Top 27 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.

Ikigai by Hector Garcia

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This book will help you find your reason for living, and in the process, your happiness. It is a known fact that Japanese people live a long and happy life. This book studied the lives of people in a town where there are a lot of 100-year olds. They studied what makes them happy, calm, serene, and how they identified and knew their purpose in life. Hence, this book will teach you on how to have a strong sense of Ikigai, where your passion, vocation, mission, and profession meet. And when you achieve this, you will definitely find happiness and get to know yourself more.

Chasing Chickens by Rachel Neff

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In Chasing Chickens, Rachel Neff retraces the steps that took her from her moment of reckoning (aka “failure”) to a new way of seeing and grasping success. Each chapter in her pilgrim’s progress along an unlikely career path—whether revealing how she ended up chasing chickens on New Year’s Eve or explaining what happens when a PhD becomes an executive assistant (The Devil Wears Prada with a dash of Portland plaid? Yes, please!)—comes with the benefit of hindsight, lessons as practical as they are entertaining. How to face a fear of “No”; how to see the bigger picture; how to find your next career, ace an interview, and stick the landing: with every step, Neff takes the uncertainty and stress out of reinventing yourself, suggests fresh approaches along new directions, and provides the tools for finding, and making, your own way. Finally, as if enlightenment, guidance, and the occasional moment of hilarity weren’t enough, her book offers every academic itinerant the chance to one day look back and say: “At least I didn’t have to chase chickens.”

My F.U.P.A. & Me by Lane Rogers

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Whether you are a mom, a nurse, a social worker, a counselor, a teacher, a leader, whoever you are, you are in need of self care and reflection. Per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMN), [S]elf care helps you manage stress, lower risk of illness and increase your energy. Any small acts of self care in daily life goes a long way. This journal is a small act! This self love journal will help you prioritize yourself so you can be happier and healthier. With 44 reflection prompts, 40 self care ideas/activities and 40 quotes about self love and acceptance, this journal is ideal for first timers and newcomers to ease into journaling. Reflection prompts include notes to your younger self and letters to your tomorrow self. Your tomorrow self can literally be yourself in 24 hours or yourself in 24 years. You decide!

F*ck Fearless by Heather Vickery

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We all live with fear. It’s a natural human emotion. The truth is, fear gives you the opportunity to be brave. If you’ve ever stopped short of a dream out of fear, F*CK FEARLESS: Making The Brave Leap is for you. This book shares The BRAVE Method – A 360° approach to thinking creatively and strategically about what you want to change and create in your life. But this book is way more than theory! You’ll see The BRAVE Method in action through Heather Vickery’s personal experiences, inspiring stories from real people she’s worked with and interviewed, and brave actionable tips you can implement for yourself. Just like all of the brave dreamers and thought leaders you’ll meet in this book, you can use The BRAVE Method over and over again to solve any problem and plan any element of the beautiful life you deserve. Whether dreaming big is new for you, fear has prevented you from taking brave action, or you’re simply sick and tired of feeling stuck, this book is for you!

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

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I think most people genuinely forget how to enjoy the simple things in life. Most of us are on a hamster wheel and forget to sit back and appreciate the beauty that constantly surrounds us. The Book of Delights is a New York Times bestselling book celebrating ordinary delights in the world that we often overlook. From the sultry hypnotic movement of a praying mantis to the flowers peeking out on the sidewalk. The authors ability to enjoy the small things in life caused me to find correlations in my own life that I could enjoy.

Think like a monk, by Jay Shetty

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This books enhances mindfulness and wellbeing, by training you on how to cope up with obstacles, and influence from people that may hinder your ambitions in life based on your personal desires. The book may make your dream come true, by helping you overcome criticism, think properly, relate well, and the skills needed to make your dream a reality.

Falling to Grace by Howard Rankin

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This book tells my story of shame, humiliation and disgrace and what I learned that can help others find their true purpose and happiness.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an exciting tale of a top lawyer who quit his multi-million law firm to be a monk in the Himalayas. The series is an intriguing and mind-shifting one that helps you introspect and know what matters most. It is an awakening call for anyone who feels they are walking through life without a purpose or who would love to live for higher ideals.

Not Nice by Dr Aziz Gazipura

This product was recommended by Mitch Torres from Knee Force

From all the books I’ve read about personal growth, this is the one that’s actually made a tangible difference. As a chronic people-pleaser, it helped me pinpoint the conditioning that made me subconsciously behave the way I did. I’ve never felt so free, confident, and at peace as I did after reading this book and putting it into practice.

The Wisdom of Anxiety by Sheryl Paul

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This one changed my whole perspective on anxiety. It’s a whole new take on the subject – anxiety as a tool to survive and grow instead of a crippling error of nature. Now, every time I get anxious I put this advice into practice. I’m able to get the information anxiety is giving me and move on.

