2016 was the “Year of Realising Stuff”, which was intellectually stated by Kylie Jenner. 2017, however, is all about taking things a step further, to motivate and learn how to improve yourself and your life. The “self-help” book sounds dooming, in that the name suggests that the reader inevitably needs to be helped in some way or another. That is not the case. Self-help books are essentially available for individuals who strive to improve their lives and have a more positive outlook on the world. These books can enable individuals to learn about their minds, bodies, and souls, and can be very beneficial. This article is going to tell you which books to start with on your self-help book journey.
Today, we at SANT magazine have five titles to share with you that will kick-start your journey with self-help books. Read one and the positive affirmations and knowledge available will get you hooked. Let’s start with the basics. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a must read for anyone wanting to be guided towards personal freedom. The book essentially goes into depth about the four most basic rules to remember in life to feel at peace with the world and yourself.
These agreements are:
Be Impeccable with Your Word
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best
We all have a slight mean girl inside of us, whether it be being our own biggest critique, or spending too much time thinking negative thoughts. Mastering Your Mean Girl aims to help the reader to deal with their own mental problems, through focussing on love-based decisions instead of fear-based ones. It further focuses on loving yourself, knowing how lethal it can be not to do so. It is a feel-good read that aims to improve your relationship with yourself and your thoughts. Pick it up at your local bookstore or order it online on Amazon.
You might have heard of You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. This book is all about how to create and live a life that you love. It includes hilarious tips, strategies, and quotations to make the process a bit more light-hearted. This book will give you guidance, providing you with inward-looking reflection prompts, where you can decide what it is you want to change in your life. It also guides you through how to make those changes effectively. It should also be easy to find in your local bookstore or on Amazon.
The Instant Happy Journal by Karen Salmansohn is less of a quick-read book and more of a daily reminder. It acts as a journal which is meant to boost your inspiration, joy, and gratitude daily. Instead of reading a consecutive stream of positive affirmations, this self-help book will create constant reminders on how to focus and better your life. Jot down notes, ideas, or general “to do” lists within as well. The perfect journal for someone looking to dissipate some negative energy in their lives.
Body, Mind, and Spirit. This book is the ultimate, easy-read, modern girls’ guide to everything from meditation to healing crystals. This self-help book is more of a spiritual read and lets the reader discover the world of crystals, dreamology, healing, astrology, aromatherapy, numerology, and meditation. The book dives into spirituality and covers a vast amount of topics in order to introduce ideas and spiritual concepts. After reading this guide, the reader would be able to choose exactly what they are interested in and investigate further into those topics. Perfect for spiritual beginners!
Words: Anna Syren
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