The 3 Self-Help Books That Will Increase Your Happiness

If you already know me, then you know I am a personal development junkie. Obviously, my job is in the field of personal development coaching, however, before I became a coach, I was just starting out my own journey a little over a year ago. I’ve read a lot of self-help books, but if I could recommend only three to anyone who’s just beginning their journey, these would be the three to read.


Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life 

By Dr. Judith Orloff

Emotional Freedom had a tremendous impact on my life.

At this point, I had never read a self-help book that wasn’t a memoir or a series of essays. This was a how-to on freeing yourself of all the negativity in your life. As soon as I read it, I knew this was the book I needed. At the time, I was living with a friend who was hardcore draining me emotionally. I figured if Emotional Freedom could help me with at least one thing, it would be how to remain positive when other people are deliberately trying to pull me into a negative head space.

Emotional Freedom greatly exceeded my expectations.

You’ll learn your emotional personality type, how to deal with other people’s emotional personality types, eye-opening exercises to help you release negative emotions, and how to tap into your subconscious in order to understand yourself better. The the rest of the book provides the tools to “emotional liberation,” with each “transformation” (anger, loneliness, anxiety, etc.) getting its own chapter.

I still turn to this book whenever I’m struggling with a particular area in my life. Even if Dr. Judith Orloff isn’t “your jam” as an energy psychiatrist (she can be a bit woo-woo at times), it’s still a great book to have on hand with all of the exercises you can put into action in order to relieve yourself of negativity fast.


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are 

By Brene Brown

If you don’t already know who Brene Brown is, all you need to know is that she is an angel on Earth. Brene is an author and professor who specializes in shame.

The Gifts of Imperfection is all about finding the beauty in and appreciation for the life you currently live, and how to “cultivate courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough.”

This book lives up to its name. While I was reading it back in early 2017, I developed so much gratitude for my life, and through some of the exercises, I crafted my dream life (believe it or not, the one that I’m living now). The Gifts of Imperfection truly taught me the power of imperfections, how we all have them, and how they make us unique. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s struggling with fulfillment and joy in their present lives.


You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By: Jen Sincero

I bought You Are a Badass for my mom’s birthday back in January of this year. She added it to her wish list on Amazon, and I was so excited that she was curious about personal development that I bought it for her.

This book surprised me, though. At first, it seemed like an introduction to self-help, so of course, after having read tons of books at this point, I didn’t think I needed it. I gave it a chance anyway, and started reading it one day while visiting my mom. I resonated with it so much, I asked my mom if I could borrow it!

What I loved about this book was Jen Sincero’s take on personal development. She is so aware of how woo-woo so much of this stuff spiritual personal development stuff can be, it’s so refreshing to see her laughing about it along with you. Jen also doesn’t put herself on a pedestal like some of these other self-help authors do. I feel like I could have a fun conversation with Jen. She’s both a teacher and a friend.

I’m also a big believer that the best teachers are the ones who were right where you are once. Jen is the epitome of a student of personal development. She went from rock bottom broke and unhappy to rich, living her life’s purpose, and sharing her gift with others so that they can become successful, too. You can actually feel her pain when she discusses her past struggles. I couldn’t recommend this book more to anyone who wants to grow both financially and spiritually.


Have you read one or all of these books? What are your favorite self-help/personal development books?


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