Be the best version of YOU with these 5 self-help books

This week I’m switching things up and having my friend and fellow self-help junkie, Jessica I. Lutz, share 5 books that have totally transformed her life.

I’m not going to lie, I was ridiculously excited to see what Jessica would share because she is an avid reader who happens to be interested in a lot of the same topics that I am. Believe me when I say her Instagram Feed (and Stories) is a treasure trove of resources and titles to add to your reading list. 

So here you have it, folks, 5 books that changed Jessica’s life for the better and why.

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I’m a TOTAL self help junkie. It’s the first spot I hit in the library and I honestly think it’s one of the best genres out there. I mean, you get to learn about yourself and then put what you learned into action.

Practical and fascinating!

Self-help books can help you do so much; from taming anxiety spirals in your head, to changing up your self-talk, exploring your spirituality, taking care of your body, and everything in between. Self-help has it covered.

In my never ending quest to make myself into the human I know I can be, I’ve devoured a ton of self help books, and below are five self-help books that have changed my life.

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Note: the links below are affiliate links from Amazon. If you decide to purchase any of the books below using one of these links, I may get a commission at no charge to you. Thank you for your support!

Better Than Before* by Gretchen Rubin

I’m a pretty introspective person, so I was surprised when Better Than Before* knocked my socks off. I fondly refer to it as the Cliff’s Notes for scores of research on how to form habits that will actually work for you. Not only did I learn a bunch about habit formation, I learned a lot about myself and why certain habits stick (or utterly fail in a lot of tragic cases).

Turns out I’m an Upholder with Questioner tendencies, which basically means that I usually respond to inner and outer expectations, but will sometimes only go along with something if I deem it worthy. In short: I can be my own worst enemy.

It was only after reading this book that I was finally able to kick my sugar habit and find a gym routine that works.

Daring Greatly* by Brené Brown

Vulnerability is scary as hell. Just saying the word used to make me want to slide into a turtle shell. Daring Greatly* challenged everything I thought I knew about vulnerability and gave me the courage to do all kinds of insane things like meet people I knew from the internet, pitch my book idea to an agent, start calling myself a writer, say thank you more, say I love you more, give more hugs, and embrace life when I don’t get what I want. This book will change the way you look at your life and everyone in it.

Learned Optimism* by Martin E.P. Seligman

If you think optimism is always looking on the bright side of life or deluding yourself to feel better about something, you have to read Learned Optimism* by Martin Seligman. Mostly because you’ve been lied to and you should know the truth.

When I read this book years ago it changed the way I think. Full stop. Seligman is the father of what’s known as Positive Psychology and this book is based on decades of research.

Not only will you learn the difference between optimism and pessimism and the benefits of optimism, you’ll learn where you fall on the spectrum, why you are the way that you are, and what you can do to become more optimistic.

Rejection Proof* by Jia Jiang

After trying to start a business and ultimately getting rejected, Jia Jiang realized he needed to get more comfortable with rejection and so he set out on a 100 day journey to try and get rejected. From asking to say something over the PA system on an airplane to asking a security guard in his building for $100, Jiang learned a bunch about facing potential rejection, how to possibly avoid it, and what to do if you are rejected.

I came away from reading Rejection Proof* way more comfortable with the idea of rejection, because in the end, rejection says more about them than it does about me.

The Healing Self* by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi

I’ve been saying for a while that I want to be that 80 year old woman everyone sees and thinks, “Wow, I wish I could do a cartwheel like that.” Problem was, I was having trouble figuring out how to become that 80 year old woman, and this book was the missing piece to that puzzle.

In The Healing Self*, Deepak and Tanzi show how the choices you make every single day help (or hinder) your journey to old age. Things like sleep, stress, diet, and exercise are covered, but my favorite parts were the ones in which they encourage you to deal with your emotional baggage now so you’re free to grow old healthily.

The way we manage (or ignore) our minds have huge effects on us mentally, physically, and psychologically, and I left this book jazzed about my future and ready to start practicing those cartwheels. We’re not as helpless as we believe we are when it comes to our health.

Jessica I. Lutz of JSeeksJoy and the Overcoming Underemployment Podcast
Jessica is on a journey toward being the best version of herself possible. Her MO in life is to help others. She’’ll give a stranger directions, hold the door for you, and ask how your day is going and mean it. You can find her online at

More about Emily Levenson

Emily Levenson is a therapist turned holistic health coach, podcaster, meditation encourager, and seeker of everyday magic. Emily recently kicked off her third #The100DayProject, focusing her efforts on daily meditation.

One thought on “Be the best version of YOU with these 5 self-help books

  1. Al Lutz

    Very nice, I will definitely check out a few of these books especially, Better than before.


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