I’m not exaggerating when I say that reading about positivity helped me become a more positive person in all aspects of life.
I used to be a huge book worm as a teen, always reading the latest dystopian fiction and YA series’, but lately the only books I can finish are ones I know will have an impact on my life.
With the coronavirus spreading worldwide, more and more of us are facing muddy waters as we remain in a sort of ‘lockdown’ for the coming weeks. It’s confusing, uncertain and quite worrying for us not knowing what lies ahead. You may have a compromised immune system, know someone that does, or be worried for your grandparents – or maybe you’re finding the whole thing overwhelming yourself.
With more solo free time on your hands, now is a better time than ever to pick up a book that may unlock you from the negative mindset you’re stuck in – without even knowing it. Yes, meditation and yoga are key to bringing you towards your highest self, and for raising those ‘good vibrations’ but knowledge is also key – and the best way is through reading!
So I’ve put together three of my recent top pick positive books – as well as a list of books I have yet to read but are sitting in my Amazon basket, waiting to be purchased. Each book is linked if you click the title – not affiliate!
This was my introduction to the world of spirituality and one I’ve gone back to many times when needed. I first delved into spirituality through this book, and became obsessed with author Ruby on her Instagram page, The Numinous. A former fashion editor with a love of astrology? Count me in! However, it covers so much more than that, delving into tarot cards, meditation, yoga, karma and dharma. A great overall read for anyone interested in dipping their toes into spirituality.
This book was first published in the 1990s but many of its messages still stand true today. I mean, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me! It’s a bit more technical – as in it really digs deep on how the brain and psychology work – but its key message of living in the present is one that I try to carry through my day to day life.
Gabrielle is a motivational speaker with a rake of online followers, but I liked this because of its repetition of positive thinking – it really drills the message in. It was a bit different for me in that it included different ‘prayers’ throughout the book, not in a religious sense but it was something new for me. However, it completely changed my view on calls to the Universe, and as cringe as it sounds – some of the affirmations really did work for me when I said them out loud.
Next on my list…
- The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Stinger. I’ve just started this and I can already tell I’m going to enjoy it. If you’ve read The Power of Now and enjoyed the more technical/psychological parts of it, you’ll like this.
- Lost Connections – Johann Hari. I actually started listening to the audiobook of this a few months ago but never finished – I’m not a great audio learner, so I’d prefer to buy the physical book. While the book focuses on the reasons behind depression and anxiety, I’ve heard it’s a great read for everyone regardless of your mental health.
- Super Attractor – Gabrielle Bernstein. After finishing The Universe Has Your Back, I realised I enjoyed the book way more than I thought than I did when I was reading it. Gabrielle’s writing is extremely motivating and encouraging, and while her prayer-like affirmations may not be for everyone, I’m adding her latest book to my list for when I need a positive pick me up.
- Atomic Habits – James Clear. Another one I see people rave about on Instagram, this one focuses on our habits and why we have them – and what positive habits we should develop. It’s been in my Amazon basket for ages, so I think it’s time I clicked purchase
- Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo. This one seems to be less brain-focused and more life/career-focused. Marie is an extremely successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker, and I’ve watched some of her webinars, so I would love to read this NYT bestseller.