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Best Self-Improvement Books To Read Before the New Year

As we settle into the holiday season and the last month of the year, many of us tend to reflect on the past twelve months. We analyze what we’ve done, what we’ve achieved, and what we hope next year to bring.

As such, I find myself reading more self-improvement books and learning about how I can better myself for the year ahead.

Self-help books are quite popular now, and some people seem to be divided over them. Are these books worth the money? Do they actually help? Or, is it all just b.s.?

Personally, I enjoy self-improvement books and have found them to be quite helpful. If you enjoy them as well, I’ve created a list of my personal top five favorite self-help books. Let’s go!

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Top Five of The Best Self-Improvement Books

#5 – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben

The Happiness Project follows Gretchen through a year of trying to better her life. Each month she focuses on a new area (family, career, spiritual, etc.) and sets new goals. She documents the ups and downs, the struggles, the challenges, and the successes of trying to improve her life.

It’s a happy, lighter read that makes you reflect on your life and what is important to you.

This was the first self-help book I read. And now, even years (probably almost a decade later) it still has stayed with me. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in self-development, but also to those who just enjoy a book that makes you think and reflect on yourself.

#4 – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

This book is one I’ve only sampled, and the only one on this list I haven’t personally read. However, I’ve read wonderful reviews about this book and from the sample I read, it’s one that I plan to purchase.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck explains why we do what we do and the habits that can make our lives better. It also dives into our meaning and purpose/purposelessness.

As I’ve not read this one yet, I’ll leave it at that.

#3 – Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

A calming, grounding read that is all about mindfulness, meditation, and being present.

If you find yourself always thinking about what’s next, with your mind constantly in the future or the past, this book is a must read.

Wherever You Go, There You Are helps you to recognize how your thoughts affect you and gives you tips and techniques to ground yourself.

This book is centered around meditation, but it also has tons of exercises and reflective questions in each chapter.

I’ve been reading this for quite a while and am still not done. I enjoy moving through it slowly and absorbing the information and working through the exercises.

#2 – You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If you lack self-confidence like me, You Are a Badass is a must-read. This book teaches you how to find your strengths and accept your weakness. You will learn how to appreciate your greatness and create a better self-image.

Sincero’s book is sort of like a pep-talk from a good friend. I’ve found a handful of helpful tips that I use to improve my confidence. Learning to love yourself is a long process for many of us, but this book helps you navigate the difficult journey.

This book also has a great meditation, which is a common theme in many of these self-help books. Meditating regularly has been super helpful in understanding myself and staying mindful.

#1 – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

This book is number one, not because I randomly put it here, but because I think it’s truly the best self-improvement book.

I discovered this book thanks to my mom, and I have been using the techniques and meditations discussed by Dr. Joe Dispenza for months (nearly a year) now.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself focuses on the mind—the way we think and how that thinking affects our lives. The book looks at how negative thinking leads to negative outcomes and how positive thoughts lead to positive ones.

You learn how to break apart your unhelpful habits, analyze them, and replace them with better ones. I’ve found great success with this book by reframing my mindset to be more positive and to dismantle my bad habits of worry, doubt, stress, and fear.

This book gives you instructions for a four-week meditation plan to lock into your subconscious and change your habits for good. You learn the meditation over four-weeks, furthering the session about fifteen minutes each week. The entire meditation lasts about 45 minutes to an hour, but it truly goes by fast. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve read this book and I still do the meditation daily. Normally, I do the first fifteen minutes every night and the whole hour when I feel like I need a deeper session. This guided meditation has helped me to better understand myself.

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