Although there are still about three months to go until we celebrate the beginning of a new year, I think it’s never too late or too early for some good resolutions or a few changes. And because autumn is eventually creeping up on us and the days are starting to get shorter and greyer, I feel like every other afternoon is dominated by a miserable mood and/or boredom. But not much longer: these five books will not only lighten up your day but also broaden your horizons. In addition to that, I am sure that at least one of these contains some helpful advice suited for your life situation. All of these really did make me take on life with more ease.
#1 The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
By Mark Manson
As the title of this book suggests, it’s not necessarily suited for sensitive characters. Mark Manson tries to explain to his readers (in a harsh but very entertaining tone) that it is everything but easy to not give a f*ck about literally anything. For actual happiness and inner peace it is much more important to carefully select the f*cks you want to give. So instead of this book being about becoming a cold-hearted, emotionless prick, Manson tries to help us work on our self-doubts and get out of our personal emotional hell. He does this by telling interesting tales, giving easily understandable explanations and hard facts that we are all overdue to hear.
#2 You are a Badass
By Jen Sincero
Are you feeling low? Having a bad day? Feeling insecure? Well, this book is the perfect confidence boost – something we all need from time to time. Every single story Sincero tells is super relatable and that is exactly what makes it almost impossible to put this book down. And once you‘ve finished it, I‘ll assure you you’ll feel butterflies in your tummy. Not because you think about your crush but because of excitement – and maybe a little crush – but on yourself. This book makes you feel great and thanks to Jen Sincero’s tips and tricks, one can finally realize that, with the right mindset, we are capable of doing anything!
By Sophia Amoruso
You may have heard of the Netlix series ‘Girlboss’ and yes, you guessed right, the series is based on this book and I think both are worth taking a look at. Sophia Amoruso is a great role-model and tells her incredible story in this book: she managed to turn her hobby into a successful business and transformed her eBay shop into a great and popular fashion empire with a focus on authentic vintage clothing. Her development and personal growth is very inspiring, especially for girls and women that struggle with self-confidence or taking control of their own happiness and success.
#4 Thinking Fast and Slow
By Daniel Kahnemann
This book offers a mindblowing insight into human psychology. But don‘t freak – if you are expecting loads of shop talk, you are wrong. And yes, I have to admit I was surprised as well. Although Daniel Kahnemann is a renowned scientist and Nobel Prize winner, he explains in a refreshingly easy to follow and even funny way what he means by thinking fast and slow and gives you an understanding of how the two kinds of minds work. Kahnemann deals with a lot of interesting questions, such as: on what basis do people judge others and certain situations? How do we make decisions? And why do we hesitate sometimes? One thing is certain: you shouldn’t hesitate to read this book.
#5 Your own journal
By no one else but you
A self-written journal may well be one of the best book you‘ll ever read. It might sound a bit silly or cheesy, but this book is the perfect match for you. Whatever obstacles or doubts you are dealing with, your journal documents them all and is therefore probably the best self-help or guidance book you‘ll ever own. What could you learn from best if not your own mistakes and experiences? On top of that, a journal will help you remember important events and the highlights of your life. Get as creative as you want in documenting those! So: get a notebook and a pen and write your story.
Laura was listening to “Fool For You” by Snoh Aelegra.