Books are subjective. While one person might be head over heels in love with one book, someone else might hate it. However, there are a few reads that we can all collectively agree are one of a kind and have the potential to change lives.
I've curated four best-selling self-help books that have the power to drastically improve your quality of life as it has done for me and for the millions that read it before you.
These non-fiction books touch on a range of subjects, from habits to happiness, and once you get through them you will be looking at life through a different lens.
1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
This is one of those books that will actually motivate you to take action as soon as you finish reading it. Written by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, the book gives the reader an in-depth analysis of the role of habits in our lives.
Duhigg puts emphasis on the fact that our brains can’t differentiate between good and bad habits, so it is really important that we know how habits are formed and how they can be changed. Once we understand and harness the power of habits, then we can experience growth and literally change our lives.
2. Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers is one of Gladwell's most popular and best-selling books and it isn't hard to see why. In the thought-provoking book, Gladwell argues that success isn't just the product of hard work, there are plenty of other factors, such as timing, opportunity, persistence and even birth date, that play a major role.
He reassures the reader that it isn't the best and brightest who always make it, but rather those who were in the right place at the right time and are aware of an existing opportunity. He uses the stories of well-known, successful individuals like Bill Gates to illustrate his points.
This book quantifies success in a way that changes how you view your life's trajectory and inspires you to work harder.
3. The Little Book of Hygge: the Danish Secrets to Happy Living - Meik Wiking
The Danish word 'Hygge' (pronounced 'hue-guh') doesn't really exist in the English language, and is hard to pronounce, but it is one of the most important secrets to happiness.
In this book, Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, explores the concept of Hygge, which when loosely translated, means "sense of togetherness." He claims that we are happier when we're with people we love and have a "feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe."
Wiking suggests ways in which we can incorporate Hygge into our lives and along the way we begin to understand why the Danish are always ranked as the happiest people in the world.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Steven Covey
This self-help book was first published in 1989 but it is still considered as one of the most influential reads ever.
Covey makes the argument that how we view the world is entirely up to our own perceptions. So if you want to alter an aspect of your life, you will have to change how you see yourself and the world around you. "The way we see the problem is the problem," he writes.
This may be easier said than done so Covey outlines seven habits that one needs to adopt in order to create effective personal change, which will then be reflected in other areas of your life.
If you find yourself in need of some personal growth, this book may be just what you need to inspire change.
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