25 Great Books About Finding Yourself And Happiness

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Finding Yourself And Happiness. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

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The brain is a silly thing. You like to think of it as a supercomputer that runs your life, but it is far from that. The brain does not store memories like a hard drive. Its recall process seems completely ineffective. Compared to other animals, our brains are huge and they take up an unfathomable amount of energy. Yet our brains are more effective that any computer on earth. Stumbling on Happiness is a fun stroll through brain studies throughout history. Over and over again, Gilbert introduces another study that shows you the silliness of your brain. By the end of the book, you will wonder how we have accomplished so much as humans.

Happiness Workbook by Anna Napawan PhD

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CBT methods can help you reframe your thoughts about stress and bring joy into your life. You’ll learn to define what happiness means to you, how to think positively, and how to apply what you’ve learned to achieve long-term success. You can be happier, and this workbook will provide you with the tools to do so.

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Whether or not “flow,” the state of mind where a person is completely absorbed in an activity and loses track of time, is the optimal experience is debatable; however, its connection to the creative process is solid. Learning about how to identify and seek out flow will help you to identify what creative activities move you most and will spur you on to cultivate them.

Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

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Celebrated artist, choreographer, and creator Twyla Tharp provides wisdom, examples, and exercises in balanced proportion as she leads you through the creative process. Read this if you have a general idea of what creative activities you like, but need help to integrate them into your daily life and identity

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

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This is a book that almost anyone can read – and its simplicity is what makes it so beautiful. It will help you overcome toxicity and become a much more positive person by changing how you see things. This book discusses many mindful and serene habits that are very easy to pick up which will transform your life for the better. Vex King lets you know that life is not easy, and we will face every negative emotion there is, like anger, sadness, anxiety, and pain. But you will learn how to react to those emotions and not let them control you. And best of all? This book will help you find peace. And in finding peace, will you learn how to discover yourself and your purpose so that you can be truly happy.

Richer, Wiser, Happier by William Green

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A remarkable book about some of the most remarkable investors of our time. Don’t read this book expecting specific financial advice or investment methods, but rather life advice to be richer, wiser, and, most importantly, happier.

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

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A great book providing life advice on how to find purpose and goals to reach real happiness, instead of wasting life going after what people think to be their goals.

Rise & Thrive by Lisa Blackshaw

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If you want to learn to live in the moment and greet each day with positivity, this is the ideal guide for you! Wake up to Rise & Thrive with this simple yet successful morning routine! Rise & Thrive is an ethos to live by – an ideology built around reflecting on motivational thoughts and channelling the significance of the carefully selected quotes. Rise & Thrive was written to help optimise your morning routine. By focusing on the uplifting words of wisdom, it encourages you to set your intentions, create good habits whilst eradicating bad habits and make beneficial lifestyle choices. Find motivation and become more present by reading Rise & Thrive daily, to manifest a positive mindset which will lead you to flourish and prosper.

You Are the Artist of Your Life by Adria Firestone

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This Book Can Change the Way You Look at Yourself You’re about to discover a simple, but profound, way to happier, healthier, more authentic you! Do you say yes when you mean, no? Do you work hard and long and feel unappreciated? Are your relationships going nowhere? Are you depressed and feeling hopeless? Do you feel like you’re living someone else’s life? You created your life with the brushes of your experience. This book gives you the keys to unlock what is keeping you stuck and new colors to design a life you love. In You Are the Artist of Your Life, you’ll find immediately usable tools for your personal transformation. This book is also a journal and a visible record of your personal transformation. You can begin with baby steps, or leap into change – it’s your choice.

A Few Wise Words by Peter Mukherjee

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It’s simply a guide to finding yourself from some of the biggest achievers in the world. Contributors to the book include the likes of Sir Ben Ainsle (greatest olympic sailor of all time), Zac Brown (CEO of McLaren Racing) and Joanna Lumley (multi BAFTA award winning actor) – who cover both finding purpose and finding happiness through their respective fields. Having over 22 leaders give their advice on finding happiness is what makes this book so applicable to a huge range of people.

Find Your Flow by Sarah Gregg

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This book is my recommendation because it is a how-to guide that explains what you need to do to be happy. Through strategies, Find your flow describes how to gain control over your life, focus on important issues, develop a personal mantra and motivate action toward your goals and dreams. Discover the science that will help you wake up happy, lay the foundations for flow, and create a lasting positive mood. This book will also guide you in creating a life you love through multiple acts of self-discovery and reinvention

Master Your Emotions by Thibaut Meurisse

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Understanding how negative feelings and emotions work is the first step towards finding happiness. This book will teach you to reprogram emotions and turn them around through simple steps. Thibaut shares his personal story in his book and how he found joy. He was an introvert whose shyness kept him from getting the desired results; therefore, this book was his transformation experience. This book will also help you reason what’s going on and give you that push to realize it can get easier if you think differently.

