Self reflection comes in a shapes and sizes and it’s always an activity that should be commended. After all, doing the hard work of looking inward isn’t a task everyone takes on. Luckily for us, there are plenty of wise folks who have come before us on this quest and have given us sturdy ground to stand on through their experiences. No matter if your evaluating your thoughts, work, emotions or relationships a good self-help book is a great launching off point. I recommend cracking open one of these greats with a journal, a pen and an open mind. You’ll thank your past self one day for starting on the road to growth now.
We’re all about supporting our local book shops, so we recommend you pick-up one or all of these from bookshop.org, who supports independent bookshops with every purchase. We even have a handy list for you of some of our favs (including the ones below).
Now onto the books!
1. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
We love this book because it gives clear guidance and is easy to understand, but is relevant anywhere on your personal growth Journey. The Untethered Soul has been renowned by people from all walks of life as a resource for understanding how to untangle your thoughts and emotions to live more freely. If you are interested in learning about how the concepts of mindfulness can transform your life, this book is a must read! Get it here
2. Daring Greatly How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
It was hard to pick just one Brene Brown book for this list! Her insight into our relationships with ourselves and others is truly transformational. Daring Greatly makes a convincing plea for more vulnerability in our lives. Balancing personal experience and research, Brene Brown shows us that by risking more and showing up as our true selves we can live a life of greater personal abundance. If you desire deep relationships with the people around you, consider this a handbook on how to get there! Get it here
3. Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
We could all use a little more joy in our lives right? Joy might seem like an elusive thing, but Ingrid Fetell shows us how to find it. Using her our curiosity and research she outlines simple ways you can bring Joy to yourself and others. This book will make you think about the power you have to make life a little more fun no matter your circumstances. If you’re looking for a more joyful perspective, this book will show you how. Get it here
4. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Other people’s stories give us more insight into our own. Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking is considered a handbook for grief. While it’s based on her personal experience of losing her Husband, her story is universal. This book has a way of helping process loss of all kinds, through her powerful way with words. If you are dealing with grief of any kind, this book is a wonderful companion. Get it here
5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I believe we are all creative in our own right, but there is a little lie that creeps up on most of us that we aren’t. Big Magic shatters that belief if you let it. Elizabeth Gilbert shows us that if we can be curious, we can be creative. Giving insight into her own process and personal story, she shows us how to step out from beyond our own worries and into the joy of creativity. If you want to live a more creative life, this is a highly recommended read! Get it here
6. The Alchemist byPaulo Coelho
The only work of fiction on our list, The Alchemist is a story of adventure that will inspire your own life’s journey. No matter what your big dreams are, this book will reignite them. The themes of this tale are universally inspiring. If you feel like you’ve lost sight of the life you want to be living, this book is a must! Get it here