6 Self-Help Books That Will Change Your Life

As someone living with a mental illness, I have been given every self-help book there is. I found that many self-help books were unrealistic and hard to relate to. Many of them only reinforced the idea that I don’t have my sh*t together. Then I read Jen Sincero’s book, You Are A Badass, and everything changed. It inspired me to jump back on the self-help train. Below I share my list of 6 self-help books that will change your life.

1. You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

I have this book in paperback, on Audible and on Kindle…yeah obsessed much? It has become my go-to book since the day I purchased it. Sincero is relatable, honest and gives insight that will change your perspective on the way we view life and most importantly ourselves.

Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.


2. Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life by Mark Manson

This book is one of the most engaging, entertaining and downright honest books I have read. Manson shares the truth about happiness and our relentless search for it. It is another book that I have both in Kindle and hardcover. I reference it on a weekly basis.

It turns out that adversity and failure are actually useful and even necessary for developing strong-minded and successful adults.


3. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things is a unique way of approaching self-help. Strayed shares never before published pieces from The Rumpus’s advice column. Every column is different, and her advice has given me a lot of perspective on the way I interpret a lot of my experiences in life.

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.


4. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills 

A close friend sent me this book last year, and I am thankful she did. The book has helped me acknowledge some of my intense insecurities and behaviors. The book is based around the Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word, Don’t take anything personally, Don’t make assumptions, and Always do your best. 

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use your power of your word in the direction of truth and love.


5. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Hollis reveals the messiness of her own life and confronts misconceptions that held her back from gaining self-worth. She is honest and unfiltered which makes the book engaging, humorous and incredibly relatable.

Comparison is the death of joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday.


6. Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood 

I stumbled upon this book when I was searching for books on Audible to play while on a 15 road trip to one of my best friends weddings. I was shocked how much the content related to me. If you love “too much” and have struggled in your relationships definitely get this enlightening self-help book about love.

It requires a hard look at what is, rather than what you hope will be. As you let go of managing and controlling, you must also let go of the idea that “when he changes I’ll be happy.” He may never change. You must stop trying to make him. And you must learn to be happy anyway.


These are my suggestions, but if you have any more self-help books you would like to share please list them below in the comment section. I am always looking for new books to read. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. All of these books are great on Audible and Kindle as well.