My Favourite Self-Help Books From 2018

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I made a new years resolution to read a book every month of 2018 and I’m super proud to say that has been met! In fact, I read more than 12 books last year! This year, I’m doing it again :)

My favourite genre as of most recent are self-help books. I certainly love a good read if it helps you grow into a better person!

Here are my top picks from 2018:

Fear: Essential Wisdom For Getting Through The Storm

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This book is written by one of my favourite monks who advocates the importance of mindfulness in everyday life. His name is Thich Nhat Hanh. In this book, he talks about how to handle your fears and how to face them. All through the concept of mindfulness.

He talks about looking into the past and understanding where this fear comes from. Which I believe is quite important because it’s important to understand where it came from and why we feel that way about our fear. Then he will talk about different simple, practical exercises to face the fear that starts with looking inward into ourselves.

A fantastic read for anyone interested in an enlightening book about facing your fears!

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

A book that is literally on everyone’s favourites list. And for good reason. Mark Manson’s no bullshit and blunt approach is definitely what we all need. A little bit of confrontation and shock never hurt anyone.

If you’re looking for a self-help book that won’t sugar coat what life is all about then this is for you. He keeps it real and basically says “sometimes shit is f*cked up and we have to live with it”. In many cases, this is absolutely true. Without adversity in our lives, we can’t move forward or think of new ways of living.

A quote I love from this book is “Who are you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for”.

I really resonate with this. You don’t really praise anyone for the end goal but really the journey they go through to get there. I mean you congratulate them on the success but the real work is from the sweat and tears of getting you there.

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Eat Pray Love

This isn’t really a self-help book. But it’s special. It’s a book that is for all those lonely and lost women out there who have found themselves in a place they feel that there is no hope left!

I read this twice last year. The beginning of the year when I was 6 months out of heartbreak and then again towards the year before I embarked on my first solo trip to Hawaii. It served me with two different purposes at those times. To help me move away from my sad breakup and also to help encourage me to go on an adventure on my own.

Elizabeth Gilbert is truly an inspiration. I really respect her decision for leaving a relationship that no longer served her value and then braving the wilderness and travelling on her own for an entire year!

This book is about finding yourself. It really has set the foundation for me on my own journey of self-love and self-growth.