So I have certain go-to books to help me when I’m in a funk. And, granted, I’ve read a lot of self help stuff, but these ones I come back to on a somewhat regular basis.
- The Happiness Project and Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin — Gretchen left her job in law to become a full-time writer, so that immediately got my attention. But the amount of work and study she has put into what happiness is (and isn’t) has really opened my eyes to figuring out what that means for me, too. Her book on habits has also been very, very helpful for me in figuring out how to set new desires in motion.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert — The Eat, Pray, Love author brought out this fantastic book last year that focuses on the creative spirit and combined both memoir and advice, making it both an entertaining read and also very enlightening.
- Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work by Austin Kleon — More books on creativity and how to be true to yourself. I also follow him on Tumblr. Very smart and interesting guy with, hands down, the least offensive weekly newsletter.
- How to Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy — a fun read for the Venn diagram lover in everyone that somehow manages to also remind me that I’m not as boring as I think I am.
What are your favorite self help books that have got you through difficult times? Tell me about it on the Facebook page or in the comments!