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5 of Our Favorite Self Help Books

The Top 5 Self-Help Books of 2016

When it comes to worthwhile pursuits, reading ranks pretty high. This can be especially true for people suffering from mental and emotional difficulties. Whether you're looking for tips on managing anxiety, parenting or just living a more meaningful life, the following books can help.

  1. The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, M.D.: Highlighting the techniques and benefits of cognitive therapy, this unique book offers clear and useful self-help instruction for coping with phobias, fears, anxiety, communication difficulties and low self-esteem.
  2. Spark by John Ratey: This insightful book offers an intelligent presentation of groundbreaking research on the vital link between physical movement and brain health. In addition to its valuable information, the book works to renew readers' motivation to maintain regular fitness routines to boost mood, reduce stress and improve your concentration.
  3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: Based on the famous work of Dr. Haim Ginott, this informative book is filled with easy-to-digest bulleted summaries, cartoons and simple yet effective exercises.
  4. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes: In this insightful book, Hayes explains how we limit our lives by trying to avoid uncomfortable feelings and experiences. He then goes on to show how we can pursue a more interesting and meaningful life by learning to tolerate and accept our discomforts.
  5. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne: According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million adults - or 18 percent of the population - suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. This makes anxiety the most common mental illness in the United States. As he explores the prevalence of anxiety, Edmund J. Bourne offers information about causes, treatment options and numerous strategies for coping with anxiety attacks.