The best books for self care and motivation

The Books I Picked & Why

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Why this book?

Of all of Brene’s books, I found this one to be the most inspired, the most “yes, I have to do this thing I’ve been wanting to do”. Rising Strong is a necessary follow-up, and Daring Greatly is her best. It’s not the critic who counts...


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The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

By Shawn Achor.

The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

Why this book?

When you have happiness as a baseline, life is just better. Shawn takes you through the academics of happiness, and all the research. Like Brene, Shawn is Texan, and they are both gifted storytellers. Easy, fun read. By an academic for regular folk, this book is full of useful information and exercises to make your life better.


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Untamed

By Glennon Doyle

Untamed

Why this book?

Glennon can write. There are so many ideas in this book you just want to underline for self-care. She’s an artist with a sentence. She’s also evolved from someone with a serious drinking / casual sex problem to a mother in a loveless marriage to a man, to Abby Wombach’s wife. Who wouldn’t want to read that story?


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Man’s Search For Meaning

By Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search For Meaning

Why this book?

It’s the original self-help book. Frankl chronicles what gave men a sense of hope and purpose while in concentration camps during World War Two. It is a first eye account of what made some hurl themselves into an electric fence, while others gave away their last piece of bread. Magical.


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Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal

By Rachel Naomi Remen

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal

Why this book?

Remen is a doctor and gifted storyteller. She shares insight into what truly heals, through these magical-yet-true vignettes. Spoiler alert: love and connection. Yes, there are times we desperately need modern medicine and other times when we desperately need our hands to be held.


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