5 Personal Development Books – Recommended by Teri

Published in Wellness Author: Carris Health

A great personal development book can change your life—by changing habits, goals and perspective. We are excited to share this guest post from Teri Smith, Director of the Redwood Falls Public Library! Teri shares some great recommendations for personal development books that you can check out from the library.

1. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

I like the personal aspect of this book and the way Clayton says most personal development books tell you what to think, not how to think. Clayton helps you learn how to think and then how to act on those thoughts. Clayton helps people reach decisions on their own by guiding them and helping them look at  many aspects of their life. I also like how the book is broken into three sections, or aspects of a person’s life- happiness and success in career, happiness in relationships, and leading a life of integrity.

Summary:
How Will You Measure Your Life is an inspirational book which helps each of us think about our lives and find satisfaction, happiness, and direction, while achieving a fulfilling life.

2. What Happy People Know by Dan Baker, Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth

According to this book, happiness is a way of life. It is something you choose and have control over. It is not an emotion or a feeling, but a way you can learn to live. I like that this book talks about the twelve qualities of a happy life and tells how to achieve those qualities of life. Some people think they have no control  over their lives, but this book shows you that is not true. It may take some effort, but it is possible.

Summary:
What Happy People Know teaches people to overcome their unhappiness and learn to use Dr Dan’s happiness tools to lead a fulfilling and happy life. The six skills needed to achieve happiness are taught and the five happiness traps are revealed in this book.

3. The Happy Hour Effect by Kirsten K. Brown

I am a goal-oriented person and this book helps identify stressors, set goals, and implement change to achieve those goals. I like this. It tells how to stop the complaining, get perspective, and stress less in order to attain your goals. The matter of fact ways Kirsten Brown talks about that will help anyone to lower their stress levels and find balance in their life.

Summary:
The Happy Hour Effect provides easy solutions to minimize your stress and help you live a happier, less stressful life. Kirsten leads you through the steps to relieve your stress and inspires you to live a fuller life along the way.

4. How To Be A Grown Up by Stacy Kaiser

I love that this book tells us we all have to take responsibility for our own heart and our own happiness. We can’t wait for others to make us feel a certain way or to make us happy. I enjoyed taking the quiz. It helped me see areas where I can make changes to make myself happier or let go of things that are weighing me down. I like the term “fully-loaded gro  wn up” also. It is interesting to read the experiences Stacy shares in the book about grown ups who thought they were “fully-loaded” but really were not. I would recommend this book to any adult.

Summary:
How To Be A Grown Up shares ten critical areas to work on that will impact our success and happiness. This book will help everyone reach his or her best self.

5. Stressed-Out Girls by Roni Cohen-Sandler, PhD

This book is a must read for parents of girls. The pressures put on girls to fit in socially, academically, and in sports, is too much for many girls. Many girls feel like they don’t measure up, so they give up. This is heart-breaking to me as a parent of a daughter and a grandparent with granddaughters. This book gives great insight into the stresses that young girls deal with daily. It also gives some ideas to help alleviate some of the stresses put on young girls today.

Summary:
Stressed-Out Girls is a how to guide for parents and educators on how to help young girls alleviate the stresses of the teen years and how to help them build their confidence.