Self help books are always around us. These books are written with intention to instruct or provide guideline to its readers to solve their personal problems. Self help books, as the name suggest helps oneself towards self development by providing guidance and instructions. There are many classic self help books which are known to be all time favorite. However as a saying, millennial are not looking for life hack like how to win friends and influence people. Self help for new age generation does starts from “me” but it ends with “we”. Below are few self help books which are trending among millennial generation.
- A New Earth : Awakening to your life’s purpose
- You are a Badass
- The seven habits of highly effective teens
- Declutter your mind
- Big Magic
- The four agreements
1) A new Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Book overview by Wikipedia: An article in Success magazine describes A New Earth as a “self-improvement book” that encourages its readers to live their lives in each present moment and to create happiness for themselves without emphasizing material possessions. Tolle’s intent is to change the way human beings think, and he envisions a world population that is increasingly humble, enlightened and pure. According to Tolle, the book’s purpose “is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness”.
In the book, Tolle asserts that everyone can find “the freedom and joy of life” if they live in the present moment. The book describes human dysfunction, selfishness, anxiety and the inhumanity we inflict on each other, as well as mankind’s failed attempts to find life meaning and purpose through material possessions and unhealthy relationships. It asserts that thoughts can have a powerful and beneficial “effect on the healing process” and puts forth a concept of “evolutionary transformation of human consciousness” which prompts the reader to participate in “honest self-evaluation [that] can lead to positive change.”
2) “You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life” By Jen Sincero
You are a Badaas is the self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want. Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW. Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before. By the end of You are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
3) The seven habits of highly effective teens by Sean Covey.
In 2000 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens was named as one of the Yalsa’s “Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults” This book is written by Sean Covey, son of Stephen Covey. In the book Covey discusses how teenagers can become more independent and effective by following seven basic habits. The habits range from being proactive in every aspect of one’s life to planning and prioritizing one’s daily life and responsibilities.
4) Declutter your mind: How to stop worrying, relieve anxiety and eliminate negative thinking by SJ scott and Barrie Davenport
This book will teach you the habits, actions, and mindsets to clean up the mental clutter that’s holding you back from living a meaningful life. We all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle. The solution is to practice specific mindfulness techniques that create more “space” in your mind to enjoy inner peace and happiness. With these habits, you’ll have the clarity to prioritize what’s most important in your life, what no longer serves your goals, and how you want to live on a daily basis. And that’s what you’ll learn in Declutter Your Mind.
5) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Summary by NY times: “Big Magic” is a manual with universal aspirations that feels narrowly personal, a crash course in the mental habits of the highly effective person named Elizabeth Gilbert.
“Big Magic” is broken into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. Gilbert wonders in the first, “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? . . . The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.” If the creativity inside of you has not burrowed deeper than ever before upon hearing itself referred to as a “treasure” and “jewels,” it is more stalwart than mine. But Gilbert spends much of the book coaxing out even the shyest creativity with a kind of extended pep talk: Creativity is inside all of us, it should be expressed, and it is not selfish or crazy or foolish to do so — it is, in fact, the best way to live a satisfying life. Gilbert’s advice reads like a positive fortune cookie: a nice surprise you will forget once the taste of won tons has faded from your mouth. Creativity is “your birthright as a human being”; “Even if you grew up watching cartoons in a sugar stupor from dawn to dusk, creativity still lurks within you”; “You are not required to save the world with your creativity.”
6) The four agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
Overview by Wikipedia: The book takes inspiration from a set of spiritual beliefs held by the ancient Toltec people to help readers transform their lives into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. According to the author, everything a person does is based on agreements they have made with themselves, with others, with God, and with life itself. In these agreements, one may tell themselves who they are, how to behave, what is possible, and what is impossible. Some agreements that individuals create may not cause issues, but there are certain agreements that come from a place of fear and have the power to deplete one’s emotional energy as well as diminish the self-worth of a person. The book states that these self-limiting agreements are what creates needless suffering. Ruiz also believes that to find personal joy, one must get rid of society-imposed and fear-based agreements that may subconsciously influence the behavior and mindset of the individual. Another basic premise of the book suggests that much of suffering is self-created and that most of the time, individuals have the ability to transform themselves and the negative thoughts they may have about situations occurring within their life. The author identifies sources of unhappiness in life and proposes four beneficial agreements that one can make with themself to improve their overall state of well-being. By making a pact with these four key agreements, an individual is able to dramatically impact the amount of happiness they feel in their lives, regardless of external circumstances.
Beginning of self improvement is your first step towards prosperity. While there are many other new age books written on self help, above 6 books are must read. Finally remember that reading any self help book is just a beginning of the journey towards self improvement. One can benefit only when one actually implement and practice self help tips which are suitable for self.
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