All About You, Inspiration, Self Care / November 25, 2019

5 Self Help Books That Are Totally Not Cliche

The genre of self-help gets a bad rap. It conjures the image of sad people crying into napkins and eating stale salads. This is why a lot of people don’t identify with self-help because we would rather not see ourselves as the cliche of a sad person.

However, sometimes, the truth is, we are. We are sad. We feel stuck, hopeless and we just don’t know how to pilot our lives forward or know the right decisions to make. Sadness is the biggest cliche because we all experience it and are sometimes, afraid of it. We would rather perform being a well-adjusted person, than take steps toward actually becoming that person.

For times like that, when you are tired of the performance and need actionable steps to change your life–there is always self-help. Here are books that won’t alienate you, and will offer the comfort and guidance you need.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

For a whole year, powerhouse Shonda Rhimes decided to change her life by saying yes to everything. The book is part memoir, part self-help but through her experiences, you’ll learn a lot of what it means to embrace absolute positivity. It’s also a reflection on the fact that success doesn’t inherently make you feel fulfilled.


My Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

Though this book was written to help creative people out of a rut, it could work for a number of circumstances. You know that voice inside you that holds you back and tells you whatever ideas you have aren’t good enough or already been done? This book helps you pursue your dreams and interest in spite of that voice.


Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Sheryl Strayed is an amazing writer and it is difficult not to cry through 5 napkins when you watch the Reese Witherspoon’s adaption of her book Wild. Her advice book Tiny Beautiful Things is no different. This collection was inspired by her “Dear Sugar” column and it offers tender but honest advice on love and life.


The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F**k by Mark Manson

If you are a worrywart whose anxiety levels stay at an all-time high (many of us are) this book can help.


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

What is true happiness? How does one attain it? Is it sustainable and if so, do some people have more of it than others? That’s the difference between contentment and happiness. Is it true that money doesn’t make you happy, or is this a convenient truth that our society tells so that we don’t actively deal with the fallouts of income inequality and class structures? Those answers and more are in this book.

Linnea Moran

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