Reading improves our diction, reduces stress, expands our perception and maintains our cognitive functioning with age. Reading can also be a place of refugee and deep inner-exploration, but why is making reading a habit so hard. When struggling with an emotional burden reading can either be a solution or a painful aid in acknowledging the places we are scared to venture.
There are some books, like these ten self-help books, that can change the trajectory of our lives if we allow them to open our hearts towards wisdom and guide us. And until proven otherwise, it is safe to assume that no one is perfect, and so, everyone could benefit from a little education. One could go as far to say, “we’re perfectly imperfect and that’s what makes living life so extraordinary.”
Therefore, these are ten self-help books you should read this summer (go team):
1. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist, and author with six New York Times bestsellers, seeks to cultivate compassion for the true self through venturing to explain the human experience in the simplest of forms – in a portraiture of enduring love, humanity and spirituality.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
2. The Body Keeps the Score
The Body Keeps the Score by the author Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. is an essential read for anyone trying to understand the complicated apparatus of complex-PTSD and how to treat traumatic stress through the scope of its impact on society.
3. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by the author Gabor Mate, M.D. appears the blending of first-person accounts of treating substance abuse addiction with cutting edge research and a passionate argument surrounding a societies need to address critical issues in the complex world of addiction medicine.
4. Anatomy of An Epidemic
Anatomy of an Epidemic by, award-winning science and history writer, Robert Whitaker, investigates the medical phenomena between prescription medication and the epidemiological rate of mental disability in America. It argues against the just cause of a medically altered society and offers a critique on the pharmaceutical industry.
5. The Change Your Biology Diet
by the author Louis J. Aronne M.D.
A best-selling doctor’s life-changing program and diet plan to effectively overcome addictions to sugar, fat, and salt, and achieve permanent weight loss
Louis J. Aronne, M.D., an internationally recognized weight-management expert and the director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill-Cornell Medical College, has created the Change Your Biology Diet, a proven program that helps people break through weight loss “resistance” to drop excess pounds and keep them off.
6. Good Vibes, Good Life: A Real-World Guide to Achieving a Greater Life
by the author Vex King –
In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:
– practice self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing
– cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation
– change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life
– manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques
– overcome fear and flow with the Universe
– find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others
7. Radical Acceptance
by the author Tara Brach, PhD, a contemplative psychologists perspective on healing childhood wounds and living in the world through compassion and self-acceptance.
For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much–just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work–to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.
—from Radical Acceptance
8. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
co-authoring by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., PhD and Oprah Winfrey offer a deeply relatable and non-stigmatizing account of how to shift conversations concerning individuals who have suffered trauma from the lens of ‘what’s wrong with you?’ too ‘what has happened to you?’ The text explains the reasoning behind trauma survivors personal struggle with relationship intimacy and stability and offers solutions to create safety for personal connection and satisfaction.
9. The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
by Alice Miller who writes about the narratives connected to overcoming and thriving after childhood abuse.
10. When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
Another book by the acclaimed doctor Gabor Mate, MD, Medical science searches high and low for the causes of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a host of other conditions. Yet it often ignores one of the most pervasive factors leading to illness: the hidden stresses embedded in our daily lives. In this important book, Dr. Gabor Mate combines a passionate examination of his patients’ life histories with lucid explanations of the science behind mind-body unity.