10 Motivational Books to Change Your Life for the Better

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Dec 28, 2017
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Becoming the person we want to be is a life-long journey defined by endless learning, growth, and improvement. Take some time away from your busy schedule and get comfortable with one (or all) of these fantastic guides to a happier and more fulfilling life.

1. THE DOG'S GUIDE TO YOUR HAPPINESS: SEVEN SECRETS FOR A BETTER LIFE FROM MAN'S BEST FRIEND

BY: Garry McDaniel and Sharon Massen
SYNOPSIS: Want to know the secret to happiness? Take a look at your four-legged friend. Authors Garry McDaniel and Sharon Massen, both professors at Franklin University, say dogs can teach us what pure and authentic joy really is. This eye-opening guide helps us explore seven essential traits for happiness through the eyes of our trusted furry friends.

The Dog's Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from Man's Best Friend

2. THE BIG PICTURE: A GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE

BY: Christine B. Whelan
SYNOPSIS: The book is written for young people but holds great value for anyone looking for their place in life. Dr. Christine B. Whelan’s The Big Picture is a guide for anyone who would like to discover their talents and create a fulfilling career and life. This is one of the first books that presents research-based and tested material to help young people answer the question What am I going to do with my life? A great gift for any graduate or a guide for yourself.

The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life

3. UNSHAKEABLE: YOUR FINANCIAL FREEDOM PLAYBOOK

BY: Tony Robbins
SYNOPSIS: The man who has coached more than fifty million people from 100 countries teams up with the only man in history to be ranked the #1 financial advisor in the US for three consecutive years to take you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial freedom quicker than you ever thought possible.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

4. HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING

BY: Dale Carnagy
SYNOPSIS: More than six million people have learned how to embrace a worry-free future with Dale Carnegie's timeless advice. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living deals with fundamental emotions and life-changing ideas that you can implement today.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

5. THE FUTURE OF HAPPINESS: 5 MODERN STRATEGIES FOR BALANCING PRODUCTIVITY AND WELL-BEING IN THE DIGITAL ERA

BY: Amy Blankson
SYNOPSIS: Discover how to navigate the flood of apps and information online in a way that enhances your happiness. Amy Blankson, cofounder of the digital consulting firm GoodThink, reveals how to use your power of choice to scan for the positive and use technology as a sixth sense to better understand yourself and the world around you.

The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era

6. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING

BY: Susan Cain
SYNOPSIS: At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion, who favor working on their own over working in teams. Based on superb research, Cain passionately makes the case for introverts and has the power to change how we see them and how they see themselves. 

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

7. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK: ESCAPE 9-5, LIVE ANYWHERE, AND JOIN THE NEW RICH

BY: Timothy Ferriss
SYNOPSIS: Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or simply living the life you've always dreamed of, The 4-Hour Workweek gives you dozens of practical tips on how to work less and live more on your own terms. The updated version of this classic includes more than 100 pages filled with tips on how to reinvented yourself.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

8. THE ART OF HAPPINESS, 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION: A HANDBOOK FOR LIVING

BY: Dalai Llama
SYNOPSIS: Despite a lot of hardship, including the loss of his country, the Dalai Llama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward happiness. 10 years after its original release, The Art of Happiness remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology and teaches us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living

9. THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK: A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE

BY: Mark Manson
SYNOPSIS: Taking an entirely different approach than the previous titles, Manson makes the case that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. There are only so many things we can care strongly about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

10. THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING

BY: Marie Kondo
SYNOPSIS: With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
DAVID RUHM, EDITOR & WRITER
David has a passion for languages and words, and loves to see people happy. He writes about inspiring ideas, amazing technologies and all the wonders of the world.

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