When someone says that they want to change their life, they are essentially giving themselves up to a higher power – their better selves. That “self” does not exist yet, which is why they are looking for a way to change in a positive way.
Some people prefer to change in different ways to better themselves; in terms of creativity, romance, organization, and so much more. And even though we have access to classes, videos, advice from friends and professionals, as well as lessons from real-life experiences, we are still hard-pressed to find a way to change ourselves for the better.
Luckily, there are a few extraordinary books that can help us along the way:
Top 10 Life-Changing Books
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is a classic that has spanned several generations, helping people change the way they interact with society. It is a great book for introverts since it can help them step out of their shells and engage others more. At the same time, it’s a great influence on extroverts, who are looking to focus their rambunctious energy into productive conversations and interactions.
All in all, this book will change your life by honing your networking skills, improving your personal relationships, and cultivating a better sense of self.
2. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
This book deals with shame, authenticity, and vulnerability – three traits that most people are reluctant to acknowledge. Brown discusses how shame exists in everybody – it’s how they deal with it that lets them improve their sense of self.
She teaches the readers about the value of being your authentic self by allowing you vulnerability to show through. For people, who are struggling with how they see themselves and how their shame affects their lives – this book will serve as an extreme game-changer.
3. Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
This may be a simple book, but it leaves an exceptional impact on its readers. Dubbed as a motivational business fable, Who Moved My Cheese? tells the story of two mice, who made two opposing decisions that led to different outcomes. There is also a part about two people, called Hem and Haw, who are faced with the same challenge.
The point of the book is to teach people that they can be open to change, accept change, and learn how to adapt to it. Apart from that, the best thing to do is enjoy the changes that are about to happen in your life. Know that more will come and it’s best to get ready for these changes all the time.
4. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman
Millions of people swear by this book and have offered their own stories of how it helped change their love lives. The point of the Five Love Languages is to teach a person that they have their own way of showing love, and at the same time, so does their partner.
Even without a partner, it works as a stepping stone that can prepare you for how you will engage the next relationship that comes into your life. Not only does it focus on marriage and recent relationships, it also gives you an idea of how to express love to your family and friends by understanding them better.
5. What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
Former FBI Agent, Joe Navarro, teaches the readers how to read body language, how to spot a lie, and how to get a person to admit the truth. For regular people, it is quite useful in terms of business and relationships.
Rather than focus on cultivating paranoia, the book delves into how the human mind works and how their body reacts. This can change your life in an unexpected way, especially in terms of how you approach people and how you choose the people to work and start a relationship.
6. Quirkology by Richard Wiseman
Just as the wordplay on the title denotes, the book discusses a lot of quirky facts that can prove helpful to people, who want to find a new perspective in their day-to-day lives. From behavioral science to basic psychology, Quirkology’s contents will stay stuck in your brain for a very long time.
Why is this important, you ask? It’s because each innocuous fact learned in that book will change the way you look at the people you meet and the ones that are already in your lives. Not only that, the things you learn can help you make better decisions and see former views in a better light.
7. 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman
Another book by Richard Wiseman, but this time, it tackles everyday problems using information that can easily be processed within – you guessed it – 59 seconds. The book discusses facts and research-based information on how one can improve the different aspects of their lives.
These include ways to get a great job by improving your resume like the ones on Resumes Expert, boost one’s self-esteem, improve your relationships, and much more. Even reading one section can greatly increase the positivity in your life
8. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
These books cover a very complex topic, which can be summarized into simpler terms for those who want to understand the human mind better. Kahneman posits that human beings have ingrained cognitive biases – meaning we tend to be predictable. Once you read this book, you will understand your mind better and how other people’s minds work as well.
The best thing about knowing how your mind works is that you will be able to make better decisions calmly and efficiently. In a way, it’s actually counter-acting the usual way we overthink about issues and problems in our lives.
9. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
You may be asking, “How can a cookbook change my life?” Aside from it actually happening to the author of Julie and Julia, Julie Powell, reading a book about the most esteemed cuisine in the world can help you improve your life in ways you never knew.
Of course, it may not lead to a best-selling book or a movie deal, but learning how to cook one of the most difficult cuisines will definitely change your life. You will learn how to implement discipline into crafting the perfect dish.
You will develop a set of skills that can boost your self-esteem. Lastly, you get to eat a yummy meal with your friends and family. Eating it all by yourself sounds like a good deal, too.
10. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
So what if this book is on all the lists of life-changing books? It is absolutely true anyway, just as the books we’ve listed before have changed so many lives. We recommend reading this book at least once in your life because even a tiny bit of insight can take you a long way.
These seven habits that the book speaks of are simple, yet extraordinary. They are easily understandable and even easier to apply. Most people have issues with it because it’s considered outdated, but the publishing house has continued to update it for modern times.
In any case, mastering these habits leads to a change for the better. You can become more organized, you gain more success, and most important of all, you discover yourself in a new and positive way.
Over to You
All of these books were featured on various best-seller lists – not because of their popularity – but because of their effectivity. They do indeed change lives and they allow it to happen naturally. People choose to read books recreationally.
If they end up choosing any one of these books, they will definitely see a significant change – even a sliver of it – within a short amount of time. After that, it’s all uphill towards a better you.
Janet Anthony is a blogger from Kansas City who has been writing professionally for five years now. She mostly writes about motivation, self-development, blogging and inspiration. Her motto is “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”.
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