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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it

Eckhart Tolle A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

The purpose of a self help book is to instruct readers regarding the solving of personal problems. The name of this particular genre comes from a best-seller titled Self-help. It was written in 1859 by Samuel Smiles. However this type of book is also classified under self improvement. When first published they were in their own little niche. But during the late twentieth century they became a postmodern cultural phenomenon.

The history of self-help literature

Guides to everyday behaviors have been around as long as writing. Ancient Egyptian “Codes” of conduct is one example of a self-help book. And many consider the Bible to the most significant of self-help books. Classical Rome has a couple of examples that became guides that spanned many centuries. Cicero’s On Friendship and On Duties became the handbook to have.

However, it wasn’t until the last few hundred years or so that self help books have enjoyed such cultural prominence. The books themselves are views in a number of different ways. There are critics and fans of this genre, but that can be said about most literature.

This genre of literature draws from the experiences of self-help support groups and as such are often written in the first-person and choose to use conversation.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Top self help books for 2018

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Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

Includes tools and tactics from more than 130 of the world’s top performers. Including advice from iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, artists to billionaires

by Tim Ferriss

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A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional living

Written by a busy mom, wife, entrepreneur and bestselling author. She shares her systems, strategies and methods for clearing out the clutter and organizing priorities throughout life

by Emily Ley

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them

Epictetus, Enchiridion