For each one of us, the meaning of life is different. But we are all seeking answers so that we can find our own true meaning of life. Today’s fast-paced and highly competitive culture has spawned thousands of self-help books, each promising to be the key to living a happier and a more successful life.
With so much choice, it is easy for quality titles to get lost among the shelves. The following self-help books are some of the most influential self-help books of all time.
The Power of Habit looks at the psychological processes behind the habits that form our daily routines. It discusses how our daily habits become unconsciously engrained by our brains to free up processing power for more important tasks. This is why it is so hard to break habits like smoking. Duhigg breaks down each habit we form into three steps, which is called ‘The habit loop‘.
The three steps are the cue, the routine, and the reward. The Power of Habit gives the reader a road map to put the habit loop theory into practice and start consciously observing which routines are triggered by which cues, and the rewards for these routines. Establishing new habits is just a matter of consciously assigning a cue and reward to each routine you wish to establish.
Carnegie’s book defined how a generation of readers face the worry of controlling every aspect of their lives. Carnegie’s simple philosophies on how to handle worry in various aspects of our lives, such as decision-making and how we are perceived by others. It provides various stories, from all types of people, which show how they used these strategies to conquer worry and live a fulfilled life.
The Success principles are a culmination of tips, tricks, and skills. Canfield’s book covers 64 principles of success that cover a wide variety of subjects, such as love, finances, and interpersonal relationships. Throughout the book Canfield provides stories of famous celebrities and significant people from history who have used these principles to achieve greatness. With daily practice, these principles of success can fast track anyone to realizing their goals.
Murphy’s book on the subconscious mind shows just how much of our choices are made on autopilot. Murphy teaches his readers how the subconscious mind is the key to many aspects of life. Murphy uses scientific research to back his claims regarding the power of the subconscious. This scientific basis makes ‘The Power of Your Subconscious‘ a great choice for the rational skeptic.
How to win friends and influence people is the classic self-help book that everyone should read. This book will help you in learning to relate to and deal with others. The book focuses primarily on influence for business purposes. However, there are lessons to be learned and used in your personal life as well.
The Magic of Thinking Big was first published in 1959 and its philosophies on setting goals still hold true. The book’s most important philosophy is thinking highly of oneself. It preaches the importance of setting lofty goals and embracing the power of positive thought to achieve these goals. Another core concept is the power of visualization. Schwartz provides strategies for visualizing yourself achieving your goals and channeling that feeling for motivation. As these visualizations start manifesting themselves, the next step is to spread the good news. Broadcasting good news sends out gratitude to the universe and keeps the positive cycle flowing.