Most people think that self-help or motivational books are for people with serious issues, but this is not the case!
Apart from the fact that we need to read more in this time and age, we all should read self-help books to simply have a different view of the world and ourselves in general in a positive way. Self-help books also channel ways we can be set free from our personal limitations and expand our mental capabilities. Think of them as motivational life hacks, or the lemonade recipe book for when life throws you lemons.
To kick-start your motivational journey for the newbies, and to continue on this journey for existing book lovers, we have culled out some of the best self-help books to read in 2018
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s blockbuster book is a compilation of essays that advises on psychology, theoretical, ethical principles, religion, mythology, and personal anecdotes in a humorous and informative manner and is filled with snippets of the author’s autobiography. His method of delivery also makes it one of the best self-help books available today.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is Mark Manson’s second book and is full of support and advice for people who want to embrace conflict and find comfort in uncomfortable situations. The author is also an entrepreneur, a professional blogger and a former dating coach.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D Burns
David D. Burns shows us some remarkable, scientifically proven techniques to help us develop a positive outlook on life and lift our spirits, and ascertains that anxiety, pessimism, low self-esteem, guilt, procrastination, and other kinds of depression can be cured without drugs. This is one of the best selling self-help books that is a must read.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Founder of Thechicsite.com and well known online personality, Rachel Hollis helps the readers of Girl, Wash Your Face break free the lies that constrain them to a joyless and meaningless life with her wisdom and witty cynicism. She also throws in a bonus chapter in her book to challenge women to rise against people’s expectations and follow their dreams with tips on how to.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle’s book was first published in 2005 and is a follow-up to his other best selling inspirational book, “The Power of Now”. The author intends to change the way humans think and encourage readers to live their lives in the present and to create personal happiness without focusing on material things. Overall, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose is one of the best self-help books for 2018.
Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety by Robert Duff
If you see reading traditional self-help books boring or a chore, then Robert Duff’s Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety is one of the top self-help books for you! This book is hilarious and teaches you about anxiety and how to slay the dragon.
The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle
Megan McArdle is currently an opinion writer for The Washington Post, and her book is full of wit and surprising insights on the importance of failure and learning from failure, as she relates to the hurdles she had to jump to define her professional life.
Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations, 2006-2012 by Seth Godin
Seth Godin is the author of nineteen international bestsellers, and Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations is no exception as well as being one of the best self-help books for 2018. Highlights from his book include a marketing lesson from the apocalypse; No, everything is not going to be okay; Choose your customers; Organized bravery, amongst others.
7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey
If you are looking for best-selling self-help books, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, combined, and principle-based approach for solving personal and professional problems. The audio version of this book is also the first non-fiction audiobook in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain
Susan Cain’s book is the ultimate introvert guidebook and distinguishes between being shy and being an introvert, being a successful introvert, excelling as an introvert, and so on. It is definitely one of the best self-help books until date, and in 2018, The Guardian listed it among the ten “best brainy books of the decade”
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s classic self –help book was first published in 1936 and is one of the best selling books of all time with over 15 million copies sold. If you haven’t read it yet, it is one of the best self-help books you should read this year! It covers a lot of topics from winning people over with the way you think, to arousing enthusiasm among your associates, and to being a better speaker – amongst many others.