Happiness is something everyone strives for but can oftentimes be hard to truly find in your everyday life. If you’re currently trying to find your happy and improve your life in the long run, you’ll love these 12 inspirational books about healing and living your best life.
1. Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What’s Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want by Katherine Wintsch
CEO and mother Katherine Wintsch is no stranger to the ups and downs of motherhood and the ways it can upset your happiness and goals. Having studied motherhood and its expectations for years through her company The Mom Complex, Wintsch uses her findings to provide mothers with new ways to tackle life. With lessons about letting your guard down, letting unrealistic expectations go and the difference between struggling and suffering, Slay Like a Mother is a must-read for all the matriarchs out there.
2. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
For years, Glennon Doyle felt as if she was living her life for those around her. It wasn’t until a conference when she looked out into the audience and found love that she realized she needed to make a major change and begin living for herself. In Doyle’s latest memoir Untamed, she encourages women to break out of their molds and live life to the fullest. With details about her divorce and how she navigated her new blended family, she uses personal anecdotes to inspire others to love and forgive themselves.
3. Big Wild Love: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go by Jill Sherer Murray
Jill Sherer Murray knows how easy it is to feel stuck and hopeless in love. Having lived through her own dead-end relationship for most of her life, she understands just how powerful it can be to let go of the things that are bringing you down. In Big Wild Love, Murray combines her story, the stories of other women, statistics and exercises to get readers out of their comfort zones and pursue their own happily ever after.
4. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty
Social media guru and podcast host Jay Shetty found peace and purpose in his own life when he left his life behind to become a monk in India. After three years of practice, Shetty returned to London where he reconnected with friends who were letting their high-pressure jobs ruin their happiness. Armed with this new knowledge, he made it his goal to enlighten those around him using the techniques he learned from his time as a monk. Think Like a Monk offers readers the chance to overcome negativity and live a truly fulfilling life.
5. Finding Venerable Mother: A Daughter’s Spiritual Quest to Thailand by Cindy Rasicot
When Cindy Raiscot moved to Thailand with her husband and their son, she found it difficult to adjust. But then she met a Thai Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, who helped her find herself and begin her own spiritual journey. In this new inspiring memoir, Raiscot details her experience with the Buddhist teacher who changed her life and the spiritual healing that opened her mind to new love, forgiveness and faith.
6. Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson Ph.D
The New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson helps readers find the resilience they need to get through everyday life in Resilient. In our ever-changing world, it can be hard to anticipate the challenges you’ll come up against next. Armed with this knowledge, Hanson teaches readers how to develop 12 strengths to help you reduce your stress and lead a more balanced life despite everyday obstacles that may arise. Using a mix of neuroscience, positive psychology and mindfulness, Hanson brings readers into the light with this new self-help book.
7. break your glass slippers (you are your own fairy tale) by amanda lovelace
The first book in a new series, bestselling poet Amanda Lovelace writes a book full of intricate poetry that will help you love yourself and overcome those who have made you doubt your own confidence. This new collection of poetry inspires women to reclaim what’s theirs and break ties with the toxic relationships that are holding them back from true happiness.
8. The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
Forgiveness can be a tricky subject and in Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt’s new book, she tells stories of forgiveness with the hopes that they will encourage others to reflect on their own lives in a positive new light. Including stories from well-known people like Elizabeth Smart and Sue Klebold whose son was one of the Columbine shooters, The Gift of Forgiveness shows that even in the darkest of times, forgiveness and empathy are still possible.
9. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
When Layla Saad began the #meandwhitesupremacy Instagram challenge, she had no idea it would reach as many people as it did. Now on a mission to continue spreading her message of acceptance and kindness, she publishes her first book Me and White Supremacy. This new bestselling release includes history, touching stories and resources that ensures readers will walk away with a better idea of how they can make the world a better place and improve their own lives and happiness.
10. The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life by Jen Gotch
As the creator and CCO of a wildly successful business, Jen Gotch has always been forthcoming about her struggles with mental health and the everyday stressors that impact her happiness. In her debut publication, Gotch comes clean on the struggles she has seen throughout her life. From misdiagnosis to understanding the full extent of the things going on in her head, the entrepreneur gives readers a positive vision of what it’s like to live with mental illness and how embracing the chaos can change your life for the better.
11. Broth from the Cauldron: A Wisdom Journey through Everyday Magic by Cerridwen Fallingstar
Throughout her life, Cerridwen Fallingstar has gathered plenty of wisdom and is ready to share her anecdotes and personal beliefs with those feeling a bit lost in life. Telling the story of her life and her personal transformation to a spiritual being, Broth from the Cauldron details what it means to leave a world of denial behind and embrace a new kind of awareness. For anyone interested in personal growth, this new non-fiction book will show you the way to finding a better version of yourself.
12. We Hope This Reaches You in Time by r.h. Sin and Samantha King Holmes
Well-known and bestselling poet r.h. Sin returns in 2020 with an expanded version of his book We Hope This Reaches You in Time. Teaming up with fellow poet Samantha King Holmes, the two put their innermost feelings on the page to inspire readers to find meaning and hope in their lives. Instead of running from your fears and inadequacies, these poets encourage people to spend time with their fears and grow stronger because of them. This poetry collection is all about finding the strength to love yourself.