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7 New Self-Help Books for People Who Hate Self-Help Books

Happiness Psychology

“Be sure to keep a gratitude journal! Don’t forget to meditate! And when in doubt, just stay positive!!”

If you’re getting a little tired of these nuggets of self-help wisdom, you’re not alone. They’re not exactly bad advice—they just don’t resonate with everyone. And that’s OK! There are other pathways to greater wellness and well-being. In fact, if you’re looking for a fresh new take on the whole concept of self-help, look no further than the seven excellent reads below.

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Happiness Is Overrated: Simple Lessons on Finding Meaning in Each Moment

By Cuong Lu

Stop chasing happiness and reconnect to the meaning of each moment through this practical guide, told through vignettes of life training as a Buddhist monk under world-renowned spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Cuong Lu, in the Next Big Idea App

A Pity Party Is Still a Party: A Feel-Good Guide to Feeling Bad

By Chelsea Harvey Garner

What if all the advice we’ve received about “looking on the bright side” is wrong? What if sadness is actually the key to happiness, and can even be… fun? A beloved psychotherapist is here to make that case, arguing that it’s not enough for us to tolerate hard feelings; we need to embrace them. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Chelsea Harvey Garner, in the Next Big Idea App

Arrangements in Blue: Notes on Loving and Living Alone

By Amy Key

What happens when the romance we are all told will give life meaning never presents itself? Now single in her forties, an acclaimed poet explores the sweeping scales of romantic feeling as she has encountered them, using Joni Mitchell’s album Blue as an expressive anchor. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Amy Key, in the Next Big Idea App

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

By Mark Manson

A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. Listen to our professionally-read Book Bite summary in the Next Big Idea App

The Sunny Nihilist: A Declaration of the Pleasure of Pointlessness

By Wendy Syfret

When you let go of the idea that everything must have purpose, you will find relief from stress, exhaustion, and anxiety. Most importantly, you can embrace the opportunity to enjoy the moment, the present, the chaos and luck of being alive at all. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Wendy Syfret, in the Next Big Idea App

The Good-Enough Life

By Avram Alpert

A Princeton University lecturer shows how our obsession with greatness results in stress and anxiety, damage to our relationships, widespread political and economic inequality, and destruction of the natural world. He describes how to move beyond greatness to create a society in which everyone flourishes. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Avram Alpert, in the Next Big Idea App

Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy

By Whitney Goodman

A powerful guide to owning our emotions—even the difficult ones—in order to show up authentically in the world, from the popular therapist behind the Instagram account @sitwithwhit. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Whitney Goodman, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

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