10 Self-Help Books to Help with Your New Year’s Resolutions

The book market is inundated with so many self-help books these days that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth reading. In the spirit of all the New Year’s resolutions being made this week, here are ten of the best to help you make 2019 your best year yet!


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

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This was the first self-help book I read that really blew my mind. While I’ll admit that I am not a spiritual person and I initially scoffed at those sections of Sincero’s book, I started putting her advice into action and I started feeling more confident almost immediately. I’m probably going to be re-reading this book at least once a year.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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This is a classic for a reason. Originally published in 1936, people have been going back to this book over and over again. If you want to learn how to succeed in both your professional and personal lives, this might be a great option for you. From the synopsis: “Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.”

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The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV

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I’m a huge fan of the Dalai Lama’s books, and this is one of the most beloved. You don’t have to practice Buddhism in order to learn from him. In this book, you’ll learn how to deal with anxiety, anger, insecurity, and so much more. I mentioned in a previous post how another of the Dalai Lama’s books, How to Practice the Way to a Meaningful Life, literally changed my life, and this one is even better.

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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I’ll admit that many of the sports references in this book were lost on me, but the general information in this book is the kind that literally everybody can appreciate. So many of us have trouble sticking with habits and new routines, whether at work or in our personal lives, and Duhigg examines why some people are able to stick with a new habit and some aren’t. He also explains how we can cultivate our minds to embrace new, healthy habits.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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While not everybody is an introvert, those of us that are will take some pleasure in this book that takes a look at the cultural biases that have grown up embracing extroverts over introverts. Introverts might handle certain scenarios differently, but that doesn’t mean we’re in any way inferior. This book will help introverts appreciate themselves more.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

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Marie Kondo is a Japanese cleaning consultant, and in this much-loved book, she will help you to declutter your home. It’s hard to be happy when you feel like your house is messy and you’ll never have time to clean and organize everything, so spend some time practicing the advice in this book and you’ll notice how much your day-to-day life will improve.

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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

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This book is perfect for people who are technically adults but feel like you have absolutely no clue what you’re supposed to be doing. To tell you the truth, I was 100% one of those people in my early twenties. Brown’s instruction manual to adulting will help you get your life on track with everything from relationships to finances. She also manages to keep everything fun with her tongue-in-cheek writing style.

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 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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Mark Manson’s book has been widely acclaimed, and much of that has to do with his no-nonsense methods. While so many (or, practically all) self-help gurus instruct you to focus on positivity, Manson teaches you how to learn to deal with the negative things that happen in your day-to-day life. From the synopsis: “He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.”

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The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

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For many people, bullet journaling has changed their lives, giving order to their to-do lists, calendars, and thoughts. Ryder Carroll is the inventor of the Bullet Journal organizational system, so there’s no one better to get advice from on starting your own.

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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

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Rachel Hollis is the blogger behind TheChicSite.com and in that role has helped thousands of her followers live a better and more fearless life. In this memoir, she uses her own experiences along with a good dose of humor to share even more of her advice. “From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.”

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What is your favorite self-help book? Let me know in the comments!

Author: Penny Wright

Absolutely bookish.

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