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Five Books That Will Change Your Life

If you have time to read (an actual book and not your Instagram feed) today than go you! Books should never become a distant memory. In fact sometimes when the whole social media world gets too saturated (which it feels like it is right now) reading an actual physical book (with pages! WOAH) can be quite therapeutic. 

In actual fact, the same thing you get out of your social media feed like going on adventures, (getting sucked in) and changing your perspective, you’ll be able to get out of reading a book – it’s like a healthy replacement.

The best thing though, is that if you choose wisely the book you read can also have the ability to change your life. Of course you can choose to read some love fantasy thing if you really want to. Watevs. Your brain, your choice but if you’re on the hunt for something fun and inspiring we’ve rounded up a bunch of our faves for your brain to devour below. 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project is about a woman, Gretchen Rubin who took a year off to focus on the art of being happy. Weird – but hear us out. You see, she realised that she wasn’t happy and nothing in her life was going to change unless she did; which is when she embarked on her ‘happiness project’ journey. Each chapter focuses on a section of her life, where she delves into her psyche, daily actions and in a very honest, practical way determines to turn things around. If anything, this book will inspire you to think differently about all the little things that affect your day to day and navigate your way to happiness too. 

The 4-Hour Work Week by Time Ferris
Are you of the work, work, work mentality and no-play? In this book Tim Ferris explains how he went from working an 80 hour work-week making only $40,000 to making $40,000 a month in just four hours a week. Sounds appealing right? Work smarter, not harder is the premise behind this book so if you own a business and are currently living through a 24/7 work cycle. Buy it, make time to read it and make some time for yourself.

The Power of NOW by Eckhart Toll
This is a cult classic loved by a gazillion people all over the world. It is a book that will teach you about the importance of the present moment. That the past, has come, gone and there’s nothing we can do to change it; while the future is unpredictable and not worth stressing yourself over either. You know, really, what we all know to be true. But there’s nothing like a helpful reminder right! Read this book if you want to learn to leave your ego behind, focus on the present and in turn become a more peaceful, happier version of yourself.  

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Tidy desk, tidy mind. It’s such a simple philosophy but why is it so hard to achieve? This book, written by Japanese Tidying Consultant (yes, her actual title) has gathered somewhat of a cult following of late. Maybe by a bunch of hoarders who knows? But Marie has sparked the resurgence of the spring cleaner within with her words. She says “Keep only the things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t.” A simple organising philosophy, but one that will help in all areas of your life. 

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
So this is a book for the creatives out there. A cult classic for many writers it’s currently making a resurgence all over hipster town as the book to buy/read/love right now. The actual book is like a twelve week course that guides you through the process of recovering your most creative self. It’s meant to unleash the creative within and put a hold on all those negative thoughts and emotions that tend to come when working on a creative project. It’s been loved for generations and is currently being sold out in book stores all over Aus. again. How or why it’s making a resurgence – we’re not sure? But if you’re in the mood for getting your creative on, then read this.

Images: Book Depository, Pinterest; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi

Tell us, have you read any books that have changed your life? 

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