Let’s face it; in today’s high-stress and fast-paced world, steady personal growth and self-improvement and finding your center have become more crucial than ever before. We are continually fighting against “evils” like obesity, depression, anxiety, lack of self-esteem, alcoholism, living unconciously and so forth. Luckily, there are myriad books spawned to guide you in your self-help and personal development journey.
These books are poised to cajole to your innermost and basest feelings. They are carefully written to put you in the driver’s seat so you can become your own coach and drill master. All you’ve to do is listen to that “inner voice” that tells you to soar higher and higher.
That said, our extensive list of the best SELF HELP and PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT books of all time is a curated collection of our favorite reads. They completely changed our lives, and we hope it can change yours too for the better.
Right off the bat, you need to know that not all self-help and personal development books are created equal. Some will help you get started on your journey; others give you a boost once you’ve achieved considerable experience in certain aspects of self-improvement. In all, they offer you that much-needed flair to attain your self-growth with a bang.
We’ve picked books based on the aspect of self-improvement covering mind, body and soul- focusing on Abundance, Spirituality, Healthy Eating & Yoga, Mind & Psychology, Mindfulness & Meditation, and so on.
Without further dilly-dally, we present to you the BEST self-help and personal development books of all time! (Disclaimer: If you click on the book images, I can earn a small commission if you make any purchases)
1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Being spiritual or simply a good human being doesn’t mean you have to be poor. Can you imagine doing good for anyone else if you yourself are struggling to make ends meet? Abundance helps to have a healthy mind, body and soul. Borrow a leaf from the world’s most prosperous of the yester-century. In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws inspiration from everyday lives of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Andrew Carnegie, and other wealthy individuals of the era. Once you’ve who read, understood and applied Hill’s fortune-making philosophy, you’ll be better prepared to attract and enjoy the secret of true and lasting success.
2. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
I’ve to admit, Tim Ferriss did a bang-up job expounding on how to make the most out of a digital lifestyle. It’s an excellent read for people looking to escape the rat race and see the world, all while earning a 5-figure income. In 4-Hour Work Week, Ferriss challenges people to evaluate how to make the most of their time and challenge the status quo.
3. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert T. Kiyosaki
This is a classic and humbling read about a kid who grows with two dads – and from there it gets quite fascinating. It’s engrossing, detail, resourceful, and charming. Do you think your house is an asset? Does high income earn you a place in the rich people table? Get an up-close look at finance from an interesting angle.
4. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Just like Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends & Influence People is yet another timeless piece from the heydays of the 1930s. With nearly a century past, the principles therein are still valid. Simply put, How to Win Friends & Influence People expounds on personal habits that inspire success in life.
5. The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything=Have Everything by Neil Pasricha
Can our happiness in life be hidden in a simple equation? After achieving tons of success in life, Neil Pasricha went ahead to search for ways to live a fabulous experience. Apparently, there is a formula to a happy life. You can count on Neil to explain in great detail in this remarkable feat of ingenuity.
6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
This twenty-fifth-anniversary rendition of this timeless classic by Stephen Covey offers the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People like never before. It has inspired many people in the past two and half decades and is certainly a must-have in your read list. I have had youngsters and baby boomers highly recommend this book.
7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Fancy to know the scientific reason why habit exit? Do you want to learn how to change your habits to better your life and achieve self-improvement? Count on Duhigg to discover the secret and power of habit.
8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This is another book that appears in the “How to Win Friends and Influence People” collection. And for good reason; it does a bang-up job of showing the benefits of being a “people person.” It tells us that being a people person can help us with self-help and personal development. However, forcing your ideas down people’s doesn’t work.
9. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
A genuine and heartfelt introduction into the practice and study of the great Raja Yoga, this book is a timeless read perfect for the seeker of spiritual enlightenment. It takes you through the classic Sutras (or what’s called the thought-threads), offering you 4000-old teachings on meditation, ethics, and superb poses. It’s perhaps the best resource for mastering the mind and achieving mental, physical, and emotional balance.
10. Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakras by Margarita Alcantra
In Chakra Healing, Margarita – a New York-based energy healer, acupuncturist, and author – walks you through the ancient chakra healing without all the fluff. She brings these nifty chakra healing techniques to anyone who’s looking to spruce up their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. With no-hassle chakra healing approach, a range of therapeutic methods, and fabulous images, you can learn to beat ailments like depression, allergies, back pain, migraines, and so forth.
