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A book can change your life! Here’s a guide to the best self-help books!

A book can change your life! The best self-help books are those that motivate you to make lasting changes in your life. Have a look at our self-help book treasury and pick up the one that suits you best! 

The Morning Time- Benefits of an early start 

It is said that “well begun is half done”. Starting off your day in the right manner gives a boost to your productivity and wellbeing. And, there are books that help you understand the magic of well started days. The secret lies in getting your mornings right. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma outlines in detail what you can do between 5-6 am every morning to get a true head start in your life and career. 

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod describes the six habits that will transform your life before 8 am. It is a great morning system to kickstart your day and lead the life you’ve always wanted. 

If you are keen to know how others start off their mornings, you may enjoy reading “A Beautiful Morning”, where the author looks in detail at the morning routines of some accomplished women. 

A super tip that’s no secret and is common to all these books? An early start is a true head start! 

Working effectively- Self-help Books on How to work 

Work forms a major part of our day. We live in the age of distraction. Books that help us work effectively are always welcome! In Deep Work- Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, author Cal Newport elaborates on how working deeply can drastically alter the way you work. Deep work refers to “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill and are hard to replicate,”. 

On similar lines is the book, The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember by Nicholas Carr. The book draws on research to show how use of the internet rewires our brains to induce only superficial understanding. This obviously has a pervasive impact on our lives, including the manner in which we work. 

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy on the other hand, illuminates the idea that little things add up to a lot. Small daily practices and habits, add up to mean a lot and contribute significantly to our effectiveness. 

Time and Energy Management 

In The Productivity Revolution – Control your time and get things done, author Marc Reklau brings forth the concept of time and energy vampires. This basically refers to people who waste our time and energy. People around you can be the springboard to motivate you, help you gain courage and take the right actions, but on the other hand can also drag you down, drain your energy, and act as brakes in the achieving of your life goals and productivity. Stay away from time and energy vampires is one of the messages of the book. This book summarizes popular ideas on time management and also gives the reader some new food for thought. 

Life and Living 

Want some books that will facilitate a good life and take care of holistic wellbeing? Stop Reading the News by Rolf Dobelli argues that news consumption can degrade the quality of your life. Read this book, and it may open you up to a new viewpoint. You’ll definitely think before reaching out for the newsfeed next time! 

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl has since long been an epitome of hope and the survival of the human spirit against all odds. 

Self-help books give us a different perspective on life and living, and sometimes it can be really life-changing.

Cleaning and Organising- Self-help books  

Have you even felt that your physical surroundings mirror your mental state? Alternatively, have you noticed that by clearing out clutter in your home or office, you somehow ‘lighten’ your mind? One book that sparked off a revolution in the home organizing arena is Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. 

The Art of Discarding is another book that talks about a minimalistic philosophy towards “stuff”. Another morbid, but essential thought is that of what will happen to your stuff once you are no more? Do you really want to leave behind junk to clear out? There is a book that explores this question. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter has some poignant thoughts for us to think! 


I think we can safely say that Japan is much more than a country. It is a philosophy in itself. This “japonisme” may just intrigue you, and if it does we have special feature examining self-help books from Japan. 

The new year is a time for new beginnings and new changes that will propel your life forward in positive and constructive ways. No matter what area of your life you wish to target, these are the best self-help books in their genre! You’ll surely find gems of wisdom between the lines. 

Dhanishta Shah

Dhanishta is a Counselling Psychologist and a freelance writer. She is the Founder of Bookedforlife.