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Untapped Magic: Manifestation Methods for Living a Limitless Life

A solid title for those interested in self-help, life coaching, success building, and motivational exercises.

Njuta (Enjoy, Delight In): The Swedish Art of Savoring the Moment

Readers interested in Swedish culture and in Scandinavian contentment and mindfulness concepts will find this appealing.

Better Days: Tame Your Inner Critic

Allen’s latest (after 2021’s self-published Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You) equips readers to be free.

I Did a New Thing: 30 Days to Living Free

The authentic voice that made Brown a social media “Mom and Auntie to America” shines bright in this read sprinkled with a warm, welcoming, and inclusive spirituality (God is Brown’s touchstone, but her asides and testimonies are colloquial and nondidactic). Recommended for readers who are already familiar with Brown’s other books (Feeding the Soul; Cooking from the Spirit; Seen, Loved, and Heard) as well as newcomers to her works.

The Vibration of Grace: Sound Healing Rituals for Liberation

A foray into sound healing that will help readers connect breath, voice, and body in beautiful ways.

Everyone Is Creative: Seven Easy Steps To Unlock Your Creativity

Unlocking creativity is possible after reading this book and implementing the actions.

Stand by Me: A Guide to Navigating Modern, Meaningful Caregiving

Like her father, Applebaum has arranged a piece of work that is valuable for caregivers and those who support them.

Past Forward: How Nostalgia Can Help You Live a More Meaningful Life

Routledge brings a clinician’s eye for evidence-based research and a lay person’s fascination with everything from Star Wars to pop psychology to the topic of nostalgia, giving readers reasons to think back on their lives, their families, and their histories and consider who they want to become.

Dare To Feel: The Transformational Path of the Heart

Roxo’s book reminds readers that stories matter, and that to be good tellers of their stories, they also need to listen to and learn from the people around them. A beautiful if somewhat jargony exploration of coming home to one’s body, feelings, and truths in collective, vulnerable ways.

Your Heart Was Made for This: Contemplative Practices for Meeting a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love

A profound yet simple book designed to introduce anyone to mindfulness, with lessons that offer experienced meditators options for renewing their practice.

How Not To Age: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older

Heavily footnoted, carefully researched, and ultimately prescriptive not of pills and potions but of foods close to nature and fairly accessible, this title may not be the magical fountain of youth, but it delivers good advice in palatable, practical ways that will make every blueberry taste like it’s erasing a wrinkle or two.

New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That’s Got It Wrong

A solid, well-organized work that should appeal to a broad audience of people interested in self-help and psychology.

What Makes You Bloom: Cultivating a Practice for Connecting with Your Divine Self

This work is intentional, resourceful, and a place to land, heal, and grow for those who have experienced similar circumstances to Garcia.

Happy AF: Simple Strategies To Get Unstuck, Bounce Back, and Live Your Best LIfe

A heartening and gentle read, and a welcome addition to self-help collections.

Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections

The blend of science and storytelling that Nagoski’s readers expect is on full display throughout this affirming, inclusive guide, which has the potential to transform readers’ sex lives and their general well-being. An essential purchase.

Stress Resets: How To Soothe Your Body and Mind in Minutes

For readers who can get through the book’s more clinical and anecdotal first section, there is some usefulness to be found in Taitz’s easily applicable tools and techniques.

The Life Brief: A Playbook for No-Regrets Living

Wan’s honesty makes this pick a wise one.

45 Ways To Live Like an Italian: Italian-Inspired Self-Care Traditions for Everyday Happiness

This charming and instructive book will appeal to Italophiles everywhere.

I Didn’t Know I Needed This: The New Rules for Flirting, Feeling, and Finding Yourself

A refreshing take on the usual romantic relationship self-help; highly recommended for all collections.

The Gift of Perspective: Wisdom I Gained from Losing a Leg and Two Lungs

Recommended to readers looking for advice about how to reframe negative thought patterns and rewrite their stories and for anyone seeking to learn from someone with a voluminous capacity for finding strength in difficult circumstances.

