I’ve become ever so slightly obsessed with Sophie Cliff’s positive living podcast and weekly email pep talks so I asked her to share some of the books that have helped her on a journey to living a more fulfilling life.
Using books to inspire positive living
I have always found books to be a big source of inspiration for me. From dreaming about the far flung destinations my favourite paperbacks were set in to skimming through career books to help me improve my productivity, books are always the place I start when I need a bit of a kick up the backside.
Over the past few years I have particularly enjoyed reading books that inspire to be a more positive person and find more joy.
The sort of books that help you to realise what’s really important in life, and remind you to focus on the good stuff. And so today, I thought I’d round my top 5 up for you here, in case you too are in need of a little inspiration…
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
If you’ve ever held yourself back out of fear or lack of self confidence, then this is the book for you. Packed with fascinating insights and practical tools, this book dives into what it means to “play big” in our lives, and how us women can claim more space and energy in the world.
I particularly enjoyed the “inner mentor” visualisation exercise that’s included in the book – it’s something I come back to time and time again when I need a bit of clarity on what to do next.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
I think we’re all guilty of spending a bit too much time online these days, and I know that I certainly am, so I really enjoyed this book from Matt Haig which delves into the ways in which our increasingly connected world is contributing to our anxiety and affecting our mental health.
And yet, despite the heavy subject matter, I found this book to be incredibly uplifting. It helped me to reconnect with what’s truly important in life, but also reminded me to cut myself a little slack too.
Eat Up: Food, Appetite, and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh
I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked up this book by former Great British Bake Off contestant, Ruby Tandoh, but I can hand on heart say it was one of the best books I read last year.
An exploration of food in its many forms and the important role it plays in our lives and memories, this was the book that finally encouraged me to shake off diet culture once and for all, and embrace life (and food!) without giving any thought to my dress size.
The Art of Being Brilliant: Transform Your Life By Doing What Works For You by Andy Cope and Andy Whittaker
I first read this book about six or seven years ago, and it absolutely blew my mind! It’s all about how tiny mindset shifts can make a huge difference to how fulfilled and happy you feel, and it’s the most practical book I’ve ever read on the subject.
If you know you want to make some positive changes in your life, but aren’t quite sure where to start, this is the book for you.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
You’ve probably all heard about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s first book, Lean In, but in my opinion, this one was far better! She wrote it after suffering an unexpected and tragic bereavement, and it’s all about how to survive life’s many curveballs.
Again, this book is filled with practical tips and interesting data that will help you to embrace a more positive mindset and keep on going even when life gets tough.
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So there you have it – the 5 books that have inspired me to live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you’re looking for a little more positivity and inspiration, then please do sign up to my newsletter, The Weekly Pep Talk, or download my podcast, Practical Positivity. And if you’re hoping to find a little more balance and space for joy in your life this year, my new e-course might be just what you’re looking for.