Now that summer’s in full swing, it’s time to hit the beach (or pool) with a good book. And while classic beach reads can be a relaxing break, you can only read so many before they start to get old. Enter: self-development books. They’re a great way to escape and unwind while getting a dose of productive knowledge in the process. Whether you want to develop your confidence, transform your work life, or improve your relationships, we’ve got the self-development book for you.
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Uplevel Your Interpersonal Skills, Read: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Originally published in 1936, this manual is arguably more relevant today than ever. Carnegie presents valuable tips on how to get people to like you, fundamental techniques on handling people, and strategies to win people to your way of thinking, while presenting compelling anecdotes of how each tip works in practice. He cites the success of men like Rockefeller and President Roosevelt, both of whom he argues used these techniques to rise to the top. This is a guide that you’ll want to read again and again once you put Carnegie’s tips into practice and see the results.
Start Experiencing More Joy, Read: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams
Ever wonder how the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu remain so joyful amidst the suffering happening in our world right now? This book has the answers. Abrams was able to observe a five day meeting between the two best friends, and ask them questions about joy, suffering, and the secrets to lasting happiness. The account of their time together is chock full of wisdom, powerful stories, and pictures of the two men that will undoubtedly leave you smiling. You’ll come away feeling lighter, and like you just made two new, extremely wise friends.
Get Your Dream Job, Read: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Ferris explains how he went from working 80 hours a week and making $40,000 a year, to working 4 hours a week and earning $40,000 a month. So clearly he knows a thing or two about how to radically transform your work life. He provides insights that will make you question the way you’re working now, and tips that will teach you how to work smarter. Plus, the updated version contains case studies from readers who have doubled their incomes, overcome obstacles, and reinvented themselves by using Ferris’s principles.
Become a Totally Zen, Modern Day Buddha, Read: The Buddha Walks Into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation by Lodro Rinzler
The description begins “this isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s about integrating that ‘spiritual practice’ thing into a life that includes beer, sex, and a boss that doesn’t understand you.” After all, few of us want to actually live in isolation in the mountains like buddha. Instead, we can apply the principles of mindfulness and meditation into our everyday lives to make them just a little bit smoother. Rinzler explains how you can apply Buddhist principles to your everyday life for a happier, more fulfilled life.
Simplify Your Life, Read: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, Ruiz argues that a lot of our suffering comes from the fact that we make things a lot more complicated than they actually need to be. To set ourselves free, he suggests living by four agreements: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. The book contains a chapter explaining each of these agreements, and how to put them into practice in your everyday life. If you practice these agreements, Ruiz claims your life will transform into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
Overhaul Your Life, Read: Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny! by Tony Robbins
At 512 pages, this definitely isn’t the quickest read. That said, if you want to completely transform all areas of your personal life, this one’s for you. Robbins is a motivational speaker and life coach who went from being a depressed janitor to being a successful, self-made millionaire. He compiles his most effective strategies to help you master your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and ultimately find sustained happiness and fulfillment.
Written By: Kara Cuzzone