The new year is almost here, and it’s time for new year resolutions. But it’s no secret – resolutions are insanely hard to keep. Unless you take real, practical steps to bettering yourself to achieve a goal, it’s always going to remain an unreachable dream. But it’s not so grim – here’s a list of books that will supplement your new year motivation with practical advice to achieve your goals. So let us look at 10 best books about self improvement.
10 Best Books About Self Improvement:
- The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra
- The Wisdom Pattern by Richard Rohr
- Feeling Good by David Burn
- Thrive by Arianna Huffington
- The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Little Book of Big Lies by Tina Lifford
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- Altruism by Matthieu Ricard
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra
The most common, most basic human wish is to be happy. If this year, what with the pandemic and all, was hard for you and you want to try to keep yourself happier next year, this is the book for you. With practical philosophy, exercises and tips to become happier and more fulfilled, Chopra does not disappoint.
The Wisdom Pattern by Richard Rohr
Humans thrive on patters. We constantly try to make patterns our of chaos and find design in places there is none. It gives us security and predictability – exactly what you will get from reading this book. Rohr connects all primitive civilizations, creation myths, cultures and religions to draw a common wisdom pattern that runs through them all.
Feeling Good by David Burn
This book is almost a classic self-help, and still stands relevant. It presents a subtler and more modern version of Stoicism, based on cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT is a way to rationally change your behaviour and the beliefs underlying it to create a more rational, optimistic perspective of life. This book will definitely make you ‘feel good’.
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
In this guide to success, the definition of success is slightly different. This is a book about personal, spiritual as well as professional success in the face of adversity.
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
We fall prey to the traps of our mind so often that we don’t even realize how clouded our thinking is. This is the perfect antidote to that – a compilation of the simplest to most complex biases and fallacies human minds are prone to. With crisp scientific explanations, and solutions to deal with them, this book will go a long way in self-improvement.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
In this meditative deep dive into her generativity and creativity, renowned author Elizabeth Gilbert traverses soulful philosophy and pungent pragmatism. A true self-help book about ideas, their creation, suffering, empathy and joy, this book will leave you with a smile, hope and an idea.
The Little Book of Big Lies by Tina Lifford
One of the ultimate goals for the new year for most people is fitness. In this extremely motivational yet realistic guide to fitness, these dreams will not seem so far fetched. Equal parts motivating and informative, this one’s a must read self-improvement book.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
No year can begin without self promises of budgeting. And this classic book of financial advice cannot be recommended enough. In this book, Kiyosaki gives sound financial tips on budgeting, taxation, investments and more. Plus, he is super practical and realistic about his advice – and his advice applies to all socioeconomic classes as well.
Altruism by Matthieu Ricard
Altruism refers to acts of kindness that stem from a place of selflessness – which benefit the person towards whom they are directed without any obvious benefits to the actor. But recent studies show that altruism makes people who practice it. This book will motivate you to practice altruism, helping build a society full of goodness – the ultimate self-help.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Aurelius was a Stoic Roman philosopher and emperor, and his priceless learnings are enshrined in this book of wisdom. From anxiety and suffering to joy and hope, this book provides a guide to extracting the best out of life. And isn’t that what self improvement is all about?