Being the personal growth junkies that we are, it’s probably no surprise that we’ve read a lot of them over the years.
So if you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to your Christmas shopping, or if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, here are some books to add to your list.
1. Backwards In High Heels: The Impossible Art Of Being Female – By Tania Kindersley And Sarah Vine
This incredibly frank book reveals the life lessons of the two women. They cover everything from the trials and tribulations of dating, the benefits of eating good food and having a healthy view about eating (which includes indulging yourself too), friendships, the importance of fostering a healthy self-esteem, in addition to career and politics.
Not only can any woman relate to their teachings, their advice is smart and served up warmly with compassion, humor and honesty – while avoiding the “tough love” approach some personal growth books tend to adopt. Besides being fantastically written, the hardbound book contains beautiful illustrations on each page making it a pleasure to read.
2. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – By Gretchen Rubin
The author of this book, Gretchen Rubin, had an epiphany one rainy afternoon when she realized that while she was fairly happy (after all, she was a successful author, had two amazing children and a happy marriage), she wasn’t focusing on the things that really mattered in life.
From that moment, she then decided to create her own “happiness project” where she set about changing one thing a month for a year and documenting her progress. Her approach was very realistic as she wasn’t looking to making any drastic changes (so had no lingering aspirations to climb Everest), although there were some adjustments she could make that would increase her overall happiness.
This book is a fantastic present because it’s a very practical guide that anyone can apply to their lives – not matter whether you have children, limited finances or you’re looking to change your career.
3. Simple Abundance: A Daybook Of Comfort And Joy – By Sarah Ban Breathnach
For those who have limited time to read, although would love to receive inspiring nuggets of wisdom, this book is perfect as it contains beautiful daily messages to warm your soul.
Designed so you can dip in and out of it, each message is no longer than a few pages long, and shows you how your life can be an expression of your authentic self, by just appreciating the small things.
If you’ve read any inspiring books lately that would make great Christmas presents as they tickled your heart with delight, please share them below.