Creative Endurance: 56 Rules for Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Your Goals

While the book leans a little heavily on buzzwords like “resilience” and “grit,” it’s full of examples from Schnaidt’s clients, plus ample actionable tips for anyone interested in flexing their creativity muscles to build long-term strength, rather than sparking occasional episodes of genius followed by periods of creative blockage.

Reworked: Putting Health and Happiness at the Centre of Your Career

This is a great read for anyone navigating the pandemic’s disruption of work; highly recommended for all collections.

Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell

A book designed for advocates and activists (and to make anyone who gets a little older each year into an advocate or activist). Walrond disrupts dominant narratives about age, race, class, gender, and sexuality in ways that will catalyze readers to reflect on how they can live boldly beyond middle age.

Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It’s Time To Heal but You’re Not Sure You Want To

An honest, self-reflective book, peppered with journaling prompts and suggestions for readers to help process grief. Cervantes also acknowledges that no single book or self-help toolkit can do away with real human loss; this in itself is enough to make her book an essential work for anyone impacted by grief.

The Sex You Want: A Shameless Journey to Deep Intimacy, Honest Pleasure, and a Life You Love

For readers who are ready to let go of their preconceived notions about sexual roles and categories so they can redefine their relationships with their bodies and their partners.

13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don’t Do: Fix What’s Broken, Develop Healthier Patterns, and Grow Stronger Together

Clear, supportive guidance, coupled with the book’s logical structure, will make this a title that couples return to whenever they need a relationship tune-up. An excellent work for newlyweds.

Negative Thoughts Happen: How To Find Your Inner Ally When Your Inner Critic Shows Up

This is a good book for those interested in self-help, psychology, and guided exercises to gain new insights about themselves.

Gravitas: The 8 Strengths That Redefine Confidence

Sun’s book provides actionable strategies for discovering one’s confidence style, primarily through personal observations but with a dose of science and data thrown in to support her points. Recommended for anyone who’s ready to reflect on the mindset traits and behaviors that limit them so they’re able to achieve the gravitas that Sun suggests can enhance all aspects of life.

Controlling Mental Chaos: Harnessing the Power of the Creative Mind

Possibly of interest for readers with a scientific background who want to explore the cognitive theories behind anxiety, but those wishing to read a general self-help work should look elsewhere.

It’s on Me: Accept Hard Truths, Discover Your Self, and Change Your Life

Recommended as a next step for readers who have begun practices of introspection and want to find shared experiences, common patterns, and valuable tools for continuing their journeys of self-discovery.

Friendly Reminders: Lessons from a Self-Care Savage

Fans of Tatum’s podcast and Instagram will enjoy the book, but it also could be a good introduction to self-help for readers who are on the fence about the genre.

Unlocking Your Inner Zelensky: Lessons We Can All Learn from an Unexpected Leader

A novel take on the advice genre, geared toward a niche audience, but not essential.

Wake Up Grateful: The Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted

Although some of the topics can be a bit disheartening, this is a motivating book that could guide anyone seeking to improve the world and/or their life perspective.

The Forgotten Art of Being Ordinary: A Human Manifesto in the Age of the Metaverse

This is a thought-provoking title that will stimulate book-group discussions.

Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure

A useful book for those generally interested in psychology, sociology, management, or the philosophy of science.

Diagnosis Human: How Unlocking Hidden Relationship Patterns Can Transform and Heal Our Children, Our Partners, Ourselves

Begel and Keith give insight into their own thoughts as therapists, but this book should not be used as an authoritative guide to handling complex psychological issues and is likely to be of limited interest for most readers.

Learning To Imagine: The Science of Discovering New Possibilities

The best news in this book is that imagination never expires; the key is to cultivate it. For academic libraries where titles about psychology and creativity are popular.

Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss

Highly recommended for anyone working through personal or collective loss, such as that caused by the COVID pandemic.

Falling Back in Love with Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls

Beautiful, painful, and healing, this is a much-needed reminder of society’s common humanity and the authority people have in determining what it means to share in the work of being human.

Maneki Neko: The Japanese Secret to Good Luck and Happiness

A deft blend of Japanese history and ancient and modern culture, along with theories on luck that readers can use to bring a bit more good fortune into their life.

