As a big reader and avid book-recommender, I wanted to offer some recommendations.  

Here are some of my all-time favorite books on self-compassion, positive psychology, creating change, and increasing resilience.

if there's something I should add to my list- I'd love to hear from you!

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Learning to love yourself well is a lifelong practice.  Use these books to guide your self-work  to a more wholehearted and compassionate way of being (click the image to order one).

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown walks you through 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living that will bring you more excitement and ease with practice.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown walks you through 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living that will bring you more excitement and ease with practice.

Learning skills for Self Compassion is vital to changing the unhealthy patterns most of us have in our internal relationship.  This book is full of action to take to change your life.

Learning skills for Self Compassion is vital to changing the unhealthy patterns most of us have in our internal relationship.  This book is full of action to take to change your life.

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Dr. Christopher Germer helps you deepen your mindfulnes and meditation practice in a self-loving way.

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Dr. Christopher Germer helps you deepen your mindfulnes and meditation practice in a self-loving way.

In I thought it was just me, Brene BRown outlines the interconnected humanness that weaves through us all.  

In I thought it was just me, Brene BRown outlines the interconnected humanness that weaves through us all.  

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Positive Psychology (the science of happiness) looks at what makes us happy short term and what sustains our joy long term.  Use these books to bring happiness into your own life (click the image to order a copy).

The Happiness Advantage,  Dr. Shawn Achor

The Happiness Advantage, 

Dr. Shawn Achor

Authentic Happiness Dr. Martin Seligman

Authentic Happiness

Dr. Martin Seligman

Happiness Thich Nhat Hanh

Happiness

Thich Nhat Hanh

The How of Happiness Dr. Sonia Lyubomirsky

The How of Happiness

Dr. Sonia Lyubomirsky

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Living with intention and purpose makes for a more fulfilling life in general.  Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map Series is my favorite way to identify purpose and live in daily connection with our core values (click the image to order your own copy).

The original book, The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte will walk you through identifying what you really want in life

The original book, The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte will walk you through identifying what you really want in life

I highly recommend using this workbook to deepen your connection to purpose as you read her full book.  Take a deep dive into The Desire Map Workbook by Danielle LaPorte

I highly recommend using this workbook to deepen your connection to purpose as you read her full book.  Take a deep dive into The Desire Map Workbook by Danielle LaPorte

This is the only day planner I use.  Imagine each and every week re-focusing on your core desires and clearest intentions- What might happen?

This is the only day planner I use.  Imagine each and every week re-focusing on your core desires and clearest intentions- What might happen?

When you want a quick a booster shot of inspiration and focus, this simple and powerful oracle deck will get you there.  Based on the Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

When you want a quick a booster shot of inspiration and focus, this simple and powerful oracle deck will get you there.  Based on the Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

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You want to make a change, but this time you want to make it last.  Here are my four favorite books to help you implement sustainable lasting change in your life (click the images to order your own copy).

If you've lost connection with your personal purpose Martha Beck's book will walk you through how to get back in alignment with what matters most.

If you've lost connection with your personal purpose Martha Beck's book will walk you through how to get back in alignment with what matters most.

Focusing on what you're best at and the unique gifts you bring can help you orient change for success.  Read this to uncover your potential.

Focusing on what you're best at and the unique gifts you bring can help you orient change for success.  Read this to uncover your potential.

For a more spiritual approach to making big life changes happen read Pema Chodron's Taking the Leap.

For a more spiritual approach to making big life changes happen read Pema Chodron's Taking the Leap.

Learning to show up authentically in the world and recover (compassionately) from mistakes is a HUGE part of making lasting change.  Here's how to grow those skills.

Learning to show up authentically in the world and recover (compassionately) from mistakes is a HUGE part of making lasting change.  Here's how to grow those skills.

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I know it's not easy, but sometimes reading about the experiences of others and getting printed advice is one of the best ways to pull yourself through.  These are four of my favorite books for living through hard stuff (click the images to order a copy).

If you're looking for spiritual guidance on what to do call on Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart.

If you're looking for spiritual guidance on what to do call on Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart.

If you want empathy and stories about other people living through challenges read Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.  Click the image to order your copy

If you want empathy and stories about other people living through challenges read Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.  Click the image to order your copy

If you need a laugh, and you want to know you're not alone in sadness read Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. 

If you need a laugh, and you want to know you're not alone in sadness read Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. 

When you're barely hanging on and you want some real talk about survival, read Kate Bornstein 101 Alternatives to Suicide.

When you're barely hanging on and you want some real talk about survival, read Kate Bornstein 101 Alternatives to Suicide.