Incredibly Motivating Books You Should Read

Sometimes I struggle with motivating myself and there are some amazing books out there to help and send you in a different direction. I love self-help and motivational books as I really feel they help me get out of a slog when I’m feeling a little lost.

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The Little Book of Hygge & The Little Book of Lykke 

These are two of my favourite books on my shelf which I often return to again and again. The first book being ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ this was then followed by ‘The Little Book of Lykke’ both written by Meik Wiking. Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. It’s well-known for being the happiest country in the world and I was lucky enough to visit Copenhagen earlier this year.


Hygge in a basic Danish translation means “cosiness” and each book teaches you to take a little time, appreciate the small things and take care of yourself. The book itself is filled with pretty images but plenty of rich text you can learn from.

“Whether you’re cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends, hygge is about creating an atmosphere where we can let your guard down.”


Notes on a Nervous Planet written by Matt Haig 

Notes on a Nervous Planet is the latest Matt Haig book and I loved it even more than his first book ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’. The book tackles important subjects such as internet anxieties, life overload and how a stressed out world affects us in our everyday life. It provides insightful knowledge, tips and lists to get through certain struggles in life. His style of writing makes it an easy read and doesn’t overwhelm you with too much information which is great if you’re wanting insightful reading with little time.

“After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.”


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying written by Marie Kondo 

I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying as I felt it might help with my serious clutter problem. I often feel like I own so much stuff and baggage that I really don’t need. The biggest takeaway from this book is the focus on joy – does this object give you joy? If not, discard it. She speaks about discarding mental clutter as well as real life objects which is really helpful if you’re feeling overwhelmed and surrounded by chaos.

“The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight.”


#GirlBoss written by Sophia Amoruso 

#GirlBoss shows the struggles and successes of Sophia Amoruso, CEO of NastyGal. It’s certainly an inspiring and motivating book and the way she moves through her struggles and problems is likely the most motivating part.

“Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSScovers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn’t come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.”


Thank you for reading.

Jas x


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