Feeling a little down, insecure or unsure about some things in life lately? You’ve probably heard of these books at one point or another, but reading them could actually change your perspective on life, love and work. Below are five books you can’t go wrong picking up. Warning: They will leave a smile on your face.
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson
In this heartwarming book, Mitch Albom reconnects with Morrie Schwartz, his mentor and college professor from 20 years ago. Knowing he will die soon, Morrie visits with Mitch every Tuesday in his old study like they used to do when Mitch was his student. This book recounts their last “classes” together, in which Morrie shares life’s greatest lessons. Tuesdays with Morrie is sure to warm your heart and change your perspective on life.
God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours
Written by Regina Brett, a popular newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, this book will have you looking at life’s problems in a whole new way. When Brett turned 50, she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life had taught her and shared her struggles in becoming a single parent, with failed relationships, with spirituality and in overcoming cancer. Her book expands on this column with personal essays and offers inspiring lessons, like “Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.” You won’t go wrong checking this book out, even if you’re not 50 years old yet.
The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch’s book was based on his last lecture, called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” given at Carnegie Mellon University in September 2007. Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which left him with little time to live. Before he passed away, Pausch was featured on Oprah, during which he gave a sample of his “last lecture.” The book discusses everything he wanted his children to know about life and important things he wanted them to know about him. His inspiring book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, as Pausch repeatedly reminds readers to live life to the fullest.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
In this New York Times #1 bestseller, Gretchen Rubin shares her year-long journey in discovering happiness. It’s not as preachy as the title may seem, and it’s quite easy and fun to read. It includes tips on spirituality, relationships and parenting, as well as lessons in enjoying the little things life has to offer. There’s no way you can read this book and not feel happier, even if just a bit.
The Book of Awesome
Similar to The Happiness Project, Neil Pasricha’s book is an instant mood lifter that reminds you it’s the little things in life that can make you happy. The book is based on the award-winning blog 1000awesomethings.com, in which the author counts the little things in life that leave big smiles on our faces, like popping bubble wrap or waking up thinking it’s Monday but finding out it’s Saturday. You simply cannot read this amusing book without grinning. It might even leave you feeling like a kid who thinks everything is awesome!