Learn the secrets to living a happier, more fulfilling life

2020 may have left us all feeling a little high and dry, but it is important to press on this new year. If you’re having a little trouble feeling inspired, try picking up any one of these best-selling, self-help books to gain motivation and momentum. Not only will you gain new skills, you may very well receive a new outlook on life too.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


Be proactive, begin with the end (goal) in mind and synergise; these are just some of the approaches or habits of highly effective people, according to author Stephen Covey. But while these concepts seem like a no-brainer, how often do we actually practice them? Check out The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to be reminded of these approaches, then adopt and apply them in all aspects of your life, whether in the workplace or at home.

Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert


Written by the same author who penned Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is a useful, self-improvement title providing tips and tricks on how to lead a more fulfilling life. Apart from offering anecdotes about wholesome, healthy living, this self-help guide by Elizabeth Gilbert also feeds you with optimism—something we all could use right now.

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia


Ikigai isn’t just the name of this incredibly successful non-fiction piece; it is also a Japanese concept based on the idea that everyone has a reason for living. Read this to understand what it truly means to lead a meaningful and joyous life—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest living folks.

Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson


An unlikely motivational resource, Everything Is F*cked by blogger and author Mark Manson is described as a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope. Simply put, it’s one that stares truth in the face and issues a new perspective on life.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero


Not all self-help books are bummers, especially not if you’re checking out You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. True to its title, the Jen Sincero guide comprises entertaining chapters offering advice, from how to change self-sabotaging beliefs to creating a life you will adore.