Top 10 Self Help Books of All time

 

A self-help book is a guide to the people who seek to help themselves without depending on anyone else like psychiatrists. So it’s no wonder that self-help books have become a trend that hasn’t died down at all. Each book tells you a different way to help yourself through whatever tough situation you might be facing at the moment, be it a family crisis, financial trouble, mental distress, relationship problems and so on. There’s a self-help book to every problem you might be facing. So the next time you’re feeling down then just jot down the names of these books and go and visit your local bookstore or e-bookstore.

 

How To Win Friends And Influence People

Speaking of self-help books is incomplete without referring this bestseller by Dale Carnegie released in 1936.The book tells you how to explain your point of view to the other person and also try to look at things from their perspective. The author talks on some concepts like how you can be less direct and more polite in the way a person can put across their views to other people. It also states that you should appreciate every little accomplishment and progress in another person’s life, among other things.

Read it For:
Seeking a way out to make friends in a way that seems pleasant to the other person than yourself and thereby giving more respect to the other person in front of you. This requires listening and paying more attention to what they’re saying instead of your own views.
Don't Read it For:
If you’re not a people pleaser and don’t want to give anyone else the upper hand in the conversation, then you shouldn’t try this book because it speaks mainly on how you can gain friends by letting them get their way.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book stands out because it is highly ahead of its time. People didn’t approach things the way the author has conveyed the message across. This makes it one of the best self-help books to date.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The author explains how to change your life by changing your perspective first. A habit is something that is done on a regular basis. Hence a change in habit can alter a change in the way we live our lives. He states that the 7 habits in his book are the ones followed by successful people and if you want to succeed too you must follow these habits after changing your perspective of life.

Read it For:
Seeking a change in life if your current path is showing any promising rewards. You want to change your current life habits and make something useful and successful of your current days.
Don't Read it For:
If you’re facing problems which don’t relate to this book then it’s not for you. This book helps people who need to look at life from a different perspective which can provide for a big life change somehow.
What makes this book stand out?:
Covey has put up a detailed description for a complete follow up to the 7 habits and it’s perfect for people who are confused in their life direction and purpose.

The Power Of Positive Thinking

The best seller by Norman Vincent Peale is a simple novel guide to living your life successfully and happily. You have the control of your life simply by your thoughts and mindset. Change that and your whole life will change. Reduce worrying and control your thought process and you can work your way up from there.

Read it For:
Changing simple habits of life and see the effect it has on your life. Just a simple change from the positive to the negative can have a major positive impact on your life.
Don't Read it For:
Although the book is a bestseller, Peale was criticized for not being a mental expert. Beyond that there aren’t many reasons to not read it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a very simple book with very slight sophistication with the ideology of positive thinking.

The Secret

The Secret is an amazing bestselling self-help book which works on the law of attraction. Like attracts like. What you give out is what you receive from the universe. Your thoughts are very powerful and just by manifesting negative or positive thoughts you manifest such events in your life. Positive thoughts bring progress and negative thoughts bring problems.

Read it For:
Learning how to control the positive or negative flow in your mind and thereby control the amount of positive and negative energy that enters your life. The book is quoted by many renowned people like Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield etc.
Don't Read it For:
There aren’t any strong reasons not to read this book. It teaches you every aspect of life you ever needed to learn about.
What makes this book stand out?:
The readers can relate with the book in every sense.
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Chicken Soup For The Soul

The Chicken Soup books are an amazing collection of real life incidents and tales of everyday people who have gone through some life changing events. The compilation of stories varies based on the message each book has to give.

Read it For:
The stories and the message each story gives the reader. It really is amazing and you can draw genuine emotion and inspiration from some of the stories in this series.
Don't Read it For:
This book is only a collection of stories that motivate and inspire. There is no in-depth explanation as to how you can restructure your life.
What makes this book stand out?:
The stories in the books are truly heartwarming and restore your faith in life after reading what all those people have been through and still stood strong.

The Four Agreements

This book tells readers that we have been taught to follow assumptions and traditions from childhood that weren’t chosen by us and that is governing the way we’re living.

Read it For:
A clear realization on how your life has been out of control so far and how you can change it.
Don't Read it For:
The book seeks you to chase character perfection which is not possible in today’s world. You might find the ideals too hard to follow into your own life.
What makes this book stand out?:
It gives a new approach where we realize that the way we have been living is the way we were taught, not what we chose ourselves and that can change.

You Can Heal Your Life

Louise Ray tells people in this book that the mental stability of a person is very important and controls every other aspect of a person’s life. The health of the mind controls the health of the body, our relationships and the things that come into our life. The book shows readers how a lack of loving oneself causes insecurities and thereby a sense of inferiority in oneself.

Read it For:
Curbing your insecurities in your mind and curing your mental distress if you have any.
Don't Read it For:
Reading this book, don’t expect something new. It is a simple self-help book which teaches the same concepts.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book was written quite early for its time because there was yet to be a person who accomplished such a literary feat.

Psycho Cybernetics

This book is written by a plastic surgeon who turned into an author. He explains how to apply cybernetics to mankind and live life in a more productive way hence it is called psycho-cybernetics.

Read it For:
Changing your approach to your problems in a more efficient way.
Don't Read it For:
This book doesn’t have many reasons not to read it either. I don’t recommend it to people who don’t want to solve the practice exercises in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a detailed introspection into what makes a person behave as they do and how to change that idea of yourself.

The Success Principles- How To get From Where You are to where you want To Be

An amazing book by Jack Canfield, it explains success and how by changing simple things in your life, you can achieve your goals from where you are today. He makes his ideas to the readers very simple and forward to understand.

Read it For:
Taking the message seriously and it actually will help you get where you want to be in life. Simple ideas put forth and if they’re followed, can have life altering effects.
Don't Read it For:
The book requires some elaboration on its principles for people who may not understand it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It stands out as it is very understandable and requires minimum effort to put it across.

The Science OF getting Rich

According to the writer, you can live up to your full potential only when you have financial freedom and prosperity. A rich person is one who has what he wants and can simultaneously live his life in gaining so. You can gain rich by changing your thought process.

Read it For:
Figuring out why you are not having the financial prosperity you seek and how to achieve it.
Don't Read it For:
This book is more into the financial aspect and applies the philosophies into a practical form. It seeks to provide a sort of financial self-help by changing your thought process.
What makes this book stand out?:
It accepts facts that financial prosperity is needed to achieve your goals, desires and fulfil your needs.

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