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10 Inspiring Self-Help Books To Refresh Your Perspective

Whether you want to implement new habits for your daily routine, stop worrying, feel more courageous, or become more productive — self-help books have the ability to provide some insight, and refresh your perspective.  From memoirs to pep talks, here is your go-to list of self-care literature, to help your mind, body, and life.

The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt

The Gift of Forgiveness is a perfect blend of personal insights, powerful quotations, and hard-won wisdom for those seeking a way to live with greater acceptance, grace, and peace.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda

From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly by Arianna Davis

What Would Frida Do? explores the feminist icon’s signature style, outspoken politics, and boldness in love and art, even in the face of pain and heartbreak. The book celebrates her larger than life persona as a woman who loved passionately and lived ambitiously, refusing to remain in her husband’s shadow. Each chapter shares intimate stories from her life, revealing how she overcame obstacles by embracing her own ideals.

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There by Tara Schuster

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies is the story of Tara’s path to re-parenting herself and becoming a “ninja of self-love.” Through simple, daily rituals, Tara transformed her mind, body, and relationships.  A candid, hysterical, addictively readable, practical guide to growing up (no matter where you are in life) and learning to love yourself in a non-throw-up-in-your-mouth-it’s-so-cheesy way.

How To Get Over A Boy by Chidera Eggerue

In How to Get Over a Boy, bestselling author Chidera Eggerue will show you, once and for all, how to reframe the stale goal of finding a man. She will equip you with tangible and applicable solutions for every part of your dating life, helping you recognize that men hold as much power in our romantic lives as we grant them.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.   Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.

The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities Into Soulful Practices by Casper ter Kuile

Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices–yoga, reading, walking the dog–into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose–a message we need more than ever for our spiritual and emotional well-being in the age of COVID-19.

Happy Habits: 50 Science-Backed Rituals to Adopt (or Stop) to Boost Health and Happiness by Karen Salmansohn

Wellness expert Karen Salmansohn to the rescue Happy Habits presents fifty habits that span body, mind, relationships, work, home, and play. Karen shares the tools you need to master fundamental habits (daily meditation; practicing gratitude), surprising happiness-boosting techniques (crying regularly; strategic complaining), and tips for easily incorporating new habits into your daily life. Filled with fascinating studies and simple rituals, this illustrated guide offers fun, accessible ways to uplift your life.

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

I Used to Have a Plan: But Life Had Other Ideas by Alessandra Olanow

Balm for the soul–Alessandra Olanow offers advice, inspiration, and encouragement for anyone who needs a shoulder to lean on during a difficult time.

What do you think about the books on this list?

Have you read any books from this list?  What is your favorite self-help book?  What books would you add to the list?

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