• Darci Lou

35 Life-Changing Personal Growth Books to have a better year in 2020

Updated: Feb 15, 2020

Sometimes all we need is a good book to change our perspective on an issue, a relationship or on life. Sometimes it only takes a chapter or a sentence. These personal development books are great for inspiration, spurring growth and finding strength. Choose one that piques your interest or a few. Consider sending this type of book to a loved one that you know could use a little boost as well.


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1. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands


2. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life


3. 100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self


4. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World


5. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals


6. Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love



7. Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You


8. The Lemonade Life: How to Fuel Success, Create Happiness, and Conquer Anything


9. 12 Rules for Life - An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson


10. How to Win Friends & Influence People


11. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change


12. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living


13. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less


14. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action



15. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds


16. Outliers: The Story of Success


17. How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom


18. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (Random House Large Print)


19. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson


20. Everything Is Figureoutable


21. Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes


22. Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do


23. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person


24. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You


25. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing



26. Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life


27. The 5 Personality Patterns: Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity


28. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference


29. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life


30. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking


31. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team


32. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't



33. Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness


34. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently


35. Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs