Recommended books for personal growth

The Five Things We Cannot Change by David Richo
David Richo writes that there are five “Givens” of life that we should all learn to accept and not argue about when they happen to us. And all of them will happen to us, and trying to fight them will only make us suffer more. These valuable principles can make a big difference in anyone’s life, and I’d highly recommend this book for both the challenge and the reward it offers.

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
Nathaniel Branden asserts it’s crucial to figure out that self-esteem comes from how you feel about yourself. When we let outside things, like the opinions of other people, control our self-esteem, we give up control over our happiness. With a lot of detail, beautifully written prose, and helpful information all the way through, this book shows us how to feel worthy and capable in life. This book is so important because it affects every part of life.

Emotional Resilience by David Viscott
This book intends to help you build and keep your emotional resilience, so you can face the complicated threats of the present and deal with them well without getting tired, feeling bad about yourself, or second-guessing your actions.  Read this book to figure out what’s bothering you and stopping you from feeling free and happy right now!!

Happy Money by Ken Honda
Happy Money is a great read, and I highly recommend it. As the book’s title suggests, the primary idea underlying Happy Money is that most of us have reached a developmental standstill regarding our relationship with money. In most cases, we don’t even realize that we’ve internalized our parents’ ideas about money until we’re well into adulthood. Internalized beliefs cause problems with money and finances for most people. According to Ken, how you feel about money reflects how you think about life; therefore, you should treat both equally.

When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate, MD
This book gives excellent insight into sickness and stress. Mate explains why stress affects our health and invites disease and illness. Valuable insight is offered on our strategies to deal with trauma, abuse, and neglect, and how to delve inside and identify the tiny and significant horrors we learned to ignore and hide.

Self-Reg by Dr. Stuart Shanker
Self-Reg offers an excellent insight into how, under excessive stimulation, the ’emotional center’ of the brain hijacks the ‘reasoning center.’ Reactive behaviors need compassion and discernment rather than discipline. Self-Reg is an excellent resource for laying the groundwork for children to become resilient, joyful, and successful. A must-read for any parent whose kid struggles with anxiety, attention, meltdowns, violence, or difficulty.

How to Be an Adult in Relationships by David Richo
David Richo does an excellent job of helping us identify our behaviors that stem from an unhealthy ego and childhood defenses. He assists his reader in developing liberating techniques and mindsets that increase the potential to establish authentic mature adult relationships. David writes about the Zen approach towards mindful living and giving others what we ourselves want from them:  attention, acceptance, admiration, love, and letting them be themselves. This book will show you what it takes to maintain relationships over time.

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