There are no people in the world who would like to be positive at heart and live peacefully and content. But there are always adverse circumstances which everybody has to face. Some take out the negatives from experience and turn out to be depressed, whereas there are people who concentrate only on the positives in a situation and move forward, leading a happy life. This is something very easy to advise but extremely difficult to follow.
So, we have a variety of books that can support the purpose. Those books can be generalized as ‘SELF-HELP’ books. It is derived from ‘self-improvement,’ which narrowed down with time to self-help. The authors claim that the readers will be capable of problem-solving in their lives after reading them. The ideas provided in these books are tastefully the author’s mindset and their way of thinking. We should only go by the ideas which seem to be applicable to us. We shall, anyways, consider the motive to be completely positive and expect to make changes inside the suffering minds.
Various books of this genre are available in book stores around us and much more available online. One such online book provider is AMAZON. Even though it is a common portal for a number of things, some really good books are available too.
Certain books have even been recommended for treating certain psychological settings like hopelessness and utmost unease. Surveys show that around $563 million had been spent in the U.S. to buy self-help books in the year 2000. Books serve as a powerful agent in bringing about change in the minds of those who are reading them. They have been considered equivalent to psychotherapy. Even though there is negative feedback regarding some books being written by people who vaguely consider writing purely for monetary benefits, we can spot a few with credentials. Some writers take it seriously, as they come up with the writings after rigorous research so that such books can be surely looked upon.
These books are advertised so that it helps to improve self-awareness and self-righteousness with one’s life. This, in turn, promotes the books as such. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cher, and many more are on the list of those who have promoted self-help books. Some such self-help books and their details are cited below:
1. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
The book encourages its readers to relish the present and live it fully, thereby finding happiness, forgetting about other substantial belongings. The author, Tolle, wishes to change the human mind, their thinking ability, creating a group with humility, purity, and open-mindedness. Tolle is trying to bring about a change in perception. He tries to showcase how immature we humans are, as we are so much worried about wealth and moody relationships. The author assures that our mind can transform absolutely to peacefulness when we can control our undesirable thoughts.
The book is in simple language so that it becomes easier to grasp. Tolle also makes a substantial effort in distinguishing between several aspects like; knowing oneself and knowing about oneself.
2. Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by Barrie Davenport and S.J. Scott
The book takes into concern the common anxiety factors of people when they have to overcome pressure and struggle or general nervousness about life. The book is authored by Barrie Davenport, a proficient instructor and author of several books on similar subjects. It is co-authored by S.J. Scott, whose writings have had practical aspects, as they could be easily put to use in areas like interpersonal relationships, work, and fitness.
The book communicates about the various behaviors, actions, and mindsets that can be used to organize the mind; otherwise, it would be taking away the focus from our daily schedule. It also helps us realize how much energy and time are being wasted over unnecessary worries and mental botheration.
The significant take-outs are:
- Training the mind daily
- Importance of breathing and meditation in avoiding disturbing thoughts.
- Challenging our thoughts to stop them from overpowering you
- Need for keeping the mind energized
- Keep self-control over digital interferences so that it does not mislead us from our primary goals.
3. Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life by Gaur Gopal Das
Gaur Gopal Das, the author of the paperback, is a hugely popular coach for life and an ISKON monk; he expresses how to be ready and how to fight and win the daily combats of life. He takes us through a drive with his valuable perceptions through the very important zones of life, like; firming up the relations, learning the right potentials, and trying to understand how to perform successfully at the workplace.
The story revolves around the interaction between the author and Harry, a young millionaire who is one of his friends. The problems and the hurdles faced on a daily basis, and whether there could ever be a relief from all these, ever!!
4. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
The book is based on the ancient Toltec Wisdom, which supports attaining freedom from beliefs that self-limit a person causing suffering in life. The book is authored by Don Miguel Ruiz along with Janet Mills. The book has to offer a code of proper behavior. The author clearly states about various agreements a person signs into inside one’s self. It may be with the own self, with others, loved ones, and with God. These will create a sense of fear inside, resulting in the loss of self-worth of the person and ultimately leading to pointless sorrows.
The author comes up with 4 important agreements that a person can come up with in order to maintain a good state of being and to feel the ultimate happiness irrespective of the outside conditions.
5. As a Man Thinketh by James Allens
The book written by James Allens is considered a famous self-help book. The core point of the idea that he wishes to convey is that honorable thoughts make a decent person, and low thoughts make a person unhappy and dejected.
He believes that the thoughts make the situation come true. He showcases ways to master our thoughts, to lead a life that we dream of, otherwise drifting through letdowns and hindrances in life. He strongly wants the reader to believe in themselves and to take control over their thoughts in order to make the man the way he wants to be.
6. The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield
This book claims to be one in a lifetime, which will assuredly modify lives forever. The book follows a spiritual and realistic lead, which helps to raise the level of consciousness. It reminds us of the past and to emerge as a new person in the future through the experiences that have made us more enlightened. This helps to lead a rather motivated living. Try to practice the attained mental state to maintain a confusion-free state of mind.
7. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy
The most hopeful among the top self-help books, intended to aid improve relations, wellbeing, and an energy that gives a strong internal power that makes our hurdles seem smaller. It does not merely advise how to feel better, but it executes the scientific aspects about the power of our subconscious mind, which can do magic inside us. It helps to overcome our worst fears and find out real happiness.
The book comes under the best seller category, being sold millions of copies worldwide, is authored by Dr. Joseph Murphy (philosopher and motivator).
8. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hectar Garcia and Francesc Miralles
The book has been an international bestseller which shows the reader the importance of finding out this IKIGAI in everybody of us by ourselves.
The word IKIGAI in Japanese means ‘a reason to live’. This reason has to be the motto to start a day in everybody’s life. This reason imprinted inside us inspires automatically to try to think better and live calmly. Once you are successful in finding this, it leads to an increased level of longevity in life. Life turns out to be significant and blissful once after. The book tends to push us from within, intended to find out the real reason for us to live.
9. Atomic Habits by James Clear
The atomic habits of every person have been identified by James Clear, the author of this book. According to him, they are minute choices such as waking up earlier than usual, performing 3 or 4 push-ups daily, reducing the time over telephones, or any such thousands of activities in our daily lives. Small changes made to these choices daily can create a betterment of 1% on a daily basis. He has given several life examples from various people to motivate and understand its importance. He assures to make the lives that humans to be more fruitful and happier in a career as well as in personal relations after practicing the change.
10. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Penned by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter tells the story of a boy who grew up with two fathers, a real one and another who was his best friend’s father. The book tends to shape the thoughts of the boy about various things in life. It also tends to make the reader understand money and its value and how it changes a person in many different ways. Various ways of financial astuteness are projected out in helping a person to become independent and making a living through proper management of financial activities. Both the fathers teach finance and supporting lessons through their own experiences. The first one being more relevant, teaches how to use one’s mind and time to manage wealth and have a successful living, which indirectly makes the reader reach for occasions that can help in the future. But it is looked upon with such precision that the book doesn’t lead to evaluating someone based on wealth and assets.