5 books that’ll change your life

Self-help books have always been given a bad rep, but they may offer more benefits than you realize. For business “freaks”, newbie hippies and those that live in the center of their comfort zone, there’s something on the shelves for everyone.

Here are five books that’ll push your life in a better direction:

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

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Photo by Alexis Paige

Life is too short to live it trying to impress people you don’t like, caring about people who don’t care about you and doing things you don’t want to do. A spin off of the cult following book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, nothing is held back in this wake up call to live your own life.

Through sarcasm, bluntness and lots of swearing, you’ll notice just how much many f*cks you actually give (most likely too much). But more importantly, you’ll learn how to not care. Live a life where the only person you need to impress is yourself – the way it should be.

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl by Sherry Argov

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Photo by Alexis Paige

There comes a time in every girl’s life where she feels like she could be getting more out her relationships. Whether they are romantic or platonic, it’s not unusual to get in a rut or to get too comfortable, leading to some unexpected issues. This book helps readers find their inner “bitch”. No, this isn’t the “nagging-no-one-wants-to-be-around-her bitch”; this is a “Babe-In-Total-Control-Of-Herself”.

With the voice of that badass aunt who still smokes cigarettes and sits on her porch chatting about the life she’s seen, this book breaks down straight forward “attraction principles” that offer an understanding of how guys think and how you can avoid getting walked all over. There’s an emphasis on finding self-confidence and learning how to be secure in yourself. It’s a great read if you need a little reassurance that it’s okay to voice your opinion and not get lost in your significant other, or even your friends.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Don’t live a boring life. That doesn’t mean you have to go hike around the world or invent the next iPhone, just live beyond fear. But living beyond fear doesn’t mean without fear either. Yes, that might sound a little all over the place, but Elizabeth Gilbert explains it much better.

The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” shares how to live a creative life, you won’t open an Etsy shop with your mindblowing designs afterwards, but you will step out of your comfort zone throwing anxiety out the window. Filled with a new found confidence to take on a new venture, no matter the size, challenge, or comparison to others.

The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World by Emma Mildon

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Spirituality is increasing in popularity every day now, but to many it is still a mystery. However, sources and material on what exactly spirituality is are more available. Emma Mildon’s handbook spells out the basics of spirituality in today’s world in an easy-to-follow, fun and intriguing way. It encourages the exploration of spirituality practices from yoga to chakras and ranks them on the “woo-woo” scale because, let’s be real, some of it can seem pretty out there.

This book is a great and honest read for anyone looking to find a way to implement good vibes into their lives and live positively. It offers you an understanding of what spirituality means in a general sense so that you can better personalize it to your needs. It teaches you how to take charge of your soul’s well being and lead the life you want to live. And, even if spirituality isn’t your thing, it offers a new perspective on life and will most definitely open your eyes to a whole new world.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

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It’s no surprise that the creator of the hit shows, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”, wrote one of the most entertaining books currently on shelves. Rhimes is not nearly as neurotic as her characters, but her crazy busy life allows readers to put things in perspective and recognize that anyone can find the time to say “yes”, if they will it.

However, the book is less “do this, do that and see results”. Rhimes is the personal example that you see in most self-help books to make the lesson more relatable. She breaks down different aspects of her life and then brings it back to her main point – how sometimes you need to scare yourself and say “yes”, all while recognizing you can’t do it all. (Major bonus: It’s easy to read it as though the author is Meredith Grey or Olivia Pope! Super cool.) It’s a complicated balance that Rhimes addresses perfectly and gives college students, specifically, an insider look at what it’s like to have “made it”.

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