If you are just dipping your toe into the self-help genre, I've listed some of my favorites below. Bonus: If you don’t have time to sit down with a physical book, you can find them for free and with no waiting list through the Library’s streaming service, Hoopla. All you need is your Library card and pin number to start listening!
No fewer than 7 of the most successful women I know have told me: “You MUST read this book right now.” Ok then. I recently finished it, and I don’t think I have cried so much in my car since high school. Rachel Hollis serves up some tough love that will break your heart and make you want to sign up for a marathon at the same time. Each chapter is centered around a common “lie” that many women tell themselves. She dives into motherhood, relationships, career, and much more. I found it helpful to stop between chapters to let the message sink in and sometimes just to gain my composure; good grief!
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This book was so popular that the author promptly wrote a follow-up (You Are a Badass at Making Money). I prefer the original. Jen Sincero is admittedly the first self-help guru to use bad words and tawdry examples to drive home historically warm-fuzzy messages. Somehow, it makes it all feel cooler and more relatable. The theme of this book is simple and profound: Love Yourself. I re-read it anytime I need a reminder.
Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff
This is the one I’m most embarrassed about because it sounds so cheesy, but I’ve been reading it for years. It got me through a painful time in my life, and I’ve kept it close ever since. After a successful career writing Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul books, Marci Shimoff shares the stories she’s gathered from people who have found happiness amidst horrific life conditions. Her message is simple: happy comes from the inside, which means it is available regardless of what life throws your way.
Wein, Harrison. “Positive Emotions and Your Health: Developing a Brighter Outlook." NIH News in Health (2015): 1-2.