Self Help

Best Self Help Books – Part One

The best self-help books are not necessarily the best sellers but more often that not a huge amount of sales also means that there maybe some wisdom within the book that people have found helpful. Word of mouth in the self help books market is very important it’s not just a catchy title and cover that will win through buyers seeking wisdom from a book.

The popularity of the best self help books has always existed as long as we have had a written language their have been attempts by human being to record wisdom which previously may have only existed as an oral tradition. Old wives tales were rarely recorded by hand but spoken face to face between women in the belief that their knowledge could really help another women improve their lives. Even stories from the bible are a kind of collection of self helps case studies.

It is interesting that mid-30s America saw the birth of the self-help bestseller around that same time that self-help organisations like Alcoholic Anonymous were created. The rise in the popularity of self help books and self directed therapies continued to grow throughout the 20th century into the $10 billion industry it is in the US today.

Dale Carnegie published How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936 the year before the other famous best self help book Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Both books describe how using positive thoughts and actions can help you to attract happiness and wealth.

Since this time there have been hundreds of variations on the above two books, with differing emphasis on the mind, body or spirit. It is often difficult to know where to start but here I shall give you a brief summary of the top 10 books in each of the differing areas. I shall also include the top 10 self help works of fiction as often it is a story that can inspire us towards transforming our lives. Of course there are many other works that could be included but I am looking at best selling self help book classics with the assumption that these are definitely some of the best self help books here.

Top 5 for Mind

1. Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway (r) by Susan Jeffers

2. The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris and Steven Hayes

3. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated by David D. Burns

4. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey, Zach Kleiman, and Pete Carroll

5. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Top 5 for Spirituality

1. The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety by M. Scott Peck

2. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

3. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

4. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

5. Love Is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald G. Jampolsky and Hugh Prather

Top 5 for Wealth and Success

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

2. Goals : Setting And Achieving Them On Schedule by Zig Ziglar

3. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! by Anthony Robbins

4. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

5. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Bruce M. Patton, William L. Ury, and Roger Fisher

Top 5 for Body and Health

1. Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

2. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

3. The Relaxation Response by M.D. Herbert Benson and Miriam Z. Klipper

4. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

5. Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman and Mehmet Oz

Top 5 for Relationships

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

2. The Five Love Languages Gift Edition: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman

3. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

4. You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

5. Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood

Top 5 for Management and Organization

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

2. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

3. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies (Collins Business Essentials) by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman

4. Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

5. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard

Top 5 for Creativity

1. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

2. Mind Mapping: Kickstart Your Creativity and Transform Your Life (Buzan Bites) by Tony Buzan

3. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

4. Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere (and dancing with the Pits) by SARK

5. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

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