Books are good for us; they challenge us, motivate us, and give us cathartic experiences. But most importantly, books offer guidance to becoming better human beings.

 

If you are struggling to find meaning and need advice on how to live a better life, these are give books that can change how you interact and see the world.

 

 

“Thrive” by Ariana Huffington

(Amazon)

(Amazon)

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more than a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep.

 

Arianna Huffington, the founder of “The Huffington Post” wants to change that notion.

 

In 2007, she was working crazy hours as the editor-in-chief of her blog and as the mother of two daughters. She later collapsed from exhaustion in her home, smashing her cheekbone on her desk.

 

Now, she is one of our generation’s leading sleep evangelists. Here, she emphasizes that the only way we can “thrive” in our busy world is if we actually take time to decompress and reflect. She recommends taking real vacations; limiting your consumption of technology, especially before bed; and embarking on meditation and naps.

 

Huffington has installed “sleeping pods” in her offices where employees can rest during the day if need be. While we all are trying to find a cure in how to live better and more productive lives, Huffington offers a practical, wise and easy solution: Simply rest, and then we can thrive.

 

“The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren

(Good Reads)

(Good Reads)

Are you struggling with figuring out what you were meant to do or what you were placed on this earth for?

 

According to a study published by NPR, people with a sense of purpose have a 15 percent lower risk of death. “Purpose” can extend to taking care of family, contributing to social change, or working in a job you love.

 

We all want to know we have purpose on this Earth. “The Purpose Driven Life” explores how every human was created for a reason and why it is imperative we unleash that. It answers one of life’s most challenging questions: “Why am I here and what was I made to do?”

 

Swimmer Michael Phelps, boxer Manny Pacquiao, and hockey player Mike Fisher have all referenced this book as an inspiration — because it reaffirms that all of us were created to leave something special in this earth.

 

“The Defining Decade” by Meg Jay

(NPR)

(NPR)

As a young, recent postgraduate, entering my twenties has been one of the most daunting things. Meg Jay notices that millennials delay the responsibilities of adulthood like finding a career, home or serious relationship out of fear or a misconception that the “thirties are the new twenties.” Jay dispels that theory, writing that the twenties are an important decade since work, relationships, personality, identity and the brain all change significantly more during this time than any other period in adulthood.

 

It will challenge twentysomethings to be more intentional in their work, personal lives and with their families.

 

 

“Wildflower” by Drew Barrymore

(Vulture)

(Vulture)

An actress that embodies the title of her memoir to the truest form, “Wildflower” is a sweet series of vignettes that narrates memorable tales of Barrymore’s childhood as an emancipated teenager to becoming a loving daughter and wife.

 


“Wildflower” is a sweet read because it offers a personal look into the lives of one of the most famous women in the world–Barrymore is honest about her flawed relationships with her parents, her ambitions, her hopes and fears for her daughters and even her mishaps like making mistakes in the kitchen. It reminds us that celebrities are real people.

 

“Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis

(Overdrive)

(Overdrive)

A brave all-star teenager embarks on a journey to volunteer in Uganda before going off to college, only to find out she never wants to come back. It is only after she establishes a ministry, adopts 13 children, and learns about the real value of love that readers actually understand what it means to “do good” in this world.

 

Reading about the greatness, sacrifices and the commitment of other people often is what gives people the drive to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and achieve their dreams. Katie Davis’s journey to discovering the meaning of love reminds readers it is what we give that really counts.

 

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