The Best Self-Growth Books for Changing Your Life and Perspective – msnNOW

The Best Self-Growth Books for Changing Your Life and Perspective – msnNOW

If you’ve ever made an effort to work on your personal growth and development, you likely understand that it’s an ongoing journey — there’s always more to learn and there’s always work to be done.

One of the best ways to continue that work and learning? Books, naturally. Not only are there tons of benefits to reading books of any kind, but by choosing to read self-growth books, you can reap the benefits of doing some personal development work as well.

Of course, everyone’s personal development journey looks different, and that will color which books you turn to for guidance: Are you looking to strengthen positive habits? Are you trying to be kinder to yourself? Are you looking for a better way to address stress?

From overcoming fear to practicing self-compassion, these self-work books provide a foundation for working on the area of your personal development that needs the most attention, with one common theme: fulfilling your potential to excel in all areas of your life.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Building — and sticking to — healthy, positive, and productive habits is easier said than done. Which habits do you really need to succeed, anyway? And how do you go about learning them and applying them to daily life? In Atomic Habits, Clear outlines a system to change your habits and, as a result, get “one percent better every day.” Life and health coach Simone De La Rue recommends it as a personal-growth book to “help you make the small changes that will have a big impact and transform your life.” (Related: What Is a Life Coach — and Can You Benefit from One?) 

Buy It, $12

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Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

“Practicing self-compassion, essentially treating yourself like a good friend, will totally transform your life,” says Ellen Albertson, Ph.D., registered dietician, nutritionist and psychologist. In her self-growth book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Neff presents a combination of empirical research and personal stories, while also engaging readers with practical exercises to explore self-compassion — think: writing a letter to yourself about a time when you felt insecure or not good enough and repositioning the memory to address it from a place of acceptance. “Research shows that [self-compassion] reduces depression, anxiety, and stress and increases optimism, life-satisfaction, wellbeing, and happiness,” says Albertson. (See: Your Negative Self-Talk Could Be Harming Your Health — Here’s How to Stop)

Buy It, $13

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Let It Be Easy by Susie Moore

If you find that your days are often derailed by stress, this book is for you. Moore suggests that stress is self-induced, and can just as easily be replaced with positive inductions, like peace and power. In her personal-development book Let It Be Easy, Moore provides strategic methods for replacing the stress response to negative life events (like pain, grief, anxiety) with a different reaction. As the title of this …….