Self-help, happiness, and fixing negative thinking patterns is a big business these days. Chances are you have spent time in the self-help aisle of your bookstore; researched a perfect pill for your symptoms; or a professional who will help you finally achieve that blissful life you’ve been seeking. The problem is that many of your thoughts and behaviors have been hardwired in your brain for years, so it takes both a biological and environmental change in order to get the happy results you desire.
You may be on a health crusade, taking your supplements and eating right, but just cant seem to make the happiness stick or the ruminating low self-esteem thoughts go away. Brain chemistry is part of the solution, but so is challenging your thoughts and changing them. Some books are written with the purpose of making us happier- literal handbooks- those that inspire us to take initiative to make our lives as bright as they can be and start to think in a new, happier way. Here are some that have been life-changers for clients and that can help you get the happiness you are seeking.
This book is a godsend. Burns gives strategies to handle difficult people, communicate with confidence, and overcome debilitating anxiety and depression with time-tested tools. You can open any page and find a tool that will make you feel better and more motivated. Not to mention, the techniques really work!
Happiness NOW! is a powerful and innovative read on finding happiness in everyday life. Each page is enriching and helps readers with self-acceptance, relationships, inner success and happiness. Using a highly creative mix of research, wisdom, stories, exercises, meditations, poetry and prayer. Author Robert Holden, Ph.D., is the Director of The Happiness Project and Success Intelligence. His work on happiness and success has been featured on Oprah and in two major BBC-TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown in 16 countries to more than 30 million television viewers.
Ready for a shift? Gifts of Imperfection is a guide to wholehearted living, which she defines as containing courage, compassion, deliberate boundaries, and connection build self-esteem. She has defined 10 guideposts for personal introspection, which involve cultivating some positive quality, whether it be authenticity, self-compassion, or a resilient spirit, intuition, meaningful work, or laughter. Each guidepost is the focus of a chapter that contains illustrative stories, primarily from her own life; and definitions, including the difference between shame and guilt. It is a must have for developing strong self-esteem.
Danielle LaPorte is the bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms and an entrepreneur, social media sensation, and inspirational speaker. With The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte brings you a holistic life-planning tool that will revolutionize the way you go after, and feel, about your dreams and desires. She helps you create goals with soul. “Core desired feelings” in every life domain: livelihood and lifestyle, body and wellness, creativity and learning, relationships and society, and essence and spirituality are covered. It also includes self-assessment quizzes, worksheets, and tools for creating the life you truly want and the feelings of confidence you have desired.
No matter how you are finding happiness, make sure to keep the balance between biological changes (supplements, medicaitons that are perscribed, and a healthy diet) along with tools and interventions like these happiness handbooks to make a change that will last a lifetime.
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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