I've had valuable life experiences and education, but there's a larger influence worthy of mentioning: BOOKS.
Let's take a peek inside my bedroom. I know...how did we get from books to my bedroom? Settle down! My bookshelves are in there. Sweet, glorious TROPHIES OF KNOWLEDGE line these shelves. Each one of them has a purpose.
I've got books for love, eliminating bad habits, parenting, life in general, happiness, religion, and more. These aren't random books. Gasp...these are the BEST OF THE BEST. Shall we take a peek? Ignore the wear and tear. They might even have lunch residue from from 1999 on them (Don't judge)!
HABITS & CHANGE
I wouldn't change a thing about anybody...said nobody ever! This is a fun, easy reference to basic psychology behind why people do what they do and how to circumvent these nuances (annoyances). It's also a great guide for breaking your own self-defeating habits. Want to eliminate guilt? Lose weight? Or make someone responsible?
There is nothing better out there to conquer stubborn habits and encourage change, more easily, than hypnosis. Nothing! As the book states, this is a very comprehensive manual for almost all habit under the sun and a few hidden in your closet too. Got 30 min a day for 30 days? It's worth it! From allergy relief to accomplishing career goals.
FAMILY & PARENTING
Moving through life, this book covers everything from dating to marriage to childbirth. This book goes into unapologetic detail and doesn't leave out the nitty gritty of all things life and relationships we'll have throughout our life. The author is the pioneer of hypnosis. His techniques are still used in medical and professional practices.
If you're old enough to remember Mr. Rogers, you'll know this guy was well-respected and loved by all. No one understood children better than him. If you're not old enough to know what the heck I'm talking about, use those Googling skills God gave you. From everyday rules to step families, got you covered!
Just like the book above, this isn't the author's most well-known book, but it is their best. Don Miguel Ruiz is known for the book, "The Four Agreements". However, this one is the best books for love, relationships, and dating or marriage. There is one, among many, analogies in here that changed my view of relationships forever. The chapter is called "The Magical Kitchen." "Healing the Emotional Body" is also a terrific chapter. Just read it already!
Never in my life have I seen the amount of diets out there as I have in the last few years. It's all so confusing. Unless you have specific health issues, this book is the best release from diet mentality and a yo-yo/ so-so life of agonizing over food. From discovering what kind of eater you are to making peace with food, this is your guide! Before you read another diet book, read this first!
I've had my fair share of health problems, even as young as I am. Ironically I've led a very healthy life. This book is for anyone who deals with health complications. It also dives head first into the topic of the mind-body connection. I took a few college courses on this, but honestly this book is superior to anything else out there on the subject. Notable quote: "With happiness, you can give a person life."
BUSINESS, CAREER, SUCCESS
I like guides- rather than books that give me some feel-good phrases, I like something that has meat on it's bones. This book is full of substance. The author guides you through each chapter with "homework" that actually helps and doesn't feel like homework. Its a very proactive read and led me to a better career change.
HAPPINESS & SPIRITUALITY
Sorry, the cover leaf is missing. It's like the happiness Bible so I've gotten a lot of use out of it. It's called: "The Art of Happiness" by The Dalai Lama. Yes, it's a good guide for discovering the path to happy BUT it's also a great guide for emotions and riding the waves of the good and bad in life. Finding contentment and joy is far better than the short-lived "happy" that everyone is questing for.
RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY
Remember all those questions you had about God or a higher power? Come on, even if you don't believe in God you had to arrive at that conclusion at some point and ask yourself if there is one. This book answered questions that I thought impossible. It also addresses the age-old question about why bad things happen. Not much of a reader? The movie will be coming out soon- based on this book.
I'm passionate about no-nonsense self-improvement. Too many of us are plagued by faulty thought patterns- I aim to change that!