The use of one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others.
A self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers in solving personal problems. Self-help books typically advertise themselves as being able to increase self-awareness and performance, including satisfaction with one’s life. There is an astounding 417,000 and counting self-help results available on Amazon.com in the search for “self-help.” There are 50 top-selling books alone on anxiety and depression.
Self-help books have become such a big section in literature. People read self-help books for improving their relationships, honing their skills, fixing sleep patterns and much more. They have helped people find their passion in life. For many, some of these books have guided them to spirituality.
A New Genre?
To say that this is a new genre of books would be wrong. Self-help books have existed since writing itself. The earliest self-help book can be traced in Egypt. “Sebayt”, an instructional literature on life. During the 1800s people began searching for advice on weight-loss, parenting, marriage, etiquette. Periodicals published articles with titles like, “I Had Appendicitis and Cured it Myself” came into existence. Samuel Smiles’ Self-Help — a collection of inspirational stories about hard-working men rising through the ranks —appeared in 1859.
The Rage of Self Education
It’s in the last few decades that self-improvement has become such a big phenomenon. Many are calling the Self-help book genre as the best-selling genre of all time. This phenomenon has become a part of pop culture. Also indicating that a person is interested in self-education. But, there are so many books in these genres, not all of them are amazing. Maybe the first book you read is not quite enticing to you. So, do your research on what you want to read. Find possible good books in that category. Many of these books have activities, exercises, and challenges to do. It makes the reading more personal and interactive. That sometimes might be a little exhausting. Experimenting with different books in the same genre is also very helpful.
Here are some of the best-selling self-help books to kick off your journey
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who wants to travel in search of an extravagant treasure. The story of the treasures he finds on his journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the signs along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. He reveals a pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity–principles. These give us the security to adapt to change. It provides wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Tolle takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is one of the most timeless self-help books. Carnegie believed that most successes come from an ability to communicate effectively versus brilliant insights.
5. The Road Less Traveled by M Scott Peck
When a book opens with “Life is difficult”, you know it’s going to wake you up and provide you with some candid lessons. His timeless voice in The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new peace and fulfillment.
It is often said that life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Our aspiration to find a handbook will keep making us buy that might seem like one.
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