I am a real sucker for self-help books. It started at the age of 17 when I bought my first self-help book from a charity shop - How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.
As we know they are hundreds of self-help books promising to change our lives for the better and to live the dream provided we act on their recommendations.
I have read and listened to a number of audio books on this subject, yet I am not getting most out of life and not living my dream! I think this is because I do not act on their recommendations consistently. I just moved on to the next self-help book!
These books have had some positive influence in my life, though they have not changed my life significantly.
Through these books I know how better to cope with whatever life throws at me. It does not mean I do not feel depressed and lonely at times. It means I can better handle problems and accept them.
One thing I think about a lot has the impact of these self-help books made me a different person? I am not sure.
The last book I listened to was the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Thanks Flash for recommending this book. I wish I had read this book years ago. One of the key points of the book that struck with me is a person’s happiness is based on their relationship with people. People need people. The closer your relationship with people that matter in your life the happier you are. On reflection, this is so true. I did not even think about this before listening to this book.
Do you think self-help books are a load of garbage or are a positive influence? I would love to read your views.