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8 Top Self Help Books (2023)

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Self help books are essential tools in our chest of self-care tools. Through them, we learn from others how to better care for ourselves and those around us.


Self help books are available on many different topics, such as nutrition, mental health, spiritual health, etc. However, their common thread is that they are designed to help you improve in some way.


If you’re looking for a good self help book, here is our list of eight top self help books of 2020.

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1. The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

To build good relationships with others, we must first show up for ourselves. In her new self-help book, Rachel Wilkerson Miller shows how to prioritize self-care and get honest about your own needs so you can make space in your life for others.


This book is a must-read for anyone looking to expand their social networks. It has practical tips on ending toxic relationships, making new friends, and investing time and energy into healthier relationships.


Find it on Amazon.

2. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty

Too few of us truly understand the power of positive thinking. In this self help book, Jay Shetty, host of the podcast On Purpose and a former monk, teaches us the lessons he’s learned on how to calm our anxious minds and live more peaceful lives.


Chapters include learning how to overcome negativity, overcome fear, why we are not our thoughts, and finding our purpose. Importantly, Shetty addresses how to quiet the anxious thoughts that keep many of us awake at night.


Find it on Amazon.

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3. Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo

Did you know that being unorganized at work can hinder your ability to get promoted? Marie Kondo, the New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, brings us a new book on how being organized at work can make us happier, more productive, and successful.


Filled with research and real-life stories, this self help book helps you get control over papers, emails, meetings, and tasks to be your professional best. Learn from Kondo how to overcome clutter and put yourself on a better future path.


Find it on Amazon.

4. Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen

If you’re consumed by negative thoughts that hold you back or constantly feel that you’re in a negative downward spiral, have hope. There is a way out.


Jennie Williamson has been there. In her new self help book, she shows you how she discovered a way back from the destructive negative thinking patterns. Williamson shares the escape plan that God has designed for you and gives practical advice for moving forward in your life.


Find it on Amazon.

5. The Mountain is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery by Brianna West

Why do we self-sabotage? Why do some of us take what is good in our lives and throw it away? This book explains how it starts, why it persists, and how we can use self help strategies to change it.


Using the mountain metaphor, Brianna West shows us how to dig down into the trenches of ourselves to unearth past hurts before our climb up the mountain. She gives us guidance for changing, which is always hard and instills hope for overcoming adversity.


Find it on Amazon.

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6. Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee

Award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee examines hustle culture to see how and when humans arrived at a place where productivity and output became valued above all else. It’s a negative way of living, Headlee concludes and takes us away from the peace-loving individuals we are intended to be.


Exploring the intersections of history, social science, and philosophy, Headlee challenges long-held assumptions about time and how we spend it and shows us a way back to a more peaceful way of living and being.


Find it on Amazon.

7. How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

The co-hosts of the By the Book podcast, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer did an experiment where they would read and live by the advice of 50 self help books and discuss the results on their show. What started as something they didn’t think they’d get much out of ended up inspiring them in unexpected ways.


In this book, the authors combine everything they learned and share what worked for them and what didn’t. Read along as they share some newfound joys and discover if what they learned will help you, too. Hint: it probably will!


Find it on Amazon.

8. Stop People Pleasing: How to Start Saying No, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Express Yourself by Chase Hill

Pushy in-laws? Demanding boss? If you’ve been saying yes to others without taking your own needs into account, this self help book is for you. Written to help those who struggle with standing up for themselves, this book teaches you how to get to the root of the people-pleasing problem and take steps to overcome it.


People-pleasing is a learned habit that can be broken. A 14-day action plan helps you achieve improvements in your life, and various exercises help you break the need to seek validation from others. While changes won’t happen overnight, there is hope, and this book is a great start.


Find it on Amazon.

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For Your Reading Pleasure

As you can see from the list above, mindfulness was a big theme in 2020 self help books. And who can’t use a little more peace in their lives?


Grab a copy today of any of these titles, make yourself a warm cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy. Taking time to relax and ponder new ways to take care of ourselves is vital to overall health and happiness.

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