10 Self-Help Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

Sometimes we need some advice on how to improve our well-being and mental states and self-help books can be ideal tools to help you face the issues in your life. With books for a range people, issues and lifestyles, we have everything covered in our range, but how do you know if they'll actually work for you? We've compiled our list of 10 self-help books that will actually change your life, with guidance on whether it's right for you and whatever you might want to improve in your life right now.

1. 100 Small Ways to Manage Time

Oliver Luke Delorie

For: the time-poor and disorganised

This handy book aims to help you learn to manage your time better with, as the title suggests, 100 different methods and suggestions on how to manage your time. But that's not all, Oliver Luke Delorie gives advice on how to prioritise your workload, how to realise which tasks need your attention right away and which you can return to later on. If you struggle with time management, you will suffer no more with this brilliant little self-help book.

2. Kindness

Jaime Thurston

For: people who want to feel like their life has more meaning

Jaime Thurston is the founder of the charity 52 Lives which aims to change the life of a stranger every week of the year. Using the suggestions from the people the charity has worked with comes Kindness, with 52 actions you can do to spread kindness and positivity in your life, helping both the people around you and improving your own well-being. The book also features inspirational quotes and stories to encourage you to live your best life through the art of kindness.

3. Happy Mum, Happy Baby

Giovanna Fletcher

For: mums and parents who feel like they're struggling

Author and vlogger, Giovanna Fletcher, details all the joys and struggles of being a mother. Drawing on her own personal experiences, Giovanna, a Celebrity Mum of the Year, teaches you to be more confident in your abilities as a parent and presents the idea that being a positive and happy mother makes positive and happy children. If you're struggling with parenthood or are a mother in need of a relatable self-help book, then this is the perfect book for you.

4. What Would Freud Do?

Sarah Tomley

For: people who're searching for answers

Sarah Tomley's genius self-help book tackles all the tough questions we have in life, to the big life questions to the smaller niggly issues we face from day-to-day, and presents the answers the world's most famous psychologists would give. Using the theories of some of the biggest names in psychology, including Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Wilfred Bion, Sarah gives you all the answers you need in this clever little book.

5. I Want to be Calm

Harriet Griffey

For: the stressed-out and people running on adrenaline

If stress is taking over your life and keeping you from happiness and a state of good mental well-being then this book is sure to help you overcome the stress and feel calm again. With practical tips including breathing techniques and meditation, Harriet Griffey takes a 'Small steps, big changes' approach to teaching yourself to be calm.

6. Open Up: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

Gemma Cairney

For: teens learning to cope with teenage issues

This fantastic self-help book by Radio 1's agony aunt, Gemma Cairney, is aimed at girls in their late teens (15 years +) and offers advice covering a range of topics from mental health to sex to family issues. In its journal-style, the book aims to encourage open and honest talk about the real issues young women face when growing up into adulthood. Gemma's writing is mixed with advice from experts and is perfect as a present for a daughter or niece.

7. The Secret

Rhonda Byrne

For: pessimists and skeptics who want to feel more positive

The Secret uses the Law of Attraction to show how by positive thinking, you can achieve anything you want in life. Rhonda Byrne explains how for centuries people have been using the ideas in The Secret to achieve greatness, including Plato and Leonardo Da Vinci, and she shares these ideas with you so that you may see how this new way of thinking can impact your life. Learn The Secret and you'll get everything you want through the power of thought.

8. Failed It!

Erik Kessels

For: people who've faced adversity and failure and need inspiration

This self-help book focuses on how mistakes are necessary in the creative process. Erik Kessels teaches you to be unafraid of failure and willing to put yourself into positions where mistakes are possible. Failed It! is part photobook and there are various examples of when mistakes paid off in various creative forms, such as art, photography, architecture and more. This hilarious book will help you feel better about the mistakes you've made in the past and more than willing to make more in the future.

9. Eat That Frog!

Brian Tracy

For: procrastinators

Brian Tracy aims to help you work through your to-do list by ensuring that the most important tasks are always done first. The book's title comes from a saying that if you ate a live frog every morning, you'd have the joy of knowing that that was the worst thing you'd do all day. With this in mind, if the frog becomes whichever task you're most dreading, Brian gives you tips and advice to make sure to always tackle the frogs first. His ideas on time management are focused on decision, discipline and determination and you will be fully capable of managing your time like a pro by the end of the book.

10. Spark Joy

Marie Kondo

For: the messy types who live in clutter but want to be more organised

Spark Joy brings happiness into your home, giving you a room-by-room guide to decluttering your home. Marie Kondo takes you through how to arrange your storage spaces and encourages you to ask yourself the question, 'does it spark joy?' when it comes to deciding what items to keep and what to give away. This handy self-help book helps to keep you organised and declutter your home and life.

To still help your mind further, check out our full range of self-help books.

  • Spark Joy - Paperback - 9781785041020 - Marie Kondo
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    The author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo's KonMari method has already helped transform the lives of millions and in Spark Joy she provides a room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home.

    With line drawings that explain how to properly organise drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and cabinets, as well as Marie's unique folding method, this book shows you how to use her 'does it spark joy?' method to clear clothes, photographs, paperwork, books, cutlery, wallets and other valuables.

