“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers" ~Charles W. Eliot
Books have the power to transport us to new worlds and different times. They have been said to significantly impact the reader’s mind since they require concentration to understand and acquire knowledge. I think we’ve all, at least once in our lifetime, have been in a situation where life felt like it came to a standstill and everything seemed hopeless and out of our control. There have been various moments in my life, especially during the pandemic, when I felt pretty sad and drained but what I’ve found most helpful at that moment is giving myself the time I need to grow and pamper myself with a bunch of good reads. In my opinion, no one can help you boost your morale but you. Here's where self-help comes in cue.
So, let us address the first question that may come to our mind while reading this blog – What exactly are self-help books?
Well, to answer that question, let me give you a small example. Suppose you are stuck with a math problem and feel like there is no solution; you ask your friend to help you solve it. Your friend is helping you figure out the possible solutions to the given situation. Now think of self-help books as your friend who always has an answer, be it direct or indirect. To be more precise, a Self-help book is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems.
Now you may think that authors who write self-help books have got it all figured out in their lives. Well, maybe, maybe not. Because these books are primarily based on self-implication and introspection, this doesn’t come from one reading. It would help if you start practicing those things in your real life to see the changes.
The books that I’ll be highlighting in this blog are viral and easy reads. They have had thousands of readers across the globe since the initial release and are recommended by many. Here’s the list of books-
1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
I think we can all agree to have heard about this book at least once. The Secret, both book and movie, gained high popularity when first released in 2006. This book by Rhonda Byrne explains how the law of attraction, which states that positive energy attracts positive things into your life, governs your thinking and actions, and how you can use the power of positive thinking to achieve anything you can imagine.
“Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” – Rhonda Byrne
2. Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life
The book states that the people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning or a reason to live. According to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions.
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a book full of hope and positivity. This book has a sense of powerful simplicity that the readers can experience as the author takes you on a journey on the idea that each person has their ideal fate or destiny. They can choose whether or not to pursue it with the help of good and bad omens. The story is about a shepherd boy named Santiago, who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. The experience of reading this book is incomparably magical and profound, and I will always have a soft corner for it in my heart.
4. Think like a monk by Jay Shetty
In this book, the author Jay Shetty, drawing on ancient wisdom, reveals overcoming negativity and accessing calm and inner peace. Furthermore, he shares his experience living in an Ashram and living life like a monk. This book is both practical and powerfully meaningful. The author does a great job guiding his audience to lead a balanced and better life by providing teaching tools that can be practiced or learned according to the reader’s convenience.
“Society’s definition of a happy life is everybody’s and nobody’s. The only way to build a meaningful life is to filter out that noise and look within.” – Jay Shetty
5. Atomic habits by James Clear
The prominent theme of this book is focusing on the overall system rather than a single goal. An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is small and easy to do and is also the source of incredible power, a component of the system of compound growth. The book helps improve our everyday lives and draws attention to how you can change your habit towards getting a healthy lifestyle.
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.” – James clear
6. Good vibes, good life by Vex King
The author talks about some principal values like self-love, humility, self-care, and mindfulness in this book. Drawing from his personal experiences and intuitive wisdom, Vex King helps his readers cultivate positive lifestyle habits, manifest goals, invite better opportunities by adopting better beliefs, finding a higher purpose for yourself, and becoming a guiding light for others.
7. The power of your subconscious mind
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1963, selling many millions of copies since its original publication. It is one of the most brilliant and beloved spiritual self-help works of all time, which can help you heal yourself, banish your fears, sleep better, enjoy better relationships and feel happier.
Life can only be made better through our constant efforts and actions, and therefore, to make the most of our time here, try to indulge in some healthy practices to make it worthwhile.
Comment below and let us know which self-help books are part of your healthy living.