Best Self-Help Books to Check out this 2021

It can never hurt to have a little guidance from professionals who make their advice accessible via the all-empowering self-help book. 

Whether you are looking for a self-help book that will improve your financial intelligence, your emotional well-being, your creative brain, or your self-care strategies, there are some fantastic options of self-help books that can help to guide you in the necessary direction. 

Of course, advice from a mental health professional, such as those at MyTherapist, can be a great route to take when it is needed, but coupling your professional help with self-help books can additionally boost your self-awareness and promote personal growth. While those experiencing a mental health illness may be more inclined toward therapy, it is possible for anyone to benefit from therapy or self-improvement in general.

Top 13 Self-Help Books to Read This Year

2021 may create some new lessons and pieces of advice unique to the year. As the year goes on, consider checking out some newer books that are being released. Read on for a mix of new and classic self-help books that may help you tackle 2021.

A mixture of new revelations and oldies but goodies, this list covers a wide range of self-help favorites.

  1. Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb: As a therapist herself, Gottlieb writes about her time in therapy, her personal and professional struggles, and the stories of those in the thick of it all. 
  1. That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Ameture, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby by Annie F. Downs: Who would have guessed that a self-help book actually prioritizes having fun? Well, that is exactly what Downs is all about; she emphasizes embracing good energy and granting yourself permission to enjoy life.
  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: This is not a new addition to any self-help book list, but it has still earned its place on the shelf. With this one, Dr. Peale encourages readers to follow their passions and ambitions.
  1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert: Perhaps you’ve read (or seen the movie adaptation) Eat Pray Love. This author is back at it with another fantastic tale that focuses on her life as a creative human. This book is designed to help the reader feel creatively liberated and guiding them toward cultivating curiosity and taking care of ideas. 
  1. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by Dr. BJ Fogg: This book is arguably a template for how changing your day-to-day tendencies can result in changing your life. The concept of tiny habits is an accessible way to make the life changes you’ve always wanted, without any of the intimidation that can accompany self-improvement theories.
  1. Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams by David Bach: A crowd favorite, this one is not only good for women readers, but for anyone. With the step-by-step tutorial, this book serves as a positive reinforcement of how to make the most of what you have.
  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson: While the viewpoints in this book might seem opposed to some of the other viewpoints on this list, that’s what makes this choice stand out. Manson provides a very realistic, raw, and enticing perspective on embracing the grittiness of life and how to come out on top. This book broke genre barriers and entered the mainstream due to its casual bluntness and trendy advice.
  1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle: In this memoir, Doyle provides a very honest account and somewhat cautionary tale of what her life looked like when she was not embracing her truth, versus when she decided to put herself and her desires first. Despite the challenges presented in her decision to become untamed, Doyle shares her experience of what it is like to live life to the fullest in romantic relationships, during family life, and in interactions with our fellow humans.
  1. Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell: In this book, the successful author and human behavioral specialist, Gladwell, is back at it again with some hard-hitting observations. Talking To Strangers evaluates the ways in which we handle interactions with strangers, and why we react in the ways that we do.
  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki: This book, which doubles as a memoir and financial literacy guide, is not new by any means, but its advice seems to stay consistent throughout the years, making it a top choice for anyone looking to expand their financial intelligence.   
  1. You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: While encouraging self-reflection, self-love, and inspiration for change, Sincero delivers witty and humorous guidelines for self-actualization.
  1. I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver: If you need to recoup and reflect, this book is for you. Shriver gently shares her thoughts, prayers, and meditations in a way that is designed to be both inspiring and a breath of relief.
  1. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: The oldest book on the list, this one is a self-help classic. Carnegie writes about how to maximize your relationship with others and climb the ladder of success.
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