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In my opinion, self help books are some of the most underrated tools on the planet.

They give us an opportunity to learn valuable lessons from those who came before us and even avoid their mistakes.

And all we have to do is set aside some time to read or listen!

That said, today I figured I’d share some of the best self help books I’ve read to date. Ones that I think you’ll love, too!

Whether you want to learn how to be more productive, how to build daily habits, how to gain self confidence, how to find happiness, scroll down. I have a good self help book for you!

Some of the best self help books: Atomic Habigs, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Untamed, Girl Wash Your Face, The Joy in Missing Out, and More!

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson


I know it sounds harsh, but I promise it’s good.

Ironically, Mark Manson (the author), does want you to give a f*ck. He just wants you to “reserve” your f*cks for the things that truly matter to you. And that’s the premise of this hilarious, brutally honest book. Even if you hate the “F word” (hi, mom!), do yourself a favor and read it. I promise it’ll challenge your thoughts and inspire you to live life on your own terms.


“Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis

This New York Times Bestseller addresses 20 lies we often tell ourselves, and why we need to stop believing them. It’s as honest, relatable, and funny as Rachel is in real life (well, what you see on Instagram at least, lol). If you’ve ever questioned your parenting skills, personal abilities, or even your physical appearance, then this is a must-read for you! It’ll teach you how to create a happier life and truly love yourself, that’s for sure.


“Brave, Not Perfect” by Reshma Saujani

Also a New York Times Bestseller, this book points to the many ways society teaches girls to be perfect, while simultaneously encouraging boys to be brave. While unpacking just how damaging these unfair expectations can be, it also explains how we can rewire our brains for bravery. Because women can do hard things, too!

The author, Reshma Saujani, is a true inspiration and role model. Every woman can benefit from reading this!


You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

This is essentially a how-to guide for creating a life you genuinely love – from the inside out. It’s filled with impactful stories, tactical advice, and easy exercises. By the end of it, you’ll be convinced that the things you worry are actually ridiculous. So if you hold yourself back because you think you’re incapable, or worse, you fear what others might think – you can thank Jen Sincero for penning this book for you.


The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor

I think this might be one of the best books for personal development ever created. It explains, in short, that happiness is actually a ladder to success; It’s not a result of it. You can get a feel as to what it has to offer by watching this Ted Talk by the author, Shawn Achor. But the book expands further on this concept and is an absolute must-read.

PS: This book and the field of positive psychology are actually what inspired me to start The Joyful Co. in the first place!


“The Joy of Missing Out” by Tonya Dalton

Do you feel like you’re always busy? Like no matter how hard you work, it’s never enough? “The Joy of Missing Out” is for you.

This book is pretty much a PSA on the benefits of intentional living and general mindfulness. And, fun fact, it’s what inspired me to create my first daily planner notepad.

What I love most is that it’s not a pep talk to make you want to be more efficient – it actually teaches you how to be more efficient. You’ll learn how to identify your priorities and your purpose, and come out with a fully actionable plan on how to do more with less.


“Own Your Everyday” by Jordan Lee Dooley

Whether you’re struggling to figure out your purpose in life or just feel straight up alone, “Own Your Everyday” delivers with approachable and actionable (not at all cliché!) advice on how to make the most of who you are right now. It’ll make you feel like you’re enough as is, but still inspire you to evolve. My biggest takeaway was to just enjoy the journey!


“Untamed” by Glennon O’Doyle

If you feel stuck or held captive by your current life, there’s no better book for you than “Untamed”. Although it’s technically considered a memoir, Glennon will inspire you to trust yourself and live out your truth, no matter how wild it may seem now.


“atomic Habits” by James clear

This book is filled with so many incredible stories, statistics, and “ah-ha” moments! It’ll help you uncover and implement the habits that are right for you. And if you have a bad habit to kick, it’ll help you do that, too!


I truly enjoyed reading every single one of these self help books. Some I’ve even read twice!

I can honestly say that they’ve made me a better person, and I’d be willing to be they’dthey’ll do the same for you!

So which one are you going to pick up first? And what are the best personal development books you’ve read? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading. Do your best today!


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