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Top 10 Must-Read Self-Help Books for Personal Growth in 2024

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There’s no single self-help book that will revolutionise your life.

Real growth is a result of constant learning, action and eventually, change. So where to start?

Well, you could scroll through the millions of books online, or wander into your local bookshop and (gasp) judge by the cover. If both of those seem like too much effort then hang tight – we’ve rounded up our favourite self-help books to give you some reading inspiration for 2024.

From Reiki to navigating the digital age, finding your true self and understanding trauma, and tackling burnout – there’s something for everyone.

1. Self Reiki: Tune in to Your Life Force to Achieve Harmony and Balance by Jasmin Harsono

OK let’s kick things off with some gentle woo-woo. Whether you’re a Reiki novice or a seasoned practitioner, discover over 40 step-by-step techniques to bring harmony and peace into your life. As you explore meditation, mantra, visualisation, and breathwork, you’ll learn to heal and reconnect with your true self without the need to visit a practitioner. Definitely worth the price tag.

2. Work it Out: Finding Connection in the Digital Age Without Falling Apart by Fiona Thomas

One of our own contributing writers, Fiona Thomas shares her journey of overcoming a nervous breakdown in this memoir-come-guidebook. Whilst emphasising the importance of connection, both online and offline, she shares actionable tips, listicles, and key takeaways to help you get clarity on where you fit into the world of work and beyond. Discover how the right career and purpose can boost your mental health whilst navigating existing in the digital age.

3. The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck

Bestselling author Martha Beck presents a four-stage process to discover personal integrity, purpose, and emotional healing. Using Dante’s hero’s journey as a backbone for self-actualisation, Beck helps you recognise internal signals that can lead you towards a life of genuine happiness. Warning: This book may change the direction of your life for the better. 

4. The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

Dive into the philosophy of famed music producer Rick Rubin, who believes creativity is less about specific techniques and more about your relationship with the world. If you want to reach your artistic potential and make creativity a larger part of your life, this manual is for you. Rubin’s insights are kind, generous, and transcendent, offering a roadmap for creating moments of authentic expression in the creative field.

5. Empowering Differences: Leveraging Your Differences To Impact Change by Ashley T Brundage

From homelessness to becoming the national vice president of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at a major financial services corporation, Brundage celebrates using power and authority through intentional action. Instigate change for yourself and others by leaning into the ways you are not the same as everyone else. Instead of contorting your personality to fit in, learn to use your differences to your advantage to empower yourself to move your career forward, neatly condensed into 10 key actions.

6. The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

Renowned bestseller Dr. Gabor Maté explores the impact of trauma on mental and physical health in our modern culture. With compassion and urgency, this father-son duo connects personal suffering to societal pressures and offers a pathway to health and healing as they share stories of triumph over illness.

7. Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

Learn how women experience burnout differently and build a science-based plan to minimise stress and live a more joyful life. With insights from the latest science, prescriptive advice, and practical exercises, this book shows women how to thrive under pressure and create positive change, whilst acknowledging the patriarchal systems that try to keep us exhausted and disempowered.

8. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

In this classic guide, Tolle contends that much of our mental suffering stems from attachments to the past or anxieties about the future. He advocates for mindfulness and heightened awareness to break free from repetitive thoughts and find inner peace. Drawing from various spiritual traditions, it offers practical insights for transcending ego-driven thinking and experiencing a profound connection to the essence of life. To enjoy his calming presence, definitely check out the audiobook!

9. This Naked Mind by Annie Grace

Take an honest look at your alcohol consumption and the real reasons why you drink. With psychological, neurological, and cultural insights intertwined with the author’s personal experience, this guide provides a permanent solution for those seeking freedom from alcohol. 

10. Girls That Invest Your Guide to Financial Independence through Shares and Stocks by Simran Kaur 

Written by the creator of the #1 investing education podcast, this book simplifies the complexities of the stock market, making it accessible for those who may feel intimidated by investing. She covers understanding the stock market, growing money, decoding financial jargon, and exploring investment strategies, providing a step-by-step approach to starting an investment portfolio.

Which self-help books are on your TBR pile this year? Share your recommendations in the comments!


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Fiona Fletcher Reid
Fiona Fletcher Reid

Fiona is a two-time author and freelance writer with words published in the Metro, Grazia, Readers Digest and Happiful Magazine. She runs online writing groups, loves tarot, live music and poetry.

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