You Can Help Yourself With These Books


TS-495235369 Self Help BookscropBy Katherine Sharma

I’m sure you’ve noticed that self-help books are frequently best sellers. Just a glance at The New York Times’ current nonfiction best sellers finds 10% Happier by Dan Harris (how the co-anchor of Nightline used meditation to improve his life) and Thrive by Arianna Huffington (personal well-being as a measure of success, along with money and power).

7 habitsI’ve read my share of self-help books, but I’ve thrown out (and forgotten) more career, health, relationship, and spiritual guides than I’ve kept. So I began to wonder which entries in the self-help genre have stood the test of time and may merit a permanent place on my bookshelf — and maybe yours. There are lots of recommendations out there, but when I combine them all together, I come up with two winners per pundits, popular acclaim and my own experience: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Harvard MBA Stephen Covey, and How to Win Friends and Influence People by super-salesman Dale Carnegie, published in the 1930s and still going strong.

man's searchOther consistently championed books are The Power of Now by philosopher Eckhart Tolle, Man’s Search for Meaning by concentration-camp survivor Viktor Frankl, Awaken the Giant Within by motivational guru Anthony Robbins, The Road Less Traveled by psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, bringing the “law of attraction” of earlier writers to new audiences. So if you find yourself troubled by basic questions — who am I, what do I really want, and how do I get from where I am now to where I want to be — check out these books. For more top-rated self-help guides, consider other picks by sources as varied as Amazon, Reader’s Digest, and Elle magazine.


Katherine Sharma’s family roots are in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. But after her early childhood in Texas, she has moved around the country and lived in seven other states, from Virginia to Hawaii. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and makes regular visits to family in India. After receiving her bachelor’s degree. in economics and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Katherine worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years. She then shifted into management and marketing roles for firms in industries ranging from outdoor recreation to insurance to direct marketing. Although Katherine still works as a marketing consultant, she is now focused on creative writing.

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