Inexplicably Me by Chelsea Austin Montgomery

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Inexplicably Me is the hilariously moving and inspirational memoir of a girl with two gay dads, navigating her way through life with joy, love, gratitude, and an excellent sense of humor. Living “two doors down from normal,” Chelsea quickly learned that society loves to put people in boxes, but these boxes do not always reflect how we feel about ourselves. Through Inexplicably Me, Chelsea works to bring people together in love and acceptance and to illustrate that, while her story may seem worlds away from others, we all strive for happiness and love.

Hear Yourself by Prem Rawat

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The author helps the reader to find themselves and listen to the inner voice to enjoy peace. He asks everyone to be grateful to the environment and take some time to hear the sounds of nature by going for a walk and admiring them. This book is packed with powerful insights and heals the struggles by enlightening the wisdom of every individual. This content connects the human with nature and helps him to discover beyond limitations with gratitude.

Stop Fixing Yourself by Anthony De Mello

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Can you imagine how liberating it would be to never be disillusioned again, never be disappointed again, never feel let down again? Want to wake up, come alive, and be free? Anthony De Mello’s Stop Fixing Yourself is the answer you have been looking for.

Single on Purpose by John Kim

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Single On Purpose is a self-help book that explores John Kim’s story of discovery. It teaches readers how to take ownership of themselves, break free from their normal habits, and to fit a grounded sense of self. Ultimately, this book will show you how to find yourself.

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama

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This book is the winner of the 2016 books for Better Life Award. It is written by two of the most admirable people in the world His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Unfortunately, Desmond Tutu is no longer with us but his wisdom still lives on in this book. I suggest you read this book with an open heart, it will challenge ones thinking and way of life. This book is a series of discussions between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. In the back of the book you will find meditation and prayers.

The Meaning of Life Coffee Shop by Matt Tracy

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A book that will make you think about where your life is going and whether you want it to go in that route or if you should change it. Inside a short story is a self-help journal. Three questions that will cause you to reflect on your own life. It’s a fast read, but it’ll stay with you for a long time. It is a book that is strongly suggested.

The Perfect You by Dr. Caroline Leaf

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Self awareness is one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself. Understanding who you are, how you function and why you function that way, is the foundation to a purposeful and fulfilling life. Dr Caroline Leaf does a fantastic job at intersecting Neuroscience with biblical text to equip your self discovery journey. I am only half-way through this book, and I have been awe-struck by my discoveries.I value myself even more now! I’ve also been empowered to make changes that further my personal development as suggested by Dr Caroline Leaf. And I know as a coach who helps women in the areas of self discovery, building confidence & healthy relationships, what I am learning will be a game-changer for my clients.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

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Habits can be powerful and life changing. They can also lead to extraordinary downfalls. When you are truly ready to create a better version of yourself by using habits and just need some specific direction on how to implement the incremental changes, this book provides the perfect detailed formula.

Nice Girls Still Don’t Get thee Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

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Many women constantly complain about the unfair game we play in the corporate world. It’s time to stop hoping and waiting for the game to change. It’s time to play the game differently in ways that work for women. This book provides objective insight on how women need to get out of their own way to move forward and be happy in the workplace.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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Some of the laws of power stated in this book feel cold and calculated, but it’s easy to see how this contributes to women not being able to move beyond their male counterparts or even toxic coworkers. To find true work-life balance as working women or working mothers, I found the excerpts in this book very insightful and have implemented some changes in the way I manage up and down. We can’t always realistically stop working to find ourselves and happiness. Sometimes it’s more about managing our realities to make room to breathe and find balance.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin melds academic research with real-life application in a year-long science experiment designed to understand the root of fulfillment. The Happiness Project is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author’s twelve-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love, is no longer just a book. Yes, it’s also a hugely popular movie with Julia Roberts, but besides just a blockbuster hit (as if that’s not enough to convince you), the book has inspired women to go on their own Eat, Pray, Love-esque journeys to find themselves, and maybe even find happiness along the way. The extremely talented and entertaining Elizabeth Gilbert details her trip through Italy, India, and Bali on a quest to find what would truly fulfill her, eating, praying, and — you guessed it — loving.

DIY Conflict Resolution by Nance L. Schick

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DIY Conflict Resolution is a step-by-step guide for approaching conflict with compassion, humility, and introspection. It guides readers through seven choices that will help them explore their emotional responses to conflict and provides tools to engage with others in a context of courage and empathy. I have used the process to become a more compassionate listener and resolve conflicts—including with myself–while they are still manageable. This is especially important because behavioral scientists continue to find that if we let conflicts get too big (including too big in our minds), we tend to take no action, which means we will not resolve the conflicts or change our situations. Approximately one half of the book is a workbook to help readers practice the process and create new habits when facing less-than-ideal circumstances. Rather than pretending you can ever get to a point of avoiding all conflict, DIY Conflict Resolution builds your skills in resolving it so you become unstoppable in pursuing what matters most to you.

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