One of the best habits I’ve picked up while recovering from severe depression & anxiety is reading. I’m a huge fan of self-help books and like with anything else you do, if you are willing to take the time and do the work offered in these books, amazing things can happen.

Also, there is something special about finding that quiet spot to sit and read a book. It’s amazing to feed your mind with uplifting content that will enrich your life for years to come. Reading is essential to achieve knowledge on a subject that you are passionate about, to get more insight, to improve a certain aspect of your life or just to better interact with others.

Don’t have time to sit and read? Try AudioBooks.

It’s a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. You can listen to a book while you are commuting to and from work or while jogging or sitting at your kid’s soccer practice.

Never underestimate the power of reading. Your future self will thank you for it.

Here are my picks for your reading pleasure in 2019.

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The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

 In his new book The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing and do anything in order to have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, you simply have yet to unlock the 9 Secrets to Happiness. 

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

If you are an over-thinker, like me, you will benefit from this book. You will learn to live in the now and not stress about the past or worry about the future. You will encounter moments of peace through this reading and be reminded of how important it is to live in the moment and not get distracted by all the things happening around us. 
The Power of Now serves as an excellent guide to overcoming ego consciousness.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose 

 I had to get this book after I read the review from Oprah Winfrey. She said:  “This book is a wake-up call for the entire planet, one reader at a time. It helps us to distance ourselves from our egos . . . and to open ourselves to a higher self. . . . It helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” 
This is a great self-development book and I’m taking my time reading it, as I have to stop and reflect on things before I can continue. Very inspiring and transformational.

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Feeling overwhelmed and struggling with anxiety? This book offers easy to follow instructions on how to free yourself from negative thoughts and start the journey of self-development. This book is easy to read and it summarizes effective methods for immediate results.

Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and Overcome Your Shame 

​It’s everything the title says and more. Filled with insights, it offers strategies to create self-awareness, emotional health and self-healing. Absolutely amazing.

SELF HELP: 12 Things You Can Do That Will Drastically Improve Your Life

Steps to start living a better life are easily explained in this book. An important reminder that small changes can create a huge impact on our lives and the lives of others around us. Easy to read and you can easily apply the techniques offered to improve our lives.

Here is the book that I’m currently reading:

The Secret

I’ve heard a lot of awesome reviews about this book so I asked my hubby to get it for me for Christmas. I’m loving it.

The Secret contains clear principles on how to live your life in accordance with the natural laws of the Universe, but the important thing for every person is to LIVE IT.

Now, with The Secret Daily Teachings, Rhonda Byrne takes you through a year of teachings, sharing wisdom and insights for living in harmony with the laws that govern all human beings, so that you may become the master of your life.

Building upon The Secret’s powerful truths, your knowledge of the law of attraction is about to expand far beyond what you can imagine. More joy, more abundance, more magnificence – every single day of the year.” – Amazon

How about you? What books have you read lately that made an impact on your life?

Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Take care,


Giselle Oliveira

Lifestyle Blogger. Aspiring Entrepreneur. Meditation Enthusiast. She uses mindfulness techniques to overcome anxiety. Giselle is a wife, a mom to 2 adorable boys and a Pinterest lover.