5 Essential Books on How to Better Yourself

Since the new year just hit, it's time for some self-love.

And what better way to practice it than to cuddle up with a great read? Since there are so many books out there, it seemed necessary to curate the perfect list of five books to self-betterment. And if you aren't feeling like you need a complete revamp, that's okay, because these books give life advice that's applicable to just about everyone. Why not try and give yourself more room to grow? Let's dive into these book selections.

List of books to better yourself

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1. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr. Julie Smith: $20

Dr. Julie Smith'Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? provides easy-to-understand advice on everyday struggles. Dr. Smith is a renowned clinical psychologist who wants to share her favorite useful tools to help anyone deal with all of the ups and downs of life. The book is presented as a series of short entries, from secrets from therapy to frameworks for optimizing your mental health. If you find yourself struggling with any mental health-related issues, consider reading her expert advice on how to cope with extraordinary scenarios and what life challenges you with. This book inspires, helps and attempts to heal readers.

Make sure to add this book to your collection

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2. Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker: $16

Robert Whitaker is an award-winning science and history writer who investigates the mysteries behind the tripling of mental illnesses in the last two decades. Over the course of the book, he works diligently to provide answers to this powerful question—and as readers, we are also challenged to confront this question ourselves.

Anatomy of an Epidemic

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3. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest: $16

Brianna Wiest brings together a hundred thoughtful subjects in this compilation of her own short essays. Over the course of the book, she argues for the importance of choosing purpose over passion, embracing negativities, acknowledging wisdom in the mundane and becoming more aware of the biases that shape your perspective. While this title may sound a bit taunting at first, once you start, you'll be sucked in and come out on the other end with a whole new outlook on life.

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

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4. Daring to Take up Space by Daniell Koepke: $16

Daniell Koepke's work exists to move people. This particular book of poetry is from a young Daniell's perspective, in which she believes herself to be worthless, and is completely convinced she could never become anything special. However, over the course of these poems, Daniell's words connect with the reader, reminding us all that we belong and deserve to take up space. Said simply, you are enough.

Daring to take up space

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5. You Do You by Sarah Knight: $18

Sarah Knight's bold writing gives voice to the importance of listening to yourself. Though life presents many adversities, through hard work and perseverance, you can get through any difficulties that life might throw your way. Being oneself can be hard sometimes, but it's important to remember that you need to start working on your own happiness first. This book enlightens readers, teaching that you can be who you are and get what you want at the same time.

You do You brings bold insights

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