15 Books to Make You Healthier and Happier
Ever since I was a kid, I have been a total bookworm – I absolutely adore getting lots in a novel or opening my mind with some great non-fiction reading.
As an adult, books have been a huge part of my personal development journey – as I’m sure they are for most people! Today I’m sharing the books that have been the biggest game changers for me so that you have some great resources for your own journey…
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
No surprises that this book made the list – it has to be one of the most referenced and well known personal development books out there. While the writing can be a little tricky to get through (Tolle will introduce you to some pretty unfamiliar concepts) you’ll be glad you’ve stuck with it. It’s all about presence and freeing yourself from your ego. If you’ve read it, read it again. If you haven’t, pop it on your must-read list, pronto.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Another ripper of a read from Tolle, he will blow your mind open over and over. It’s an easier read than The Power of Now with more of a story. I wholeheartedly believe that if everyone on the planet read this book, the world would be a better place.
The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler
One of the very first personal development-y books I read, The Art of Happiness will always have a special place in my heart. It’s a beautiful story woven through amazing insights for living a calm and happy life – perfect for some light reading before bed or when you’re traveling.
The Desire Map by Danielle La Porte
I don’t think anyone can read The Desire Map without developing a bit of a lady crush on Danielle LaPorte – she will help you hone in on what you really want (and tell you how to get it), no bullshit. It’s a workbook that takes you through a heap of exercises to hone in on your core desired feeling – which become super powerful tools in creating the life of your dreams. If you’re not sure what you want, read it. If you know what you want and you’re ready to make it happen, read it. If you have a belly button, read it. Grab a sample chapter here.
Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth
It could be just me but the title of this book put me off reading Women, Food, and God for aaagges. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop and I finished it in two sittings. To say it totally changed the way I thought about food would be a huge understatement. This book looks at emotional eating in a way I have never seen – I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to call Roth’s perspective life-changing, especially to anyone with an obsessive, compulsive, confusing or tricky relationship to food. I truly believe it’s a must read for every woman. (P.S. Download a free excerpt of the book here.)
The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
Another one with a title I found a little off-putting – war?! Art?! It all seemed to big and broad and irrelevant. When I actually opened the pages, I realised that those things are everything The War of Art isn’t. It’s jam packed with amazing insights and quick nuggets of wisdom. Stephen Pressfield talks about resistance as I would talk about the inner critic and this book is basically a text book in overcoming self doubt, fear, and resistance so that we can live out our purpose. Whether you’ve got big dreams to chase, or you’d just love to be able to stick to something for once this is a must, must, must read. Plus, it’s quite compact – I read the whole thing in a couple of hours. (If you’re interested in more of Pressfield’s wisdom, I also highly recommend his book Turning Pro).
May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
If you have’t heard of Gabby, I highly recommend you check out her YouTube vids. Her straight talking makes somewhat woo-woo concepts approachable. This book takes you through 6 weeks of daily exercises that will leave you as jacked up on spirit as the Spirit Junkie herself.
Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein
I use this book kind of like oracle cards – opening it to a random page when I’m after a little guidance. Every page is a razor sharp insight or a timely spiritual lesson. Love it!
Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
The perfect introduction to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing tradition that looks at healing from a wholisitic perspective that includes body, mind, and spirit. This book will help you figure out your dosha (body and personality type), tell you how to reset your agni (digestive fire), and take you through removing excess ama (toxins). I love Ayurveda and I’ve found a semi-Ayurvedic approach has done great things for healing my hormones and for my health in general – after I had a consult with an Ayurvedic doctor earlier this year, Perfect Health became my bible. If you want to know more about Ayurveda or you’re interested in a new perspective on healing, this book is for you.
The Seven Secrets to Spiritual Success by Deepak Chopra
This little book packs a punch – it’s full of actionable steps and wise words – I’ve scribbled on and dog-eared more pages than I haven’t. A great intro to spirituality and universal principles and how you can get them working in your own life. And a super quick read (although I guarantee you’ll want to revisit it!).
Money, Master the Game by Tony Robbins
Ok, I’ll admit, I haven’t actually finished this baby (it’s huge) but I’ve loved what I’ve read so far. Tony Robbins had spoken to th2 50 savviest financial minds in the world and he’s sharing their secrets with you and it’s actually quite a page turner! I feel very empowered and excited about my money when I read it and I’m excited to start implementing some of the strategies he talks about with investing and creating a passive income stream (anyone can do it!).
Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger
If you haven’t heard of Lisa, or read her amazing mag, the Collective, get onto it (thank me later!). This book if full of juicy tips for budding entrepreneurs and game-changers and I love the personal stories from Lisa’s own life. An easy, fun, and inspiring read.
I love love love cooking and I can’t resist a great cook book - these ones are currently getting a workout in my kitchen:
I Quit Sugar Simplicious by Sarah Wilson
I highly recommend actually reading through this book – it is soo jam packed with awesome tips! Sarah Wilson is on a mission to eliminate food waste and it’s kind of contagious. Since I got my copy, I’ve stared peeling the rind off lemons before I juice them and popping it into the freezer so I’ve got rind ready to go when I need it. I’ve also been using my slow cooker a lot and making amazing sugar free gummies – such a great summer treat!I also love that Simplicious breaks down how to get the most out of every ingredient and makes eating lovely healthy food super affordable.
The Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel
I’ve been reading Jess’s blog for years and I was very excited to get my hands on her cook book – and it doesn’t disappoint. I especially love her savoury recipes – she uses the most delish combos of herbs and spices to season meat, fish, and veggies, and her salad dressings are delish.
The Glow Kitchen by Melissa Ambrosini
This has to be my most used cook book in the last couple of months – I absolutely love it. The recipes are not just healthy, they’re HEALTHY healthy – there are no nuts or dairy, no sugar (the only sweetener is stevia), and everything is organic and whole. It’s also jam packed with great info about how different foods affect us. I love the lemon curd pie, slow cooked lamb shoulder, cinnamon spiced oxtail and spinach bread.
I love reading lighthearted novels before bed or for relaxation so I thought I’d include a few titles that I’ve loved lately:
- Leaving Time - Jodie Picoult
- The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - Jonas Jonasson
- The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
- When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
- Born to Run - Christopher McDougall
Have you read any of these books? Which do you love? And are there any you would add to the list?