11. The Yoga Bible For Beginners: 30 Essential Illustrated Poses For Better Health, Stress Relief and Weight Loss by Charice Kiernan
The best time to take up yoga was yesterday, and the next best time is now. Oh yes, this book gives you an easy-to-understand glimpse into the world yoga. Get started with 30 well-illustrated and explained poses so you can beat stress, lose weight and live a better and happier life.
12. Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch CNC
If you’ve been looking for an A-to-Z guide to natural remedies, preventive therapies, and alternative healing, then Prescription for Nutritional Healing is your best shot at a fabulous read. It cuts the fluff, puts forward easy-to-understand facts, and blends together the age-old remedies with a twist of modern science.
13. Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments by Anne Kennedy
If you loved Anne Kennedy’s other works like about essential oils, the allure of natural remedies carries through to Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies. It’s what it sounds like – a comprehensive guide to sizzling natural and herbal medicines from around the world. With it, you can learn natural ways to kick everyday ailments with herbal medicines.
14. Essential Oils Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing by Althea Press
I have to confess; this book made me fall in love with essential oils. If you’re looking to make a foray into the fabulous world of essential oils, this book is the blueprint. It’s a fantastic read for quick consultation and offers a sizzling wealth of information about essential oils.
15. The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker
I have recently got curious about the juicing and its benefits. Forget about fly-by-night juicing guides out there; this is the real deal! This award-winning book uses nifty illustrations, outstanding essential guides, broad-ranging health benefits and nutritional facts to help you get started in the world of juicing.
16. Juicing for Beginners by Rockridge Press
New to juicing? The Juicing for Beginners book is truly a thing of beauty. We have found the ultimate juicing guide in this book for nutrition packed recipes for veggie and fruit juices, quenchers, and smoothies. It contains 100 Recipes, Weight loss plans and Handy tips and hacks from things like buying the right juicer to combating health problems with juicing.
17. 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith
We just cannot get enough of juicing and smoothies and this one is surely a keeper. It does what it simply say – it offers an easy way to make 10-days worth of fabulous smoothie cleanse. Teeming with super nutrients from leafy veggies and fruits, this smoothie helps increase your energy level, lose and keep off unwanted weight, and improve your overall wellbeing. The 10-Day green smoothie is bound to change your life and health.
18. Souping Is The New Juicing by Cherie Calbom
When it comes to healthy eating, if I try to have only salads & juices(being a vegetarian), I often crave for a hot meal. And this guide comes in very handy to replace eating a carb-filled hot meal with tasty and healthy soups. Take it from me; this book takes the idea of soup to a whole new and exciting level. In Souping Is The New Juicing, Cherie Calbom offers a quick rundown on how to use souping to achieve no-hassle weight loss, healing, cleansing, and re-invigoration.
19. Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
Yoga Anatomy (2nd Ed) is the ultimate guide to the nitty-gritty of yoga poses/anatomy. In Yoga Anatomy, you’ll love how Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff takes you through vinyasas, asanas, extensive information, and full-color anatomical illustrations. Fancy to learn how each yoga pose (or yoga itself) plays out in the background? Catch up with all things yoga anatomy with this compelling read.
20. The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown
Take your love for yoga to the next level with this well-written yoga guide. It boasts over 150 fantastic poses from the primary schools of thought of yoga, including Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar. It mashes together comprehensive step-by-step guides, colorful illustrations, alternative features for newbie yogis. And that isn’t all – you’ll find useful advice and tips on breathing, yoga during pregnancy, meditation, and de-stressing. Best believe me; it’s worth your pretty penny.
21. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
In The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Murphy presents compelling mind-focusing techniques based on a true-and-tried principle: that if you picture something in your mind and believe it without reservation, you can remove mind roadblocks and achieve the best result. Master these techniques so you can unleash your mental powers to gain prestige & promotion, garner wealth, forge healthy and loving relationships, get rid of bad habits, and conquer your fears.
In this book, Dr. Murphy gives you the ultimate self-help tacts and techniques. Just by changing your thought patterns you can dramatically change your life for the best. Using actionable, easy-to-understand, techniques and real-world examples, Murphy show how the “power of subconscious” can do wonders for all the aspects of your life, including relationships, jobs, happiness, and so forth.
22. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy By David D. Burns
One of the bestsellers of all time, this book that has helped shape the field of psychology for the past three decades or so. It’s an on-spot read poised to help you beat depression by understanding your destructive thought patterns. The bottom line according to Burns is that guilt, anxiety, hopelessness, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” can be treated without prescription drugs.
23. The Miracle Power of Your Mind: The Joseph Murphy Treasury
If you love Murphy’s work, then this book collection will knock your socks off. It brings together some of Dr. Murphy’s life-changing and rare classics, including the world-renowned The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. Also featured are over 20 pamphlets and books ranging from How to Attract Money, Nuclear Religion, Meaning or Reincarnation, and Fear Not to Why Did This Happen to Me?
24. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
A comprehensive read that helps you take your knowledge and understanding of trauma to the next level. Unlike some shallow psychiatry-based books, The Body Keeps the Score provides an in-depth way to heal and understand the scope of trauma stress impact on society. It’s probably the best book you’ll ever read on the subject.
25. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
Unlike most self-help books out there, this is a masterpiece. It’s the best work yet of the world-revered spiritual leader-cum-Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. With it, Hanh reminds us to take full advantage of the very situations that often antagonize or pressure us to get back to our true selves. For him, red lights, a phone call, traffic jam and even dirty dishes should serve as friendly spiritual reminders to stay the course to “mindfulness.”
26. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
I’ve read and re-read this bestseller a dozen of times. And the story-line never gets stale. Do you find yourself meddling in other people’s businesses? Are you codependent? Melody Beattie has the answers put forward in a straightforward, coherent, and readable manner. Get the book today and disentangle yourself from the world of codependency.
27. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
The value of mindfulness in today’s world is absolute. In The Miracle of Mindfulness, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers a lucid, actionable, and elegant guides to mastering the art of mindfulness. Zen master reminds that everyday situations like washing dishes can offer an opportunity to work towards greater mindfulness and self-understanding.
28. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh
This book encompasses the use of mindfulness to transform our lives. It includes a broad range of simple, efficient practices for becoming mindful of yourself and others through awareness of walking, breathing, deep listening, and skillful speech. This exercise can help you heal emotional pain, show true love, and forge genuine relationships.
29. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
When it was launched in 1994, no one thought Wherever You Go, There You Are would catapult Jon Kabat-Zinn to greatness. It has changed a profound number of lives – and can change yours too. It takes mindfulness and meditation into a tantalizing high.
30. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills
I won’t lie; this book helped, and I hope it has touched many other lives. I often find it hard not to take things personally, but The Four Agreements has done wonders for me. The whole idea of the book boils down to this and other three agreements, making it an excellent read for everyone. It’s sure to take your happiness to a whole new and exciting level.
31. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
Say goodbye to habitual emotions and thoughts that put a roadblock to your consciousness. That’s right; with Michael Singer’s The Untethered Soul, can help you tap into traditions and culture of mindfulness and meditation to live in the present moment and keep painful memories & thoughts at bay. Oh yeah, you can achieve total happiness and self-realization.
32. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
This 1984 bestseller by late Louise Hay, the founder of Hay House (see our posts about Hay House authors and offerings) gives us an amazing view of diseases and ailments. That physical illness is a manifestation of something more profound: spiritual and emotional unwellness. In this book, Hay tells us how healing the spirit and mind can help keep physical diseases at bay. And the primary strategy is to heal our thoughts through of affirmation, a technique that has done wonders for millions of people. We have done a review of Louise Hay’s Mirror work and the link to the free pdf here.
33. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
With 2 million copies sold across the globe and translated into 30 languages, The Power of Now take your on a fascinating spiritual path to find your deepest and true self. It offers you spiritual guidance to achieve personal growth as well spirituality by living life in the present moment.
34. The Unbound Soul: A Spiritual Memoir for Personal Transformation and Enlightenment by Richard L Haight
Take your spirituality to the next level. The Unbound Soul is not your ordinary self-help and personal development book; it’s a must-read for a person looking to explore self-purpose, spirituality, and unbound freedom. Did you that your thoughts, senses, emotions, and memories could have imprisoned you? Discover more secrets to unbound soul and spirit in this magnificent read.
35. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
This is a book that almost everyone must have heard of. It is an all time bestseller and is a film turned into a book; the Secret reveals the great mysteries of the universe. In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne lets you in on a secret how to use this puzzle to unlock many things in your life, from health, money, relationships, happiness, and so forth. That’s right – you will get to understand the untapped power that lies within you, a thing that can bring you lots of joy to every facet of your life. Here is our post of what we think shifted in the world due to this book.
36. How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by Dalai Lama
How to Practice is indeed a slice of heaven for people that desire true meaning and happiness in life. In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama tells us that our true fulfillment lies within each one of us, not elsewhere. If you’re looking for have a clear path to spiritual enlightenment, this is a must-read.
37. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Get right in the mix of the secrets of Tibetan Buddhism, where mindfulness and meditation dictate every aspect of life. Do you feel that your life is falling apart? When we continually deal with stress, anxiety, and pain, it can become a little overwhelming. However, Pema suggests that moving towards them is the key to happiness and personal growth.
38. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams And Reaching Your Destiny by Robin S. Sharma
You read that right: a monk who sold his Ferrari! The most well known work of Robin Sharma, who is a motivational speaker and thought leader often seen holding workshops worldwide, posting on social media before his 5 am jog and rubbing shoulders with Richard Branson. This a beautiful inspirational fiction that shows you a simple yet wonderful way to live life. Trust me; you will get a good laugh, too. Read more about him at www.RobinSharma.com and get inspired to take action.
39. Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood
Are women wired to love? If you moved from one nasty relationship to another where you tolerate lots of abuse and disrespect, it’s time you pull up a chair and read this marvelous work by the world-loved author Robin Norwood. Does trying to “fix” someone in relationship sound familiar? If so, Women Who Love Too Much will make for a fascinating and resourceful read.
40. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Tao Te Ching (Tao Teh King) is steeped in the culture and philosophy of Taoist which has influenced many lives in China for the past two and half millennia. In today’s world, Tao Teh Kind is a crucial resource for those who search for contentment, peace, balance, and harmony in life. Immerse yourself in this fabulous book and you’ll never be the same again.
41. Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
This is the book that got me started with self development books. I picked this book up at the Mumbai airport duty free and it immediately struck a cord in me. I resonated with the idea that we don’t have to be slaves to our genes and upbringing- we can truly change our life with our thoughts. The late Dr. Dyer’s inspiration piece borrows a leaf from the Great ways of the Tao Te Ching. In Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life, Dr. Dyer offers impressive Tao guidance and advice that’s spiritual, moral, balanced, and brings about harmony. He reviews 100s of Tao Teh Ching verses to provide us with easy-to-understand hindsight. With his work, Dr. Dyer encourages us to live with the rhythm of nature and achieve a great sense of peace. His several other authored books such as Your Erroneous Zones and Excuses Bygone are worth a read.
42. The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary D. Chapman and Ross Campbell
With The 5 Love Languages of Children, you can take your love for your little ones to the next level. No one can deny that you love and care for your kid, but how can you make your child know that you do so? Don’t worry; Chapman and Campbell have got you covered. Learn your kid’s love language and build a solid foundation for genuine love for your kid. Do check out our other Parenting posts.
43. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
The cliche that “falling in love is easy, but staying love in no walk in the park” stands in this compelling book by renowned author Gary Chapman. In The 5 Love Languages, Chapman offers you simple yet profound ways to rekindle romance and keep your marriage or relationship fresh and ticking. It is an actionable as well as insightful, offering nifty ways to navigate the complexities in today’s relationships.
44. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
Are you tired of the media telling you who, how, and what you should be? In The Gift of Imperfection, Brene Brown – the expert in authenticity, shame, and belonging – provide us with 10 guidelines on the power and benefits of wholehearted living. That is, engaging with the world from “a place or worthiness.”
Brene Brown asks us in this book to take a close look at what is happening around us, to stop trying to prove ourselves to others.
45. The Complete Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch Page
This is the amalgamation of the famous “Conversations with God” series of books. His books and meditations have touched several lives and is recommend for anyone on a spiritual journey or not. Once you pick up this books, you won’t be able to put it down. It gives a unique perspective of life and how negative thoughts manifest.
There you are – the 45 BEST self-help and personal development books of all time! With these handy books and guides, you can take your life to a whole new and fabulous level. Leave a comment if you think we missed out on any books.