8 Help-Yourself Books You’ll Actually Enjoy

It’s the time of year that everyone—everything—changes.

A new school year is in session, the sweaters come out, and the leaves come off. What better time to embrace the possibility of change in you? Here are eight great selections worth a read.


books-help-yourself-How-the-World-Sees-YouHow the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination
Sally Hogshead

If you’ve ever struggled with the “describe yourself” question in an interview, or if you’ve ever been asked for that dreaded “elevator pitch,” this is the book that will help you figure it out.


books-help-yourself-Artist-to-ArtistEric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Emory Christer

Moms are always looking for ways to sneak in lessons in inspiration—and this book, in which recognizable artists talk about their passion, is a great way for kids to connect with their dreams.


books-help-yourself-Creativity-IncCreativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Even creative types get stuck for inspiration. For some, there is nothing more paralyzing than a good old-fashioned case of writer’s block. This book offers valuable lessons about creativity and its spark from the folks at Pixar.


books-help-yourself-Dont-Sweat-the-Small-StuffDon’t Sweat the Small Stuff (and It’s All Small Stuff)
Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Sometimes the easiest and most honest bits of wisdom are right in front of you. Whether it’s the “Don’t Sweat” series or a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book, read what is right for you.


books-help-yourself-Good-Manners-for-Nice-PeopleGood Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck
Amy Alkon

Clearly, this author has been spending too much time listening in on my front porch. And she has a few ideas on how we can re-establish etiquette in the age of smartphones and selfies.



books-help-yourself-EssentialismEssentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Greg McKeown

We all know that person—the one that is so busy but never seems to get anything done. If it’s you, this is your read. Here is where you learn to say it with gusto: “no.”



books-help-yourself-I-Thought-It-Was-Just-MeI Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
Brene Brown

If you read “Daring Greatly,” you should really go back and visit some of Brown’s earlier work, which is equally powerful. There’s freedom found in self-acceptance—a tough concept when we are often our own harshest critics.


books-help-yourself-The-Missing-PieceThe Missing Piece
Shel Silverstein

A great book to read with your kids, not at your kids. We’re all searching for something to complete us. Who says you can’t learn a thing or two about self-esteem from a kids’ book?