Self Help Books that Actually Help

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The holiday season and the days off from work it provides are often a good time to catch up on some reading. If you’re looking for some excellent self-improvement advice for you or someone you know, here are 6 excellent self-improvement books that should be on everyone’s reading list.

We’ve selected the 6 following categories based on what most of us can relate to: Health, better sleep, success, perseverance, positivity, acceptance and perception.

1. On health:

30 Ways to Reboot Your Body: A Complete User Manual for Getting the Most Out of the Human Body by Ben Greenfield

A broken gut. Brain fog. Mysterious aches and pains. Low motivation and low libido. Body fat that just won’t go away.

Being the best you can be is difficult when you’re held back by frustrating issues such as brain fog, body fat, an irritated gut or sore joints. As a result, most of us live our lives at just a fraction of our peak capacity, completely powerless to tap into our full potential or to our their goals as quickly as possible.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if you could squeeze every last drop of excitement and living out life, and also be healthy on the outside and healthy on the inside?

2. On sleep:

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time by Arianna Huffington

America, if not the world, is in the midst of sleep deprivation crisis.

In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream. She takes on the sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.

3. On success:

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra

Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition.

Instead, Chopra reveals a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: When we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, and material abundance spring forth easily and effortlessly.

This “One Hour of Wisdom” edition of Chopra’s classic bestselling book distills the essence of his teachings into seven simple steps for creating success in all areas of your life.

4. On perseverance:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:

*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal

*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances

*How lifelong interest is triggered

*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy

*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards

*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

5. On acceptance and perception:

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius wasn’t just one of the world’s greatest leaders, he was one of the greatest of its Stoic philosophers.

One of the world’s most famous and influential books, Meditations, by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121–180), incorporates the stoic precepts he used to cope with his life as a warrior and administrator of an empire.

Reflecting the emperor’s own noble and self-sacrificing code of conduct, this eloquent and moving work draws and enriches the tradition of Stoicism, which stressed the search for inner peace and ethical certainty in an apparently chaotic world.

Serenity was to be achieved by emulating in one’s personal conduct the underlying orderliness and lawfulness of nature. And in the face of inevitable pain, loss, and death — the suffering at the core of life — Aurelius counsels stoic detachment from the things that are beyond one’s control and a focus on one’s own will and perception.

6. On positivity:

Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude: Discover the Secret of Making Your Dreams Come True by Napoleon Hill

The bestselling self-help classic that has helped millions—promoting positive mental attitude as a key to personal success.

Here, you will discover an amazing plan based on the concept: “what the mind can conceive and believe – the mind can achieve.” It shows you how to rid your mind of cobwebs-think clearly and explore the subconscious for new ideas; how to set your sights on a goal and attain it, through persistent thinking and positive action. Here, too, is practical advice on how to find satisfaction in your job; how to raise your energy level and how to master the technique of “get-up-and-go,

Napoleon Hill is also the author of one of the most influential self-help and success books ever written, “Think and Grow Rich.”