Thursday, March 10, 2022

Books I Cannot Recommend Enough

On this journey I've checked out most of the well known 'Self-help' books from The Secret to The Bible in an attempt to fix myself. can almost come across intimidating and overwhelming at times, so I thought I would recommend some books that are somewhat easy to read and digest yet have a (IMO) significant impact and helped me heal.

Atomic Habits 

This book goes into great detail about the way in which habits are formed and how humans behave in relation to their daily habits. The book breaks down theory and provides techniques to build more positive habits and let go of unhelpful/ negative ones. Truthfully, life changing 12/10.



The Power of Now

In my opinion, Eckart Tolle is an absolute master. 

The book is broken down into questions and answers which makes it extremely easy to read and digest. you can pick it up and read only a page or two and put it back down feeling thoughtful and enlightened. The book goes into depth about the importance of the present moment and guides the reader  on how to practice this within daily life.

Good Vibes Good Life 

Good vibes good life provides an easy to read and digestable explanation of vibrations, energy and how to maintain a positive mindset. I’d say the book is a perfect starter for those beginning their self-development journey.

The Four Agreements 

This book is short, simple and incredibly moving, in my opinion. It speaks in depth about about 4 main topics;

1. Be impeccable with your word- The first agreement (acknowledged as the most difficult) speaks about taking accountability for oneself through our language and remaining non-judgemental of ourself and of others. This includes no gossiping (very difficult).

2. Don't take anything personally - This agreement helps the reader reframe their responses to how others treat them - goes into detail about the uniqueness of everyones experiences and how this plays out in our daily interact. After reading this, I was much better able to stop taking things personally. 

3. Stop making assumptions - this assumption speaks in depth about the danger of making assumptions. As humans, we often fill in the blanks on missing information with an assumption we make however, this is not based on fact and is also tainted by our self-beliefs. This may lead to interpersonal conflict and distress. In order this the writer promotes asking questions and open communication. 

4. Always do your best - Incorporates the first 3 agreements and speaks on integrating them into daily life. The agreement highlights how a lack of self judgement and consistently doing your best is a recipe for success. 

The Midnight Library 

This novel is written by a great writer - therefore when reading it, you're almost not aware of the significant messages behind it as you're engrossed in the journey of the main character. I don't want to ruin the story but the book basically explores how unpredictable life can be; it helps the reader experience the present moment more by appreciating how every choice can change the direction of your life.

The Mountain is You 

Discusses various barriers to self development i.e. self-sabotage. The book explores a wide range ofcontextual examples and is relatable to the reader, no matter what your form of self-sabotage may be. The book explores the underlying drives to engaging in the behaviours we'd like to change about ourselves. 

12 Rules for Life 

Jordan Peterson speak about 12 rules he believes contribute towards an ordered and positive life. Examples include:

- 'Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping'

- 'Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today'

- 'Make friends with people that want the best for you.' 

He describes the world as a consistent and unavoidable interaction between chaos and order whilst using evolutionary and psychological theory to relate to mental health/ wellbeing today. He also uses these theories to teach one how to improve their circumstances and ultimately, mental health. 

The book is a little wordy and speaks in depth about theoretical constructs and so may not be for everyone.

If you have or do read any of these, let me know your feedback :) 


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