Self-help books are enjoying a renaissance, leaving the dated platitudes of the past far behind with wit, intelligence, and genuinely good guidance. The new generation of lifestyle guides are sharp, engaging, and confront the full-range of challenges faced by women in 2016. We’ve pulled together a list of the very best, covering everything from body image to business.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
In her new book, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein encourages you to let go of the oppressive need for control and embrace freedom and uncertainty in your career and wider life. This shift from fear to faith is about taking power back from a world that makes you feel powerless.
Pivot by Jenny Blake
A former career development manager at Google, Jenny Blake has a uniquely qualified perspective on 21st Century employment. Blake believes the age of careers as linear, predictable ladders is long gone and encourages you to embrace a modern, fluid trajectory, regardless of where you are in your life. A practical, innovative guide.
Reinvention Roadmap by Liz Ryan
Another career-focused tome, Ryan wants readers to treat their careers as if they were running a business – which means understanding your marketable talents, knowing your value, and rewriting the rules to forge your own path. Learn vital tools, such as “Pain Letter” and “Human-Voiced Resume”, to land you the job that takes you to where you want to be.
The Gig Economy by Diane Mulcahy
With the recent debate surrounding employment rights for Uber drivers and rocketing levels of self-employment, 'Gig Economy' has been one of the buzz phrases of 2016. This book, which includes research, exercises and interviews, teaches how to capitalise on the more flexible nature of modern employment to build your own financial security.
Compassion Cards by Pema Chodron’s
Lojong is a mind training practice dating back to a 12th Century Tibetan Buddhist tradition, with the aim of refining and purifying a person’s motivations and attitudes. Together, these fifty-nine cards represent the full set of lojong teachings in simple aphorisms, revealing a world of ancient wisdom to help you live wisely and effectively in good times and bad.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
It’s easy to see why this book flew to the top of the charts as soon as it was released. Pioneering psychologist Duckworth draws on a personal history of having her intelligence belittled by her scientist father, to show you success does not come from a spark of genius, but is generated through real persistence and practice.
The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck by Sarah Knight
Described by Vogue as “self-help with an edge”, this book teaches how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations and guilt, in order to direct your care and energy towards people and things that make you happy. Knight applies her ‘Not Sorry Method’ to everything from body image to family dramas, so you can rediscover the freedom of putting yourself first.
Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott
A sure-fire way to doom an effort to reinvigorate your life is by trying to make too many changes at once. Scott knows the feeling, which is why he’s developed the system of ‘Habit Stacking’, allowing you to build up a host of tiny life improvements into one easy-to-follow routine. It’s as simple as ticking off a checklist.
You Are A Badass by Jen Sicero
Sicero’s witty and engaging guide is divided into 27 bite-sized chapters, making it a digestible read for your morning commute. Filled with hilarious anecdotes, inspiring advice and easy-to-action exercises, making positive changes has never been so much fun.
Happy by Derren Brown
Brown steps away from illusionism to ask some fundamental questions about what happiness should mean to us. What is it? How do you even know when you feel it? This work draws on philosophy across a thousand years to critique common self-help fixes and show how they can, in practice, lead to more anxiety.