Finding a balanced connection by John-Paul Davies

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I recommend this book because, in his work, Davies explains the essence of happiness, confidence, and self-worth. This practical and accessible book then introduces key principles to cultivate sustainability, contentment, purpose, and even joy, in your life. This book will also guide you through your thoughts, feelings, body, and behavior, helping you explore ways to harness your creativity and enjoy yourself in ways that benefit your wellbeing. Through this book, you will also discover how to increase connection with yourself, communicate more helpfully, connect more often with others, choose helpful boundaries, and much more.

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

When finding joy by facing diversities, this book is an excellent choice for you. Illuminating, original, and deeply inspiring, Option B uses captivating insights for dealing with hardships and helping others in crisis. The book helps you not feel alone by featuring stories of people who recovered from personal and professional hardship, including illness, injury, divorce, job loss, sexual assault, and imprisonment. This book also probes pre-traumatic growth through resilience even if you have not experienced tragedy.

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

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Twyla Tharp’s book is a great resource for the left brained creative. Although written by a choreographer, Tharp uses her experience as a backdrop to paint solid mental models, and does not beat the reader over the head with her trade. Interspersed with useful exercises and insightful anecdotes, this is the book I recommend first and foremost to those who ask me for resources on creativity.

Empathy by Judy Dyer

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In the book, Empathy by Judy Dyer, readers will get a chance to learn the loving and gentle methods the author offers. She incorporates simplicity in her writing style to make her audience grasp strategies such as embracing one’s gift and fully understanding a reader’s potential abilities and energy. In addition, the author emphasizes that readers should take advantage of spiritual healing tools to help them deal with the opposing forces that leave people exhausted, with adrenal fatigue and the never-ending timeless loop of insomnia that affects many.

The Self-Love Workbook by Shainna Ali

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The Self-Love Workbook is a masterpiece written by Ph.D. holder in mental health, Dr. Shainna Ali. In this beautiful book, the author helps readers find self-love and happiness by emphasizing how loving oneself is vital as much as getting love from others. According to the book, self-hatred, low self-esteem, and confidence are the biggest hurdles one can face that hinder living life to the fullest. This book explores the benefits of participating in interactive activities, meaning advice, and practicing self-reflection prompt that unpacks new experiences that a reader can connect with.

Switch On Your Brain by Dr Caroline Leaf

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The book highlights how the majority of illnesses in existence today are a result of bad thought patterns. in addition to the Covid pandemic we are currently experiencing a pandemic of toxic thoughts in this epoch. Dr Caroline very eloquently outlines how we can change our thinking patterns to create more positive outcomes and overall wellness in ourselves.

The Art of Happiness by Howard C. Cutler

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The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.

What Makes the Great Great by Dennis Kimbro

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In this book, Kimbro emphasized how being committed to a goal can be a key ingredient in finding success or archiving greatness in life. Leaving the life of mediocrity behind and committing to doing something great for one’s self.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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About chasing your dreams and destiny, how the journey is as important as the destinations. This masterpiece will guide you in your journey as you search for your destiny and follow your dreams.

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

This product was recommended by David Scott from Top Reviews

This is a very honest book that will hit you hard. It’s like your best friend telling you how bad you sing and just to live with it because there are many things in life that we don’t need to give a F*ck about.

The Moth Presents All These Wonders by Catherine Burns

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A collection of very different yet equally compelling stories about people, their lives, and what they overcame. The way that it connects with all those aspects of human experience is powerful and binds you to its characters in an intense way. I have never read anything so diverse and yet so engaging.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This product was recommended by Erica Tan from Best in Singapore

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to live a more fulfilling and happy life. It will teach you the Danish term hygge, which is a feeling of coziness, comfort, and contentment. This book will be perfect for anyone who loves spending time with others in their home, but also for anyone who wants to create a more welcoming atmosphere

14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer

This product was recommended by Erica Tan from Best in Singapore

I was lucky enough to receive this book when it first came out. I read it in one sitting, and when I got to the end, I wanted to read it all over again! The book inspires you with its relatable anecdotes and the knowledge that happiness really is possible for everyone.

Hear Yourself by Prem Rawat

This product was recommended by Michelle Devani from lovedevani

This book written by Prem Rawat will be a manual to help us find peace and happiness amidst this disturbing and noisy society. Reading this can help in literally hearing the voice within us to understand ourselves and give priority to our feelings and perspective. This book aims to give us a brighter perspective towards our lives and our environment including other people.

Flow By Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

No one knows if flow, or being completely immersed in an activity and losing track of time, is the best state to be in; but its link to creativity is undeniable. Discovering and cultivating your creative passions will help you identify and seek out your flow.

Your Fully Charged Life by Meaghan B. Murphy

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Meaghan Murphy, a longtime magazine editor, is used to being asked how she stays so positive. You choose to act positively or to look for the positive in situations every day, every hour, and sometimes even every second, she says in her book. Thanks to Murphy’s signature positivity, you’ll be smiling on your way to self-help. Her practical advice on living a fully charged life is a literal road map to happiness.

The Gift of Presence by Caroline Welch

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Do you feel overwhelmed? We understand. The Gift of Presence teaches readers to establish an unshakeable inner calm, even as the world sways around them. Caroline Welch, CEO of the Mindsight Institute, combines her mindfulness teachings with real-life wisdom to create a compelling read.

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