It’s Not Your Fault: The Subconscious Reasons We Self-Sabotage and How To Stop

An affirming, compassionate approach to forging healthy relationships and fostering resiliency.

Afraid: Understanding the Purpose of Fear and Harnessing the Power of Anxiety

A must-read for those diagnosed with anxiety, OCD, and PTSD to better understand themselves and how their brains behave. The book is also helpful for a general audience looking to learn more about how fear can influence their lives. A valuable acquisition for undergraduate academic libraries with psychology programs.

Surrounded by Energy Vampires: How To Slay the Time, Joy, and Soul Suckers in Your Life

This useful book will assist individuals struggling with energy vampires in their personal or work lives.

Nature Devotional: Eco-Spiritual Reflections, Meditations and Affirmations

The thoughtful reflections, lovely drawings, and seasonally inspired affirmations may work for some readers in this written format, but this short guide might be better as an audiobook.

Rest Easy: Discover Calm and Abundance Through the Radical Power of Rest

This thought-provoking book is highly recommended for anyone needing better rest habits.

Master of Change: How To Excel When Everything Is Changing—Including You

This is a great book for people who want to begin their journey of self-discovery and understanding, as well as those looking for new ways to deal with change in a more positive manner.

The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough

Those interested in reading about the causes and effects of perfectionism will find plenty, but readers looking for a self-help guide or practical solutions should look at other books, like Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection.

Love Every Day: 365 Relational Self-Awareness Practices To Help Your Relationship Heal, Grow, and Thrive

An excellent addition to any library’s love and relationships collection.

The Joy Strategist: Your Path to Inner Change

While this is the perfect book for readers who are at a crossroads and ready to start a new chapter, there is enough wisdom here for anyone ready to change and introduce more joy into their life.

Embracing Elderhood: The Three Stages of Healthy, Happy, and Meaningful Senior Years

Englander’s candor is refreshing, as is his belief that love and a positive mindset are all one needs to be healthy and happy and have meaningful senior years.

Glow-Worthy: Practices for Awakening Your Inner Light and Loving Yourself as You Are—Broken, Beautiful, and Sacred

This title centers concepts of holiness and mysticism, making it more appropriate for readers of authors such as Gabrielle Bernstein than for more skeptical soul-searchers. Offer it to the new-age-spirituality-curious and those searching for accessible entry points into practices related to healing, self-care, and mind-body connectedness.

Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life

Schwarzenegger provides a useful, logical, and sometimes humorous blueprint for general readers to achieve a successful and satisfying life, although he chooses to avoid talking about his own misconduct.

27 Letters to My Daughter

This book is highly recommended for those interested in self-help, inspirational stories, memoirs, and advice for living a good life.

Generation Anxiety: A Millennial and Gen Z Guide to Staying Afloat in an Uncertain World

An easy recommendation for those who struggle with their own anxiety and may not know where to start in overcoming it. An absolutely worthwhile addition to any library collection as well.

Soberish: The Science-Based Guide to Taking Your Power Back from Alcohol

A useful guide to establishing a healthy relationship with alcohol.

Stressilient: How To Beat Stress and Build Resilience

A great acquisition for libraries looking to expand mental health literacy in their patrons. This is an ideal book for people who read The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenberg.

Mindful in Minutes: Meditation for the Modern Family

An essential and helpful guide. Ideal for readers just getting started with meditation and for anyone wanting to bring more mindfulness and peace into their life.

A Pity Party Is Still a Party: A Feel-Good Guide to Feeling Bad

As evinced by the title and the attendant activities, this is not the typical bromide-laden self-help book advising readers to turn their frowns upside down. The listicle-advice and activities can be a bit unorthodox and some just downright weird; some readers might even wonder if this is satire (it’s not). To every book its reader, which is exactly why this book deserves space on the shelf.

Activate Your Greatness

Weaving between providing inspiration and telling his life’s story, Toussaint describes his mental and physical methods for tapping into one’s inner greatness and achieving one’s dreams. This is a straightforward account guiding readers to embrace his motto: “Feel good, look good, do better.”

