Self-help

The Gifts of Imperfection 

Brené Brown

 

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, what if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there.

The Subtle art of not giving a f*ck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life 

Mark Manson

In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. This book is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. "Not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault."
A much needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, this book is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. 

 

12 Rules for Life

Jordan B. Peterson

 

 

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

 

You do You

Sarah Knight

 

It's time to start putting your happiness first--and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can't be done. And don't panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people. Knight delivers her trademark no-bullsh*t advice about: the Tyranny of "Just Because", the social contract and how to amend it, turning "flaws" into strengths--aka "mental redecorating", why it's not your job to be nice, letting your freak flag fly, how to take risks, silence the doubters, and prove the haters wrong.

 

Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life

Humble The Poet

 

Unlearn is a collection of writings to remind you of the wisdom you’ve already acquired, but may have lost under the weight and pressures of daily life. This book touches upon a myriad of topics that we all go through in life, from love, relationships, to success, and chasing our dreams. Simple, honest, and effective, Unlearn is a “collection of nuggets that remind you of the things that keep this wild ride steady”.

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert

 

Most of us spend our lives steering ourselves toward the best of all possible futures, only to find that tomorrow rarely turns out as we had expected. Why? As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explains, when people try to imagine what the future will hold, they make some basic and consistent mistakes. Smart, witty, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny,Stumbling on Happinessbrilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there.

 

You Are Not So Smart

David McRaney

Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here’s the truth: You are not so smart. You’re just as deluded as the rest of us—but that’s okay, because being deluded is part of being human. You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren’t true. Bringing together popular science and psychology with humor and wit, You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of our irrational, thoroughly human behavior.

The Self-Care Project

Jayne Hardy

 

The Self-Care Project is for those who have been feeling off-kilter for a while but have not been able to put their finger on why. It is a no-nonsense, practical journey to help you do just that. It'll walk you through the case for self-care (why it's so darn important), why it isn't selfish at all, help you explore what self-care means for you, what your obstacles might be and provide advice on how to chisel out daily space for self-care in a practical, achievable and realistic way.

 

 

Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

 

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Daniel Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices.

Mind over Mood second edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Dennis Greenberger, PhD and Christine A. Padesky, PhD

 

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy, one of today's most effective forms of psychotherap, to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.

 

Feeling good : The New Mood Therapy

Dr David D. Bruns

 

In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

 

How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use

Randy J. Paterson

InHow to Be Miserable, psychologist Randy Paterson outline 40 specific behaviours and habits, which are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. There are stacks upon stacks of self-help books that will promise you love, happiness, and a fabulous life. But how can you pinpoint the exact behaviours that cause you to be miserable in the first place? This tongue-in-cheek guide will help you identify the behaviours that make you unhappy and discover how you are holding yourself back from a life of contentment. You'll learn to spot the tried-and-true traps that increase feelings of dissatisfaction, foster a lack of motivation, and detract from our quality of life, as well as ways to avoid them. So, get ready to live the life you want (or not?) This fun, irreverent guide will light the way.