13 of the best self-help books for self-improvement and personal development

The best self-help books can help you to squash doubt and insecurities, and help you to work out what it is you really want from life

Our selection of the best self-help books
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Self-improvement is a trend that’s here to stay—so reading the best self-help books has never been more important. With all the unexpected twists and turns that life can bring, taking care of ourselves is more vital than ever. There’s never been a better time to dive into non-fiction that helps you feel grounded and supported. 

Whether it’s exploring meditation, building self-compassion, or understanding your personal style of attachment, the best self-help books—which are quickly becoming some of the best books 2021—will help put you on the path of self-discovery and lead you into a brighter, more self-aware year ahead. Getting into self-help books can feel like a switch of gear for readers more attuned to fiction. You may generally prefer to lose yourself in one of the best thrillers, a brilliant romance book, or one of the best historical fiction books. But taking the time to read something that can really benefit your mental health is a self-care act your future self will thank you for. 

Most of us have something that we wish we could change. For some of us, it might be a small change—like having more time in the day—and for others, the goals are larger and can feel unobtainable—like how to feel more confident or content.  Filled with the latest research and compelling first-person accounts, these gripping reads can help you achieve your goals and be a better version of yourself.

The best self-help books to read in 2021

If you’re looking for a positivity boost this spring, load up your Kindle, and look no further than our pick of the best self-help books. Whether it’s making more time for self-care, exploring the relationship between mind and body, or learning the art of self-compassion, here are the best self-help books that everyone should read.

Angelica Malin

Angelica Malin is a journalist, entrepreneur, and founder and Editor-in-Chief of About Time magazine. She has written a book (her first) called She Made It, a toolkit for female founders in the digital age, which was published by Kogan Page in January 2021. Angelica was shortlisted for BSME’s Editors’ Editor of the Year and has featured in campaigns for brands such as NatWest, Asto and Courier Media. She also helps aspiring entrepreneurs through her platform, events and #SheStartedIt podcast.