Stop Waiting for Perfect: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and into Your Power

This is a lighthearted read with hard-hitting advice, and a great way to jump-start a life change.

Unlocked: Embrace Your Greatness, Find the Flow, Discover Success

This book is a great addition to any library’s nonfiction collection, especially for sports fans.

Narrative Healing: Awaken the Power of Your Story

This book is a must-buy for libraries looking to enhance their mental health collections.

Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well

Perfect for readers more interested in evidence-based research than vision boards, this is a recommended addition to any self-help shelf.

Success Starts Within: Achieve Your Potential Through Radical Self-Care

This is a generally helpful resource for most readers with an approachable narrative.

Discovering Optimal: Shift Your Narrative, Transform Your Habits, Boost Your Energy

A useful manual for individuals attempting to make changes and optimize their lives.

Finding Your Person: Even If It’s You: Relationship Advice from TikTok’s Big Sister

Fans of @annnexmp on TikTok will be interested in this book.

Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul: How To Change the World in Quiet Ways

This inspiring book is recommended for anyone interested in social justice and enacting positive change.

Breathe Deep: An Illustrated Guide to the Transformative Power of Breathing

A thoughtful resource to help readers slow down and recognize the connective power of breath. A recommended purchase for libraries where interest in short informative titles, mindfulness, and yoga is high.

The Power of Empathy: A Thirty-Day Path to Personal Growth and Social Change

This title is ideal for those looking to flex their empathy muscles and people who are on a journey of healing trauma or want to create better connections with others. Readers of This Book Will Make You Kinder by Henry James Garret will enjoy the way Tennant explores how to grow empathy and how it can change the world. Libraries looking to expand their self-help section will benefit from adding this book to their shelves.

Well at Work: Creating Wellbeing in Any Workspace

Many of Sternberg’s examples and anecdotes focus on buildings in Arizona and around Washington, DC, so this title could be particularly interesting for libraries located in these areas.

Reasons To Be Hopeful: What Remains Consoling, Inspiring and Beautiful

A reassuring book that normalizes life’s struggles. Recommended for persons seeking encouragement in the face of sadness or despair.

90 Days to Stress Free: Renovating the House That Worry Built

While the 90-day time frame may leave some readers wanting more, this title is recommended for libraries where Amerine’s previous works are popular.

The Wisdom of Morrie: Living and Aging Creatively and Joyfully

Great for public libraries and not limited to a particular age group. People of almost any generation can benefit from reading this guide to embracing life.

There Is No Right Way To Meditate: Revised and Expanded Edition

A supportive volume for someone at any stage of experience in meditation. Beginners may be the prime beneficiaries, but those with additional practice may appreciate the author’s approach as well. Sakugawa’s artistry and gentle humor aids greatly in making this an approachable volume.

The Little Book of Zen Healing: Japanese Rituals for Beauty, Harmony, and Love

Opportunities for ritual are plentiful. Arai’s encouragement to make these rituals a part of everyday life opens the way for mindfulness and true healing.

The Choice Point: The Scientifically Proven Method To Push Past Mental Walls and Achieve Your Goals

An easily digestible guide to abolishing negative thoughts and self-defeating behaviors.

Glow: 90 Days To Create Your Vibrant Life from Within

While this would be an excellent addition to any self-help section, patrons may need a longer loan period if they choose to follow the entire 90 days.

Art for Self-Care: Create Powerful, Healing Art by Listening to Your Inner Voice

This is an excellent companion for those who may need to express themselves and heal but aren’t sure where to start. Worthwhile to have in any library, especially for readers who may be hesitant to reach out.

This Is Your Bravery Test: 55 Challenges for Art and Life Inspired by Bob Ross

Perfectionists might shudder at the book’s lack of instructions or the absence of a list of supplies, techniques, or other requirements, but that’s (part of) the point. Even the bravest recovering perfectionists can benefit from this.

