When it comes to good advice, sometimes your family and friends are just too nice. If you want to make some major life changes or cut out the debris that’s dragging you down, then you really need someone to give it to you straight, no BS about it. Thankfully there are several self-help books that are all about tough love and telling it like it is. Scroll down for our picks of the top self-help books to read now.
If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, then you’ll love this hilarious parody. In the same way that Kondo recommends tidying your home to clear up your life, author Sarah Knight wants you to declutter your mind. This book is all about ridding yourself of the worry, with actionable, straight-up advice on how to care less about what other people think and spend more time, energy, and money on the things that really matter. It’s time to ditch all those unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt and start “giving your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy.” #sorrynotsorry
Being nice is good and all, but does it really get you what you want? Nice Is Just a Place in France doesn’t think so. This book is for the good girls who are ready to ditch the niceties for being powerful and badass instead. If you think only nice guys come last, think again—nice girls do too. This direct collection of advice shows you how to rule your universe, so prepare for some serious world domination, ladies.
Are you in your 20s and worried about how to make the leap from post-grad to functioning adult? Do you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing? Well, don’t stress, because it’s like Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse author Alida Nugent says: “What twentysomething does?” There are so many lessons in this hilarious book for how kidults can make the transition into grown-ups and “mature into a responsible adult that definitely never eats peanut butter straight from the jar and considers it a meal.”
When it comes to progress in life, work, and relationships, often we are our own worst enemy. Just like the title suggests, this book shows you how to get out of your own way and quit the self-defeating behaviors that are holding you back, from procrastination to common destructive attitudes like envy, obsession, anger, self-pity, compulsion, neediness, guilt, rebellion, and inaction. It’s time to get over yourself and move on.
We are emotional creatures by nature, but allowing our feelings to control our lives can be dangerous. The best part about F*ck Feelings, beyond the awesome title, is the father-daughter duo behind it. The dad, psychiatrist Michael Bennett, and his comedic writer daughter, Sarah Bennett, joined forces in this outrageously funny yet practical guide to taking control of your life, ditching your feelings, and making realistic goals. If you want a no-nonsense book with practical tips for managing life’s impossible problems, then this is for you.
If you’re finding it hard to implement mindfulness in your life because you’re addicted to your cell phone, don’t stress—you’re not alone. We are constantly told the benefits of meditation, but finding the time to disband from our connected lives can be challenging. This book won’t force you to take a digital detox; instead, it offers sensible exercises and practical tasks that can fuse your online world with a mindful one. If you can’t spend your weekend without being on social media (or just don’t want to), this book will help you have the best of both worlds.
If you’re one of the 70% of Americans who don’t enjoy their job, then you might want to pick up this book. Author John C. Parkin wants to empower you with one simple phrase: “F*ck it—do what you love.” Why is this important? Parker sets out to show that when you enjoy what you do, you’re happier, healthier, wealthier, and more successful. His book demonstrates how to turn your pessimism into inspiration, stop wasting your life, and finally take the plunge to do what your soul has been telling you to since the day you were born. It’s time to follow your purpose and realize your dreams.
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