Previously, I have written on the benefits of reading, but self-help books deserve a blog all to themselves.
Reading self-help books can serve many purposes. Some do so to learn new information or skills. Others may want to satisfy a curiosity about a certain topic, or acquire a different perspective on something. Or we might seek out a particular self-help book that addresses exactly what we think we need in the never ending pursuit of personal growth.
The value of self-help books is infinite. They can motivate, inspire, teach, comfort, excite, offer guidance or advice, encourage and expand your awareness. They can help you recognize self limiting beliefs, and guide you in gaining insight into who you are and how you tick.
But of all the benefits of reading self-help books, my favourite lies in its ability to make you realize you are not alone on any given path. That chances are, there are others who are on a similar, if not the same path. It is that magical feeling of knowing that someone out there was able to put into words what you could only grasp as an abstract concept. Humans are social beings, so knowing someone else out there is experiencing what you are acts as a soothing balm.
Discovering a self-help book that really resonates with you can be like finding a missing piece to the puzzle. Consider it an investment in yourself – which at its core is self-care.
So grab a cup of tea, and a self-help book that’s been calling your name and enjoy the sense of clarity it can bring.