    Encouraging you to focus on what you want to keep and not what you want to get rid of, this book will help you surround yourself with things you love - and decide on what you really need.

    Please note the format of this book was incorrectly advertised in our catalogue. This is a paperback edition.
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    Sarah Tomley's What Would Freud Do? provides enlightening commentary on the world's greatest psychologists' answers to some of life's most important questions.

    Tomley reveals what Wilfred Bion would say about your horrible boss's behaviour, how Carl Jung would feel about your midlife crisis and even how Eric Berne would respond to the immortal question 'Does my bum look big in this?'

    From the deep and meaningful to the shallow and meaningless, this book will help you answer everything from 'What am I like?' to 'Why can't I find Mr. or Mrs Right?'
  • I Want to be Calm - Hardback - 9781742709321 - Harriet Griffey
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    Taking the motto 'Small steps, big changes' as its mantra, following I Want to Be Calm's advice can help you escape the stress of day-to-day life and help keep you from feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

    It provides innovative and practical solutions that cover the connection between body and mind and also showcases breathing techniques and meditation techniques that can be used to help you integrate a degree of calm into your personal and professional relationships.

    A perfect book for anyone who wants to de-stress, refocus and achieve more with less effort.
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    A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experimentation. It showcases the best and most hilarious examples of imperfection and failure across a broad range of creative forms, including art, design, photography, architecture and product design, to inspire and encourage creatives to embrace and celebrate their mistakes. We live in an era when everyone is striving for perfection and we have become afraid of failure, which limits our potential. Mistakes help us find new ways of thinking and innovative solutions, and failures can change our perceptions and open up new ways of looking things. This book transforms mistakes from something to be embarrassed about into a cause for celebration. It includes over 150 visual examples drawn from Kessels personal collection of artworks and found photographs, along with tips, quotes, anecdotes and wisdom for celebrating with failure. To quote Kessels: 'the ubiquity of Apple + Z, means that we can literally undo any mistake before it has had time to breathe, be considered and - perhaps - evolve into something else: a fascinating, strange, provocative or even original piece of work. This book asks readers to embrace their fuck-ups, learn from them and celebrate their tawdry glory'.
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    'Open is surely set to become THE must-have manual for young women navigating the often-tempestuous waters of their teenage years' - LoveReading4Kids

    Radio 1's resident agony aunt and popular television personality Gemma Cairney provides honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful elements of growing up in Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be.

    From mental health to family issues and the perils and joys of first love, she covers a range of issues with frankness and understanding. Gemma draws on both her own life experiences and the insight she has gained as an agony aunt to provide comfort to teens (aged 14 plus) who are finding life difficult.

    Alongside her practical advice are tips from experts and a series of appealing illustrations, all presented in a refreshing journal style. There is even space for readers to note down their own thoughts and solutions to life's big questions.

    This book provides open and honest advice on a range of important and mature issues including mental health, sex and abuse.
    We believe it is a must-have for mature teens but please read beforehand if you have any concerns about its suitability.
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    This book does exactly what its title indicates - it provides you with 100 small ways of managing your oh-so valuable time. Presented in a handy compact format, it's bursting with tips and advice to help you control your day.

    Explaining how to do things smarter and quicker, it tells you how to handle various important issues and even when you should do things right away and when you should leave a little while before tackling them.

    Written in a more accessible style than many other self-help manuals, this little book will inspire you, motivate you and equip you for whatever lies ahead.
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    After being awarded the Celebrity Mum of the Year title, Giovanna Fletcher talks about what a positive and uplifting experience raising children is in Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

    Although she covers the physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by mothers, Giovanna focuses on the positives of family life and explains the lessons she has learned through her parenthood journey so far.

    Married to McFly's Tom Fletcher, Giovanna and her family are hugely popular and in this book she encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can inspire babies and children to also be happier.
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    Inspired by the film of the same name, Rhonda Byrne's The Secret contains an incredible revelation that will change your life.

    In this book, she explains how to use The Secret to live a better life. It can help you get better with money, improve your health, save a relationship and increase your happiness.

    Learn from modern-day teachers who have used The Secret to achieve wealth and a more positive outlook on life and learn how you can eradicate obstacles that get in the way of your best life.
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    Fully revised and updated with additional content - this is a brand new edition of the bestselling Eat That Frog! There just isn't enough time for everything on our 'To Do' list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using 'eat that frog' as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day - the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life - Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You'll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done. Bestselling author Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline, and determination. In this fully revised and updated second edition, he provides brand new information on how to keep technology from dominating your time. He details twenty-one practical and doable steps that will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done - today!
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    We could all do with a little more kindness in our lives and this beautifully illustrated gift book finds Jaime Thurston (the founder of charity 52 Lives) explaining how much of a big difference a small act of kindness can make.

    It uses the voices of those who the charity has helped to offer 52 simple actions that anyone can do to spread kindness and positivity. It explains how being kind can also have a huge effect on your own happiness as well as those who you help.

    Inspiring people to live a more connected and fulfilling life, this book is also packed with inspirational quotes and plenty of personal stories to inspire you. Among the suggestions it makes are: Be a Seat Vigilante
    Be Kind to Unkind People
    Lend Your Ear