I don't particularly like non-fiction books though. For some reason, I've always found them boring and too informative; if I will read a book, I have to make sure that I will be entertained and at least felt new emotions once I finally turn to the last page. But one day, I encountered a copy of one self help book and I saw that it had interesting illustrations so I flipped some pages. Before I knew it, I've flipped through the whole book and I learned some pretty interesting nuggets of wisdom. This opened a whole new world for me; apparently, these non-fiction, advice books might actually make sense and, with the added graphics and illustrations, are not that boring.
Self help books come in all shapes and sizes. Self esteem issues? Several people wrote a book about that already. Can't find a motivation to work out? There's definitely a couple dozen titles about that alone! Self help books cater to all issues human beings might face (you just have to keep an eye on the really good ones that will suit you best). I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one out there who needs simple reassurances from a printed guide that what they're doing is a good thing; so I've compiled some of the most interesting self help books I've read which actually worked and at the same time, did not bore me to sleep.
7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
This is the very first self help book that I picked up back when I was 13 and it's still one of the books that I look back to for reference regarding a lot of things until now. It's really all about the 7 habits that can help someone become a well rounded individual with additional sections and facts that is relevant to the youth. This book doesn't really have a specific problem it wants to solve but it helps the youth see things in a new perspective and explains things like how a simple paradigm shift and a few attitude changes can greatly contribute to someones well being. This is definitely something you can easily pick up and read through, you don't even have to follow the chapters by its printed sequence and it will still make sense!
Chicken Soup for the Soul series
This has been a library staple since I can remember and the short stories that they have been compiling through the years are still very relevant and quite enjoyable to read. The stories give the readers another way to view things or resolve simple problems by giving real life examples that are still relevant even if that story was published a decade ago. And even if you're not looking for advice, you can still read it for fun! The stories are short (some might be a little long though but they are all more or less 10 book pages long) and are easy to read; some might even make you realize that you are not the only one experiencing a certain situation which is important when you're going through a really rough patch.
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
In this society, we are being bombarded with so many things brought about by the different things around us. Everyone usually ends up with feelings of unsatisfaction and worry over the most trivial things. Don't Sweat The Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff made me realize that most of my worries are really about petty things that shouldn't even be considered a problem. This helped me view things from a different point of view and differentiate the important from the not so important things in my life. It's also quite an easy read and that greatly helped.
The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington
We've been told time and time again that everything depends on us. The way we think and the way we view things will greatly affect how our lives go. In this "teen" version of the worldwide best selling book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Paul Harrington reinforces that advice. This book will make you realize that everything that is happening in your lives are only the results of how you react to it. This will make you think back to all of those times when you thought of things negatively and how that resulted to disastrous things. This book will reinforce the old belief that if you want good things to happen, you better think that good things will happen.
- Marian Plaza
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DISCLAIMER: Always keep in mind though that self help books are merely things written with general problems and solutions in mind that can cater to as many readers as possible. It's still up to you whether you'll take whatever advice is being offered depending on your situation. Books are there to help give you ideas and support but they are definitely not something you have to follow word per word.