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Self Help Books

Here's why reading self-help books may make you feel worse

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

When you feel down, turning to self-help books might seem like a good solution. But new research suggests it probably won't leave you feeling a whole...

The Ultimate Happiness Variable

Michael Neill | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

This is why to me the "ultimate" happiness variable is not in changing the content of our thoughts but rather in increasing the level of our understanding. To tweak an old proverb, it's the difference between changing our feeling in the moment and changing our relationship to our feelings for a lifetime.

Did You Know Goals Are for Losers?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Maureen Anderson

Once upon a time I needed cover blurbs for a book. I got three. Good ones! And I learned so much about how things get done in the world.

How to Get Emotionally Fit

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
MeiMei Fox

In her new book Emotional Obesity, Laura Coe argues that our culture teaches us from a young age to "get over" our feelings. The result is that we end up carrying their excess weight around with us throughout our lives.

If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road -- And Would You Even Want To?

Allison Carmen | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Allison Carmen

As many of you know, my book The Gift of Maybe is being published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on November 4, 2014. What some of ...

Recovering From Your Expectation Hangover

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
MeiMei Fox

Labeled yourself an over-achiever? Defined yourself according to your accomplishments? And then been disappointed when life didn't go exactly according to plan?

When Philosophy Becomes Therapy

The Atlantic | Lauren Davis | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

Philosophy has earned a reputation as a complicated, inaccessible, and irrelevant pursuit, consigned mostly to old white men in wood-paneled offices. ...

The 3 Things Every College Graduate Should Know

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As many people exchange their well-worn student IDs for brand new alumni discount cards, they are being bombarded with information -- from credit card offers, to (hopefully) job offers, to advice from authority figures -- irrespective of their actual authority or right to dispense worldly wisdom.

7 Goals Self-Help Books Can Help You Achieve

Posted 03.20.2014 | OWN

By Leigh Newman We sifted through recent self-help books and found the can-do strategies to help you become more successful, calmer, happier, more ...

4 Important Tips For Self-Help Book Writers

| Posted 02.19.2014 | Books

Written by Writer's Relief staff: You’ve overcome a challenge, experienced something life-changing, or mastered a skill that doesn’t come easi...

Procrastination: I Won't Let You Get the Best of Me!

Sarina Tomel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarina Tomel

Eventually, it all gets done, but it's that worrying of having pending issues to close out, which can sometimes lead to just not knowing how to get started. Therefore, let's shift our focus on what we can control.

Take the Leap: Framework, Resistance, and Mediocrity

Heather McCloskey Beck | Posted 11.20.2013 | Books
Heather McCloskey Beck

In our quest to live a life that we really love, we are often met by a resistance created by the very environment we are born into.

Self-Help Advice You Haven't Heard Before

Posted 02.07.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul We sifted through the season's best self-help books to help you become more clever, more relaxed, more satisfied -- and more realis...

The Breakup Advice You Should Ignore

Alison Patton | Posted 03.15.2013 | Divorce
Alison Patton

We've created a divorce culture equally obsessed with "positive thinking" and "neat solutions." Whether it's well-meaning friends and family or the divorce blogs, the conversation is the same: "Rah-rah" motivational stories and self-help tools for making yourself happy again.

Wishful Thinking

Nicholas Montemarano | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Nicholas Montemarano

Despite my intention to give up self-help books, I know that it's unrealistic. It's unlikely that I'll ever feel quite good enough to relax fully into being me. It's in my nature to want to try harder, do better, be better.

Q & A With Miracle Mistress Gabrielle Bernstein, Author of May Cause Miracles

Latham Thomas | Posted 03.05.2013 | Books
Latham Thomas

"The people who inspire me most are those who are willing to see the world from a loving perspective. People who perceive obstacles as opportunities and problems as spiritual assignments. People who choose love."

9 Ways To Achieve Your Fitness Resolutions

Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.08.2013 | Fifty

In 2009, while Tony Whatley was participating in the National Handball Championships at the University of Minnesota, he noticed two unexpected things:...

Love for Grown-ups Gives Tips on Marrying Later in Life

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

No, don't worry, this isn't a dating advertisement. But if you are single and no longer in your 20s, fear not! Though it may be hard for some to believe, author Patricia Ryan Lampl went on 9,000 blind dates.

Risk-Taking: 10 Books To Give You That Extra Push

Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living

Wayne Gretsky is often quoted for saying, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." The man is right: In order to achieve our goals, we have...

How Can an Addict and Addict's Family Heal? An Interview With William Moyers

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Martha Rosenberg

William C. Moyers, the son of Bill Moyers, is known for his 2006 bestseller, Broken, which describes his near-fatal addiction to alcohol and other drugs. In his new book, Now What?, Moyers uses his recovery experiences to help addicts and their loved ones.

Doing Some Spring Cleaning Might Clear Some of Your Mental Clutter

Gregg McBride | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

I'd used common sense, balance and my own self worth to meet all of my goals. No quick fixes -- or books meant to rip us off through false promises -- necessary.

The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need

Janice Harper | Posted 08.07.2012 | Books
Janice Harper

Augusten Burroughs has come out with a real self-help book, starting with the premise that self-help will only make you worse off. And damned if he doesn't deliver the most sensible self help book you're likely to stumble upon.

Why Is It So hard To Make The Life Changes We Seek?

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

Are you looking to be a happier, more productive, more successful person? Are you in the market for self-help? Then the better advice is stop putting so much effort into finding your "authentic" self. Learn to embrace the self as flexible.

11 Books To Help You Turn Over A New Leaf

Kelly McGonigal | Posted 02.22.2012 | Books
Kelly McGonigal

The self-help shelves are full of guides on weight loss, health, happiness, and self-improvement. But sometimes the most life-changing ideas and advice are found in the science section.

Homelessness Myth #21: They're All Happy-Go-Lucky

Christine Schanes | Posted 01.17.2012 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Some housed people believe that homeless people don't have a care in the world. They think that because many homeless people don't appear to work, th...