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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Recommended especially for novice writers interested in memoirs.

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.

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.

On Brand: Shape Your Narrative. Share Your Vision. Shift Their Perception

An accessible introduction to public relations and personal branding that can be applied to the professional realm and side hustles alike.

The Secret to Getting Along (and Why It’s Easier Than You Think): 3 Steps to Life-Changing Conflict Resolution

This book offers methods to address conflicts in all life’s areas (work, family, friendships). Recommended for anyone seeking to achieve accord or successful resolutions in the face of opposition.

Body Neutral: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Body Image Issues

A must-read for anyone interested in wellness trends, trauma and embodiment, and gender theory. It’s as suitable for academic libraries as it is for everyday readers tired of fighting against their desire to be or seem a specific way.

Rethinking Intelligence: A Radical New Understanding of Our Human Potential

This deconstruction of what it means to be smart will appeal to readers who enjoy popular nonfiction in the vein of Daniel Pink’s When or The Power of Regret.

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.

Navigating the Messy Middle: A Fiercely Honest and Wildly Encouraging Guide for Midlife Women

A wonderfully affirming volume that makes a compelling case for women to embrace the physical and mental changes happening in their lives and thrive. Best for those interested in gender studies, social history, and women’s health topics.

A Recipe for More: Ingredients for a Life of Abundance and Ease

With a diverse slate of contributors and Elise’s strong, guiding voice, this book provides the tools and the ingredients that everyone can use to live a richer, truer, and more abundant life.

The Elevation Approach: Harness the Power of Work-Life Harmony To Unlock Your Creativity, Cultivate Joy, and Reach Your Biggest Goals

Full of encouraging words and examples to help readers feel that their goals can be reached, this is a recommended book for all collections.

Positive Caregiving: Caring for Older Loved Ones Using the Power of Positive Emotions

The focus is on caring for older individuals and does not include medical guidance or advice for working with any disabilities. Kanter’s emphasis on creating a positive lens for this special relationship is refreshing.

Wisdom of Wildly Creative Women: Real Stories from Inspirational, Artistic, and Empowered Women

LoMenzo’s book is not a step-by-step self-help manual but rather a soothing inspirational guide that readers can binge-read in one or two sittings or savor slowly.

Am I Lying to Myself?: How To Overcome Denial and See the Truth

Highly recommended. Best for anyone interested in personal growth, self-help, and relationship issues.

Goblin Mode: How To Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection, and Thrive in the Muck

This guide to an aesthetic popular among millennials, zillennials, and Gen Z is perfect for the community. Readers will come away with many new home environment ideas and a better understanding of how they feel about themselves.

Get Rooted: Reclaim Your Soul, Serenity, and Sisterhood Through the Healing Medicine of the Grandmothers

A deeply felt, beautifully written account of intersectionality, personal responsibility, and growth.

Quitting: A Life Strategy

Helpful for those who grapple with the idea that they must finish what they start, Keller’s book will resonate with anyone who has questioned their path or their commitment.

Travel Light: Spiritual Minimalism To Live a More Fulfilled Life

The principles are not new, but collectively present thoughtful perspective for achieving inner peace and an increased level of personal freedom. For most public libraries.

Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy

Stafford provides reassuring and inspiring words coaxing readers through each practice. Recommended for anyone needing to reconnect with their true inner selves and reclaim joy in today’s stressful world.

Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World

This readable, uplifting, research-backed guide will benefit the many highly sensitive people who are looking for ways to harness their sensitivity for the greater good, or simply for their own well-being. Highly recommended for all public library collections.

Addicted to Drama: Healing Dependency on Crisis and Chaos in Yourself and Others

A helpful book that will assist individuals who struggle with drama addiction and/or are affected by drama addicts.

Power Mood: Unlock Your Confidence, Transform Your Life & Command Your Value

This book stands out next to traditionally male-dominated leadership self-help book titles, comparable to how Clever Girl Finance by Bola Sokunbi and Her First $100K by Tori Dunlap stand out in the finance book field. DeMase is the career mentor that many corporate women have needed but never had. Most public library collections and academic libraries with a career section will find this an indispensable resource.

The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying To Tell You

The revised edition is the result of the author conducting 10 additional years of research. The updated version is a valuable resource for all libraries.

The School of Life: Quotes To Live By; A Collection To Revive and Inspire

An insightful book that could serve as part of a meditative routine or whenever someone requires some self-reflection to face life’s challenges. Some text originally appeared in articles on the School of Life website.

Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Practices To Reclaim Your Body and Your Life

Best for physicians to introduce their patients to mindfulness meditation or patients who are looking to try guided meditation for pain relief.

She Recovers Every Day: Meditations for Women

These daily meditations are a useful tool for those seeking to enhance their recovery toolkit.

The 5 Practices of Highly Resilient People: Why Some Flourish When Others Fold

Containing both insight and practical practices, this is a wonderful resource for anyone seeking help on how to cope with life’s challenges. Recommended for fans of Rick Hanson’s Resilient: How To Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.

Build Your Village: A Guide to Finding Joy and Community in Every Stage of Life

A versatile title that is relevant for many individual life situations. Excellent for libraries from big cities to rural towns.


Permission To Speak: How to Change What Power Sounds Like, Starting with You

Although much of Bay’s guidance is directed at women, anyone with an interest in speaking, whether for a small group or an audience of thousands, can find practical techniques in this guide. This accessible blend of research and practical advice is recommended for public library collections.

Your Body Is a Revolution: Healing Our Relationships with Our Bodies, Each Other, and the Earth

Readers searching for a community-minded self-help title will enjoy this book, a refreshing, compassionate addition to the health and wellness space.

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