Food, We Need To Talk: The Science-Based, Humor-Laced Last Word on Eating, Diet, and Making Peace with Your Body

While Gjata says the book is, “at its core, for my younger self,” and as such can read a bit slangy, it’s appropriate for older audiences too (millennials up to boomer and beyond). Engaging and chock-full of facts, this non-diet diet book is an updated, encouraging healthy-eating and healthy-eating-mindset how-to.

Deeper Mindfulness: The New Way To Rediscover Calm in a Chaotic World

The promise of a calmer, more connected world, free of stress and exhaustion, will likely encourage readers to select this book and give it a chance to work its mindful magic. Ideal for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

Brave Thinking: The Art and Science of Creating a Life You Love

With teaching points scattered throughout, the book provides a curriculum for self-development, albeit one that may feel inaccessible to readers who lack some of Morrissey’s privilege. Overall, a useful tool for individuals looking for prompts and suggestions about how to live more aligned with their bigger-picture aspirations.

Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How To Get Unstuck When It Matters Most

Readers of Toni Warner’s The Reset will enjoy this enlightening and refreshing book. Libraries looking to expand their self-help section will want to add this to their current nonfiction collection.

The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age

A helpful guide to embracing the joys and confronting the sorrows of life. Recommended for readers of all ages seeking motivation or inspiration as they continue their living journey.

Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan To Transform Anxiety into Power

While the reflection prompts in this title may not be a substitute for therapy, they are thoughtfully rendered so as to encourage readers to move forward out of anxiety.

Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength

A helpful companion for those struggling in their lives or who have fallen on hard times.

Reverse Meditation: How To Use Your Pain and Most Difficult Emotions as the Doorway to Inner Freedom

This book teaches how to use painful or difficult emotions as a doorway to inner freedom. Recommended for readers seeking to add to their mindfulness practices.

Gender Magic: Live Shamelessly, Reclaim Your Joy, and Step into Your Most Authentic Self

As the owner of a private practice focusing on sex and gender therapy, McDaniel brings qualification to the writing of this book. Transgender and nonbinary readers may find the content helpful and affirming.

Followed: The Content Creator’s Guide to Being Seen, Facing Judgment, and Building an Authentic Personal Brand

A useful book for aspiring and seasoned influencers and those looking to better navigate the intricacies of social media. Recommended for general collections.

The Mini ADHD Coach: Tools and Support To Make Life Easier; A Visual Guide

Highly recommended for all libraries.

Tiny Joys: A Guide to Embracing Your Inner Coastal Grandmother

This beautifully illustrated book is a fun read, but it may not be suitable for library purchase.

Dry Humping: A Guide to Dating, Relating, and Hooking Up Without the Booze

Most relevant for readers in recovery or who are interested in sobriety, but also a revealing read for daters and nondrinkers in general.

The Way of the Fearless Writer: Mindful Wisdom for a Flourishing Writing Life

Readers and writers comfortable with the style and tone of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way will be drawn to this book.

Your Future Self: How To Make Tomorrow Better Today

A comprehensive and mindful discussion of decision making that’s designed to benefit readers’ current and future selves. Recommended for libraries where there is interest in psychology or self-help.

Write It All Down: How To Put Your Life on the Page

Recommended especially for novice writers interested in memoirs.

STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World

Lyons covers causes and solutions for everyday interactions and provides a persuasive argument for silence. Recommended for all audio collections.

I’m Ascending, Now What? Awaken Your Authentic Self, Own Your Power, Embody Your Truth

Recommended for those interested in self-help, transformation, introspection, and spirituality.

The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly: Life Wisdom from Someone Who Will (Probably) Die Before You

Magnusson’s wisdom combined with McElhone’s narration is an unbeatable combination. Recommend widely to listeners looking to embrace the aging process while enjoying every bit of goodness along the way.

Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age

May’s observant, moving essays are a balm for souls wearied by the nonstop pulse of contemporary life, and an invitation to reconnect with the outside world. A masterpiece of mindfulness in action; recommended for all libraries.

You’ve Got This: Seven Steps to a Life You Love

Dunbar writes in an informal, nonjudgmental style that many readers will appreciate. A useful book that could serve as a guide for individuals trying to address their self-doubt or mollify negative thoughts or emotions.

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