Best Self Help Books For Women Of Color
Best Self Help Books For Women: To Enrich Your Life
Self help books for women have exploded over the past few decades. At least one-third of adults have purchased a self-enrichment book during their lifetime. These types of books account for approximately $2.5 billion a year in the United States alone. Bookstores now dedicate entire aisles to the genre. While we commend the prolific attention to helping individuals to improve their mental and emotional wellness, it can be a little daunting when trying to pick the right one. Here’s a list of 5 exceptional books that are a good place to start for every woman:
One day, Gretchen was on the bus when she realized all she wanted in life was to be happy, yet she had done nothing to actively pursue it. For the next year, she dedicated herself to pursuing happiness and penned a heartwarming and informative book about the process. Her story combines information from studies, famous quotes from psychiatrists and philosophers, pop culture, personal experience, as well as her own set of commandments in order to explore the quest for happiness. She engages with the reader by directly speaking to you and encouraging you to find concrete ways to discover the joy in your own life.
Since its publication in 2009, The Happiness Project has transformed lives across the world. It has been translated into over thirty languages and has been celebrated internationally. The book spent over two years on The New York Times bestsellers list. Countless women have formed Happiness Project groups to discuss how they implement the book’s suggestions on their own journeys to contentment. Gretchen was even named “queen of the self help memoir” by The New York Times Book Review.
This enlightening book is a quick read, so it’s perfect for busy women looking to squeeze a little self-enrichment into their full schedules. The Four Agreements records the ageless wisdom of the Toltec, a collection of men and women who, thousands of years ago, formed a society in Southern Mexico to examine spiritual knowledge. The book offers a powerful code of conduct that transforms lives filled with self-limiting beliefs into satisfying experiences of love, freedom, and happiness.
Don Miguel calls everyone who commits to the four agreements Spiritual Warriors since it is a constant battle to consciously replace self-judgment with self-love, but he reminds the reader that a peaceful and fulfilling life is well worth the struggle. As a descendant of the Toltec, Don Miguel writes of sagacious wisdom that has been passed down his lineage for many centuries; amazingly, his ancient advice has been confirmed by many modern scientists and psychologists.
- You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
If you usually find self-help books a little stuffy or tedious, You Are A Badass is a perfect book for you. Jen Sincero’s narrative voice is simultaneously feminine and feisty. Called the self-help book for millennials, this irreverent piece contains twenty-seven bite-sized chapters that allude to pop culture, call you out on your crap, and offer hilarious stories. With chapters like “Your Brain is Your Bitch” and “My Subconscious Made Me Do It,” Jen offers witty advice to help you become the person you always wanted to be.
Jen Sincero wasn’t always the New York Times bestseller she is now. She spent a good portion of her life as a self-proclaimed loser in a punk band who dreamed of but never achieved international superstardom. Though she never attained rock star status, her failed musical career inspired her debut novel, Don’t Sleep with Your Drummer, in which she discovered her love for writing.
After maintaining a national column on sex advice for a while, Jen decided to write the all-encompassing self-enrichment book, You Are A Badass. Jen often reminds her readers that she transformed herself from a forty-year-old woman living in a garage to one of the most sought-after life coaches in America. If you haven’t read her book yet, give it a try. You won’t be sorry.
With over a staggering eleven million copies sold, The 5 Love Languages remains one of the most popular relationship books on the market. Gary Chapman explains that falling in love is easy, but remaining in love can be challenging unless both partners are fluent in one another’s love language. This easy-to-read book teaches readers how to understand and display love in modern relationships according to the five languages of love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
Gary illustrates ways to give and receive love in practical and insightful ways even if partners don’t share the same love language. Whether your relationship is flourishing or flailing, this book will elevate your experience with love.
This piece is unlike the other books on this list because it’s actually a revised collection of essays Oprah wrote over the past decade and a half for her “What I Know For Sure” column in O Magazine. Many people read just one essay a day in order to incorporate a little motivation into their mornings. While it does not have the traditional self help books structure, this might be the most inspirational book on the list.
Oprah does not restrict herself in terms of genre or topic; she discusses everything from knowing your worth to always being present at the moment to learn to trust your instincts. By offering personal anecdotes to convey her ideas and advice, Oprah allows the reader to connect with her in an intimate way that longtime fans like myself adore and appreciate. Each engaging essay sparks self-reflection, inspiration, and renewed dedication to the journey of the self.
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