Books That Make A Difference

These books are not in order by favorites but by most recently read first.

  1. Everything You Need You Have – Gerad Kite
  2. The Wisdom of Sundays – Oprah Winfrey
  3. The Dance of Anger – Harriet Lerner Ph.D.
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – Sarah Knight
  5. Smiling Mind – Jane Martino & James Tutton
  6. You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero
  7. You Are A Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero
  8. The Happiness Equation – Neil Pasricha
  9. Happy – Fearne Cotton
  10. Ask and It Is Given – Esther and Jerry Hicks
  11. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
  12. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay

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Everything You Need You Have – Gerad Kite

A great read to help you be comfortable with ‘you’, via a ten step practice. Gerad Kite offers some real pearls of wisdom along the way  …

Wanting things to be a certain way is not freedom.

Achieving what you set out to do is not freedom.

Being the person you want to be is not freedom

Definitely a worthwhile read if you are interested in being at “Home’ with yourself.

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The Wisdom of Sunday – Oprah Winfrey

This to me is a great coffee table book – you can pick it up and put it down, read several excerpts or just one. There is something to aspire you no matter how you are feeling, it can gave you a quick pick me up or something to keep you pondering. This also makes a beautiful gift – that’s how I came to have a copy!

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 The Dance of Anger – Harriet Lerner

This book was recommended by a very dear friend who said it changed her life and relationships, and I can see why.

“Anger is something we feel. It exists for a reason and always deserves our respect and attention. We all have a right to everything we feel – and certainly our anger is no exception”

Listening to your anger and not silencing it was revolutionary for me. And don’t be fooled by the title this is just as applicable to men as it is for women. A wonderful read with empowering tools that will stay with you forever.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*CK – Sarah Knight

Don’t dismiss this book as a wishy-washy jokey self-help book. Whilst Sarah completely keeps you smiling throughout with her quit wits, making it much more enjoyable to read, the premise behind the book is brilliant. We only have a budget of so many f*cks to give.

I love her budget concept and her easy step by step kind to stop pleasing everyone else before you please yourself is a no-brainer. Take it from me, a constant ‘pleaser’, her Not Sorry Method is a game changer.

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Smiling Mind – Jane Martino & James Tutton

Having found this book in a gift shop in China Town, San Francisco, I wasn’t expecting great things, however, it lives up to its title perfectly “Mindfulness Made Easy.” I was hesitant to add this to my list, but the fact that I keep picking it up on days when I need a little extra help, proved itself worthy.

This won’t make you a meditative practitioner to give a Buddhist monk a run for their money, however, it is encouraging and offers a free app to download to make meditation and mindfulness even simpler and I’m in complete agreement with their philosophy:

“Once you start practicing mindfulness, you’ll discover that you can apply it to every part of your life”

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You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

You Are A Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

OK, let’s be clear, if there is any ‘self-help’ book that I would say you have to own, read and re-read, this is it! I’m going to shout this from the rooftops … YOU MUST OWN YOUR OWN COPY OF THIS BOOK!

Hand on heart, this book changed my life. I tell everyone to read it, and as my friends and family know only too well, I preach this by buying them their own copy – it’s a great gift. I also have the audio book and listen to it on a loop in the car, on a dog walk, while folding the laundry!

So why is this book so good? It gives you self-belief and you can’t put a price on that. Jen Sincero is funny and inspiring, buy it, read it and go kick some ass!

Favorite quote:

“You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.”

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Happy – Fearne Cotton

I bought this book at the airport, whilst travelling back to my home country Britain, a testament to how much I must have liked it as I was quite prepared to carry this fairly large and heavy hard back around with me even though I always like to travel light.

The book has little of everything, recipes, exercises, music suggestions, space to write down your thoughts and expert advise to keep you on your goal of being happy.

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Ask And It Is Given – Esther and Jerry Hicks

This is still a work in progress for me, it is not an easy book to wrap my head around, and I find myself re-reading a lot of the passages to grasp the concept. However, I always feel uplifted and positive and picking this book up and I strive to use the processes to achieve my goals.

If anyone, has any advice on how best to read this book or any insights, I would love to hear from you.

“It’s your birthright to live a life filled withe everything that is good – and this book will show you hot to make is so in every way!”

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The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Another firm favorite that I continue to re-read. This is a non-fluffy diary of how Gretchen Rubin set out to be happier. I love the fact that she admits she already had a great life but just wasn’t appreciating it as much as she should have been. Through her own projects you are inspired to try the same or come up with your own. This was a great book for getting to know what I like and what I don’t and owning it. I like this book and I would definitely recommend you own a copy.

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You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L Hay 

I bought this book, a very long time ago, on a whim, after seeing in a magazine a celebrity (sorry cant remember which one) said it was her favorite book, and I can see why. If you like affirmations but need a little direction in what to say and a reminder to keep saying them, this is the book.

My top tip; keep it by your bedside and read one a night before you go to sleep. It keeps my head in a really positive place and I definitely wake up with a better attitude in the morning. This is a book of insightful hopefulness and a real help if you are suffering with any health issues.

“Every thought we think is creating our future.”

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