been given false promises--myths that assure us that lifelong happiness will be attained once we hit the culturally confirmed markers of adult success. This black-and-white vision of happiness works to discourage us from recognizing the upside of any negative and limits our potential for personal growth. A corrective course on happiness and a call to regard life's twists and turns with a more open mind.

Changeology by John C. Norcross

Changeology by John C. Norcross   

Change is hard. But not if you know the five-step formula that works whether you're trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr. John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives. Over the past thirty years, he and his research team have helped thousands of people overcome dozens of behavioural ailments, and now his revolutionary scientific approach to personal improvement is available in this indispensable guide. 

Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.

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