For the past few years, I’ve been really interested in so-called “self-help” books. Do I always follow the things I learn? No, but I find the information interesting and I love getting ideas of how to better my life now or in the future. Therefore, I thought I’d share some self-help books that I read in the last year that I personally loved and think more people should check out. Perhaps one of these titles will be your first 2017 read? Please do share in the comments with which self-help books you would personally recommend!
The Real Simple Guide to Real Life: Adulthood made easy by Noelle Howey: This is the perfect book for someone in their twenties. It has amazing tips on moving out, getting a job, what food you can microwave, and more! While I don’t currently need all of this advice, this was a library check out that I am seriously considering buying in the future!
The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey: This book is the reason I spent a lot of 2016 telling people that the more you work, the less good work you are actually doing. If you know someone (or are someone yourself) that multi-tasks too much or works too many hours, this is the perfect book! It gives you great tips on how to figure out when you should work the most – so you are working well and not just working.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes: The only show I’ve watched by Rhimes is Grey’s Anatomy, and that wasn’t even a regular occurrence. My point being? You don’t have to be a fan of Rhimes’ work, or even know who she is, to get something out of this book. She mentions her work, but she also talks about her family and friends. It’s all about saying “yes” to life and not being afraid to try new things. This is something I’m personally trying to do more. You know the saying: “You get one life, so live it.”
Well Played: Capturing the game-changing joy of goofing off by Meredith Sinclair: This was one of my favorite nonfiction/self-help books of 2016 because it follows my own personal idea that we should be more creative and play more. The book is set in sections, so there are ways to “play” with your partner, your kids, yourself, and your friends. I’m not married, nor do I have kids, but that didn’t matter! I found information in every section that I enjoyed and could apply to my own life. It’s important to get off the computer now and then and just enjoy the life around you!
Here’s to a great 2017!
By Lauren Becker
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