As of lately I’ve been focusing on personal development and self-improvement. Reading has become part of my daily routine and has been beneficial in more ways then one.
For starters, it has been a huge stress reducer. No matter how much stress your facing in your daily life, reading transports you to other realms, distracts you and keeps you in the present moment. It has been my number one mechanism for relieving tension, and allowing me to relax.
Additionally, everything you read fills your head with new bits of information. Knowledge is one thing that can never be taken from you, and can only bring life improvements. It’s also been proven that reading spiritual books can lower blood pressure and bring a immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people dealing with certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses.
A few benefits that I have personally noticed since I’ve been digging into the books consist of a wider vocabulary, a reduction in stress, and improved focus. Not to mention, I now look forward to sitting in waiting rooms, long commutes, or any period of time that I would normally dread, as it gives me a chance to read and relax.
So far, the top three books I’ve read this summer are “You are a Badass”, by Jen Sincero, “Pretty Happy”, by Kate Hudson, and “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini. If you’re in the market for a few great books, I highly suggest these.
1. You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
You are a Badass, is all about identifying and changing the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want. It consists of a very amusing how-to guide on creating the life you want, and how to “make some damn money already”.
2. Pretty Happy, by Kate Hudson
In Pretty Happy, Kate Hudson talks about the four pillars that ultimately lead to an overall happy life: cultivate an intuitive relationship with your body, eat well, awaken your body, and the miracle of mindfulness. She stands by the saying, “You don’t have to be perfect. Pretty happy is pretty great”.
3. Mastering Your Mean Girl, by Melissa Ambrosini
In Mastering Your Mean Girl, Melissa Ambrosini tells you her life story and how she’s managed to create a life beyond her wildest dreams. She provides amazing advice on how to overcome that sneaky voice in your head that is constantly telling you you’re not enough- your ‘mean girl’.