There are nearly 130 million books published in the world today. Of those, there are at least a hundred million books that will improve your life. Some books will teach you a new skill. Other books may shift your perspective. Some books are simply entertaining. And then, there are other books that will improve your life on a deeper level.I used to rely heavily on the Harry Potter series to pick me up. When I was in middle school, those books provided me with an unparalleled comfort. Anytime I was anxious or upset (which happens quite frequently during the emotional, angsty teenage years), I would grab the nearest Harry Potter book and read a couple chapters. Without fail, it always made me feel better. Maybe it was because it made me realize that, compared to battling the most powerful Dark wizard in the world, my problems weren’t so daunting. Maybe it was because it let me escape into a world of magic for a few hours. Perhaps it was because the books were funny and fun. Whatever the reason, whenever I picked up a book from the Harry Potter series, my day instantly improved.Since then, I’ve shifted a bit to non-fiction books. But I haven’t stopped seeking out books that will improve my life. Here are ten books that that will improve your life today - but only if you start reading them!
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
This book is short, sweet, and simple. The main idea is that when you love yourself, your life will transform. And therefore, it is worth putting an incredible amount of effort toward that love. As if your life depended on it. The book includes exercises you can do that will increase your self-love. And the more you love yourself, the happier you will be.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
Scott Adams is probably most famous for his cartoon, Dilbert. However, this book is more about self-improvement. His book is entertaining, inspirational, and provides a lot of concrete advice. Adams tells his story about his life in the corporate world, how he landed his dream job, and how he (and you!) can turn failure into success with the right mindset.
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
This is a book about Stoicism, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome. In the book, Irvine guides the reader through Stoic philosophy to help them minimize worry, anxiety, grief, and general dissatisfaction. This book is easy to understand and will teach you practices that will improve your life immediately and continuously.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book was published nearly a century ago, but the advice is still applicable to everyone. It talks about how to strengthen relationships and improve our everyday interactions with each other. This will teach you how to get people to like you, how to handle people, how to win arguments and how to change people's minds without causing resentment.
Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
This book talks about the importance of a morning routine. Elrod says that the way we spend our morning influences the way we spend our entire day. So if we wake up and take control of our morning, we will have control of our entire day. He gives the reader the things that he includes in his morning routine, and why he thinks they are important.
Saltwater Buddha by Jaimal Yogis
This book is about the author’s personal journey through life as he learns about surfing, Buddhism, meditation and happiness. It’s an entertaining read that has tons of practical advice and wisdom, but since it’s told in such a good way, you won’t even realize how much you’re learning.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The four agreements are based on ancient Toltec wisdom and describe how we can live a happy and peaceful life. The four agreements are:
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
It may sound simple, but those four agreements, if you implement them into your life, will improve your life drastically.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
This is a book about mindfulness. Singer examines the question of “who are you?” He talks about the voice inside our head, and the stories it tells us about the world we live in. This book is an easily digestible discussion about consciousness and how we can develop it. Reading it will change the way you view the world - and how you react to the thoughts in your head.
The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
In this book, Neil Pasricha outlines the nine “secrets” that will lead you to a happy life. He says there are three goals that will help you be happy: to want nothing, to do anything, and to have everything. And there are nine secrets that will get you there: be happy first, do it for you, remember the lottery, never retire, overvalue you, create space, just do it, be you, and don’t take advice.
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
This book is about how obstacles are an inevitable part of life. However, how we react to them is completely up to us. If we let them ruin us, then they will ruin us. Instead, we should lean into them, and realize that many times, the obstacle is actually the best opportunity for growth, learning, improvement and achievement. Change your outlook about struggles, and your entire life will change. This is only a list of ten books that will improve your life, but there are millions out there. Books are an unbelievably valuable tool. They can be your best friend, your therapist, your teacher, your mentor, and your trainer. But just like your best friend, therapist and teacher, you need to seek out the right ones for you. Start with this list of books or go out and find your own! The most important thing is getting started.Have you read any of these? If so, what did do think? What are some books that have improved your life? Let me know in the comments!