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50 Self Improvement Books That Can Change Your Life

by Sammy Nickalls

What do you think of when you think of self-improvement books?

Some scorn these books, thinking that they’re associated with low points and life crises. However, getting knowledge on how to grow as a person is something to be lauded, not scorned. Learning about yourself and new ways to think, act, or treat yourself is something you should always be doing. Who wouldn’t want advice on how to be a more productive, happier, healthier you?

We at Inspiyr love all things positive, and that’s why we love this list. Here are our personal favorite self-improvement books in whichever area of your life you want to improve!

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Self Improvement Books to Strengthen Productivity, Happiness, Health, and Relationships

Success and Productivity

One of the most popular and common subjects of self-improvement books involves success, productivity, and reaching your goals. After all, it can be difficult to do and requires a lot of dedication and motivation. If you’re feeling you are lacking willpower or are unsure of which direction to take to reach your goals, check out this list!

177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, by Steve Siebold

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen

Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson

Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

The 4-Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss

Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins, by Jason Selk

Doing The Impossible: The 25 Laws for Doing The Impossible, by Patrick Bet-David

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, by Brian Tracy

Beyond the Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Jim Jensen

The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy

Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins

The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz

How Will You Measure Your Life?, by Clayton M. Christensen

Happiness, Stress-Relief, and Spirituality

As we get older, it can be easy to let life overtake and overwhelm us so that we forget who we are and what makes us happy. These self-improvement books can help you figure out ways to relieve your stress, increase your happiness, and find peace with yourself so that you can live your life to the fullest.

Ecstasy of Surrender, by Judith Orloff

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Miguel Ruiz

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl

The Stress Remedy, by Doni Wilson

In Our House, by Marala Scott

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie

The Art of Happiness, by The Dalai Lama

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness, by Daniel G. Amen

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, by Dan Harris

What To Say When You Talk To Yourself, by Shad Helmstetter

The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale

The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

Before Happiness, by Shawn Achor


Health: one of the most important parts of life, but yet the one that is the most overlooked. Don’t neglect your health when you’re at the bookshop!

These self-improvement books are our personal favorites when it comes to keeping your body fit and clean.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, by Gary Taubes

Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, by Gene Stone, T. Colin Campbell, and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr

The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

Paleo Workouts for Dummies, by Pat Flynn and Kellyann Petrucci

It Starts With Food, by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

Our Bodies, Ourselves, by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, by Michael Murray

In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition And The Pleasures of Eating, by Michael Pollan

Food Rules, by Michael Pollan

Color Me Vegan, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis

The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin

The Calorie Myth, by Jonathan Bailor


Love makes the world go round – and that doesn’t just mean love between significant others. There are many relationships that matter to us in our lives, from our parents to our siblings to our friends to our spouses.

However, sometimes, relationships can be complicated. Check out these books on how to improve your relationships.

How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, by Gary Chapman

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by John Gray

Radical Relationship Resource: A Guide for Repairing, Letting Go, or Moving On, by Carol Morgan & Dick Sutphen

He’s Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

The Takeaway

If you’re looking for ways to improve yourself, look no further than your local bookstore. These self-improvement books are our personal favorites, and they’re bound to help you find success and happiness while improving your health and relationships. So what are you waiting for? Read, learn, and improve!


sammy nickallsSammy Nickalls is the Content Manager at She is an avid health nut and a lover of all things avocado. Follow her on Twitter or Pinterest.

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