Self-help books have become increasingly popular in recent years, perhaps due to the increased stress, anxiety, and other issues many of us now face in this fast-paced digital era.
Most of us would love to be healthier, more successful, or even more in love, just like our seemingly happy friends whose photos we envy on social media (hint: stop looking at social media).
But which books can actually help you to achieve your goals?
The Best Self-Help Books
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best self-help books for every life goal—living longer, better relationships, increased productivity, greater happiness, and beyond.
Discover how you can transform your own life with the help of these powerful and inspirational guides.
1. Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley
Most people only tap into 10% of their memory potential. In Unlimited Memory, Grandmaster of Memory Kevin Horsley teaches readers how to put aside their distractions and master their attention so they can unlock more of their memories and improve their productivity.
This book reviews the three bad habits that keep us from remembering important information, and teaches simple methods for comprehending complex concepts more quickly. With these strategies, readers will be able to boost their productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress, and errors.
2. The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins teaches the power of the “push moment” and shows readers how they can drastically change their lives in just five seconds. The idea is that when we procrastinate on certain tasks, we often talk ourselves out of important decisions—whether it’s applying for a job, asking someone out, or simply getting out of bed.
Robbins explains how her five-second rule can help you become more confident, erase your self-doubt, share your ideas with courage, stop worrying, and feel happier. The book is also filled with testimonials from dozens of individuals who have changed their lives using this simple rule.
3. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Japan’s expert de-clutterer is here to help readers tidy up their living spaces as well as their lives. By keeping only the things that bring you joy, Kondo promises that you’ll become more confident, successful, and motivated to create the life you want.
Not sure where to start? This book offers precise instructions for Kondo’s “once cleaned, never messy again” approach. Get your rooms and your life in order with this inspirational guide.
4. The Happy Mind by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie
What if happiness was a skill you could learn instead of a feeling to wish for? Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie are here to teach you the secrets to lasting happiness so your life can be filled with more peace, purpose, and passion.
The Happy Mind teaches insightful tips for avoiding happiness traps, the nine qualities that most “super happy” people share, and why most people mistake pleasure for happiness.
5. How Not to Die by Michael Greger
In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger examines the top fifteen natural causes of premature death and explains how simple diet and lifestyle changes can help you avoid them without prescriptions or surgeries.
In addition to listing the best foods we should consume in order to avoid the leading causes of death, How Not to Die also includes a checklist of the twelve foods that should be part of our daily diets. Backed by strong scientific evidence, Dr. Greger’s advice has the potential to save lives and improve the health of millions.
6. The Smart Couple Quote Book by Jayson Gaddis
Instead of teaching you how to avoid pain with your partner, Jayson Gaddis provides powerful strategies for better communication and challenges readers to think differently about how they deal with problems in life and relationships.
According to Gaddis, a solid relationship requires two people who are willing to grow, learn, and challenge each other. The Smart Couple Quote Book will show you how to do just that in order to form a lifelong unbreakable bond.
7. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven
“If you want to change your life, start by making your bed.”
That’s the advice that Admiral William H. McRaven offered to a graduating class in Texas back in 2014. His speech went viral and inspired him to create this powerful guide that reminds us how much the little things can really matter.
McRaven recalls events from his own life and of those he encountered during his military service to show how simple wisdom and practical action can help us achieve more, even as we face hardships and tough decisions.
8. The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey and Guests
The Wisdom of Sundays features selections of some of the most powerful conversations between Oprah and today’s most admired thought-leaders. Based on her television show Super Soul Sunday, this book features ten chapters, each representing a significant step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with a personal essay by the Queen of Daytime herself.
Inspirational figures including Wayne Dyer, Arianna Huffington, and Tony Robbins explore powerful topics like forgiveness, the healing powers of love and connection, and finding purpose through mindfulness.
9. Presence by Amy Cuddy
Harvard professor Amy Cuddy wants us to stop worrying about the impressions we make on others, and focus instead on the impressions we make on ourselves.
Cuddy explains how adopting behaviors that reflect power and strength, we can free ourselves from fear and doubt in order to become our best selves. Filled with real success stories, this book teaches readers how to handle stressful situations without fear and leave them without regret.
10. Deep Work by Cal Newport
Author and professor Cal Newport argues that one of today’s most valued job skills—the ability to focus deeply—is becoming increasingly rare, thanks to the blur of e-mails, social media, and other distractions that clog our minds.
Deep Work teaches readers how to better focus on cognitively demanding tasks in order to become better at your job, achieve more in less time, and experience a sense of true fulfillment.
Books That Change Lives
The right book can inspire you to change your life forever. For more wonderful inspiration, check out our list of self-help and advice books that can help you get started.
Is there a book that’s changed your life for the better? Tell us about it in the comments below!