We all want to be happy, right? Of course there are many factors, and no one is always happy. But what we feed our minds with makes a huge difference in how we look at life and how we feel.
You know the saying “Garbage in, garbage out?” Well, if we are filling our heads with tragedy, violence, and drama, we can’t expect it to stay fully contained in one part of our brains. Lots of people like to think they are immune to this phenomenon, but the truth is, your thoughts affect every cell in your body.
What we take in, even just for entertainment, really does matter. So if you want to be happier, try filling up on all things positive and inspiring. What have you got to lose? 😉
Here are a few of my favorite books for a happier life. Check out my list and then tell me yours in the comments.
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I read this when I was 27 and I wish I would have had it sooner. In fact, I recently bought it to read with my 13 year old. Before this book, it had literally never occurred to me that I had control over my thoughts! When you get mastery over the words in your head, you whole life changes. #truestory
This was probably the second or third personal growth book I ever read, and I do believe it changed the way I looked at everything! I learned how to do what I now know is called a “reframe”. People pay coaches like me to help them reframe, if you learn how to do it yourself, you’ll have a great head start. 😜
Beating myself up over my mistakes and shortcomings used to really rob me of my joy. In this book, John Maxwell shares how to look at failure as a necessary part of success. Another great one for reframing how you look at life. 😉 BTW, you really can’t go wrong with any John Maxwell book.
Over a million copies sold, so chances are you’ve heard of it! 😆 But how could I not mention it on my books for a happier life list? Shame is basically the enemy of being happy, and Brené Brown’s work is all about leaving the shame behind, embracing vulnerability, and living our truth. Once again, you can’t go wrong with any of her books.
Sometimes when we aren’t very happy, we get a scarcity mindset. We may feel like we have to accumulate more or say yes to everything to try and fill the void. The result is we end up scattered, stressed, over scheduled, and possibly in debt up to our eyeballs. Greg McKeown does a fantastic job of explaining why less is actually more and how essentialism can lead to a more fulfilling life.
Sometimes happiness isn’t as easy as just changing our mindset. Depression is a sign that something is off in the body, but unfortunately most people never find the root cause of their illness. With her science-based, holistic approach, Dr. Brogan is working to change that. If you or someone you love is dealing with depression or anxiety, it’s a must read.
#7 The Bible
Last but not least, right? This is the first thing I want to put in my head when I wake up in the morning, and my days always go smoother when I do. Try it instead of the morning social media scroll which totally highjacks the brain and sets us up for a blah day. Hey, y’all, I’m not giving you an Amazon link for the Word of God. You can read it for free online here, in pretty much any language. Cool, huh? 😇
I hope you find this book list as life changing as I did! What one do you want to read the most? Don’t forget to share your picks in the comments.
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