We all want to live our best lives, but it can be hard to know where to start. So we say start with a book and formulate a plan from there. Here’s our five favourite books for when we need a shot in the arm of motivation
There’s a new breed of self help books on the market, books to motivate. Instead of dealing with one issue, they detail personal discoveries of how best to live life. From focussing on work, to saying yes to everything to trusting faith there’s something for everyone. And all of them are perfect for when you’re down in the dumps. Here’s our five favourite books for when we need a kick up the arse.
Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé by Jason Wachob
Coming from the founder and CEO of MindBodyGreen this book is all about finding out what’s really important and living a life that promotes that. Just back you have ambition it doesn’t mean that has to be channelled into the workplace. Instead learn to live well and live connected with Jason Wachob
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
If you watch American box sets then you know who Shonda Rhimes is. The woman behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal shares the story of how she was living but wasn’t living a life. And then she decided to say yes to every single opportunity that presented itself to her for one full year. Fair enough that’s not always possible, but we can all be open to a little more wonder in our lives and that’s exactly Shonda’s point. Funny, entertaining and not too self-helpy, this book packs a big punch.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
We love Gabrielle Bernstein here in WellFest HQ, and with good reason. Her books take the teachings of A Course In Miracles and turns them into super digestible ideas that our modern minds can manage. In this one she’s basically encouraging use to do whatever it is we’d do if we couldn’t fail, because the universe has our back. It’s an eye opener.
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
She wrote The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck so expect some hard hitting home truths from Sarah Knight. And you, sometimes that’s exactly what you need. A softly softly approach isn’t always what’s needed, so instead think of this as the bossy big sister you never had. Take the advice, get yourself together and then go live your best life.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
If you’ve already leaned in and sh*t still happened then this is the book for you. Instead of ignoring the fact that bad things can happen, Sheryl Sandberg is determined to show is all a different way of dealing with it. Written after her husband died, this book should be maudlin and self indulgent, it’s not. It’s packed with alternative approaches to grief and all the other big blows life can deal. One to keep in easy reach during difficult times for sure.