How many self-help books do you have on your bookshelf? Whether you want to calm your anxiety, get a grip on your finances, increase your self-confidence or just change your way of thinking, there’s a book out there to help you do it.
Do they really help? We spoke to motivational speaker Simon Mundie, who told us: “Sometimes it only takes a few words to change how you view yourself and the world. That’s why well-written self-help books can be the catalyst that transform how you experience life. From advice on improving relationships to managing stress and working in a more efficient and impactful way – they really can help people to make positive changes.”
Simon - who has written his own self-help book Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself - continues: “No one has all the answers to life’s many challenges, but if you are open to fresh ideas, you can learn valuable insights that can allow you to flourish and also save you time in so many important areas.”
If you swap an hour a day of mindless scrolling of social media for an hour with your nose stuck in one of these great books and we promise you’ll soon see a difference in your mindset. To make it extra easy, we’ve gathered them here in a handy list.
How we chose the top motivational books:
- Personal recommendations: These are the books that the HELLO! team have read and loved, and used to make positive changes in their own lives.
- Expert advice: Motivational speaker Simon gave us his top picks to add to our list. Scroll down to find out more about Simon and why you should trust him
- Reviews: In the rare case that we haven’t read the book ourselves, we only included books that received a high number of positive reviews from verified shoppers.
- Variety: We tried to cover as many topics as possible, so whether you want a book to help banish imposter syndrome, master life’s difficult lessons or improve your focus, you’ll be catered for.
Meet the expert
Simon Mundie is the author of Champion Thinking: How To Find Success Without Losing Yourself. He also hosts The Life Lessons Podcast, and is a motivational speaker and renowned broadcaster, including for BBC Radio and television. In his new book, he lays out eight important lessons for achieving success that he's learnt from the sports legends he's crossed paths with. "Drawing on interviews I’ve done on The Life Lessons Podcast with many of the world’s sporting champions, psychologists, philosophers and scientists, I explore what sport can teach us about life and how best to live it," he says of what readers can expect to find in the book
"While ‘success’ and winning can be underwhelming, the experience of being in flow is inherently enjoyable. Why is that? Because as thoughts about past and future disappear, so does our sense of ‘self’. And we love it when that happens! The implication of this is that we are looking in the wrong direction for lasting peace and fulfilment; the joy we are looking for is actually so close, we tend to overlook it. I point to where it can be found."