Monday, July 14, 2014

Making Up For Monday: Self-Help

It's time for Making Up For Monday!

This week's question:
Have you ever read a self-help book?  If yes, did it actually help?

Reading a self-help book, to me, used to seem weird and somewhat embarrassing, until I read one.  Now I have actually read quite a few. They have ranged in topics and have ranged in the amount that they actually helped me. 

Here's I few I have read and enjoyed: 

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray, PhD:  Yep, I read it. A friend of mine bought this for me as a joke and I was stuck somewhere with nothing else to read, so I started reading.  It didn't take me long to realize I quite enjoyed this book AND that it was actually helpful.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: I don't know if this book can be classified as a "self-help" book per se, but I found it quite helpful. The book is all about not taking life for granted.  It's about making the most of what you have and not sweating the small stuff.

Feeling Good by David D. Burns, MD: I was diagnosed with depression when I was about 15 years old. It wasn't a huge surprise, but the official diagnosis was a bit scary and embarrassing for me. Those who know me well (particularly those that knew me in high school when it was at its peak), know that I have a tendency to shut down on occasion. I get mad at weird things and then just shut myself off. This book was helpful to me in that it helped me find my triggers.

Here's one book that has been on my shelf for a long time and I really want to read: 

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie: I have a tendency to worry about EVERYTHING, so this seems like a logical book for me. The reason I haven't started it yet is because I am afraid if I don't worry about things, I'll forget to take care of things.  It's a Catch 22!

 My husband has read and thoroughly enjoyed these:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

 Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

What about you?  Have you ever read any?


  1. I find most self-help books cheesy, but I've loved Creative Visualization, Handbook to Higher Consciousness, and The Celestine Prophecy. And the book Your Money Or Your Life changed my life.

    1. I have heard of Your Money or Your Life, but never read it. I'll have to add it to my list!