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We all have our ups and downs in our lives, but there’s nothing that can put you in a better mood than a good ol’ book. There are a ton of books out there to lift your spirits or generally are feel-good books, and we’ve put together a short list of our favorites. Below we recommend some books to consider
The first is a fiction book by the name of “My Not So Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella. In this book, we follow a woman by the name of Katie Brenner and how whatever she sees, these people are living the dream life. The reality though is far from that and those that she sees living the great life aren’t always so great. We won’t spoil it, but it’s a feel-good book to put into perspective that we filter so much and that not everything is as it seems.
Another fiction book for those out there is “Dangerous Minds” by Janey Evanovich. This story follows a Buddhist monk by the name of Wayan Bagus. In the story, his island that he lived on suddenly disappears and he hires a detective by the name of Emerson Knight. The story focuses on Knight and his two cohorts unraveling the mystery of the disappearing island in a worldwide investigation that exposes a 100-year-old conspiracy.
Moving over to nonfiction, another book you can pick up is “The Bright Hour” by Nina Riggs. The book is a memoir that talks about how we can all live and love every single day even when “death is in the room.” This is a feel-good book as it provides a lot of insight and is quite the emotional book considering the circumstances. When Nina was only 37 years old, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then one day she was told that the one spot where the cancer was was terminal. It got Riggs to be thinking a lot about life and she wrote it all in this book.
Another book to lift your spirits is “Option B” written by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg. This is a powerfully written book that talks about building resilience and helping you to move forward after all the setbacks you experience. This book provides fantastic inspiration and the points, and the advice is practical too. This book came to be when Sandberg’s husband passed away and she was thrust into what felt like a void. Reaching out, she reached out to her friend Adam Grant for comfort, who shared concrete steps to help recover. It’s a good book to have and apply the steps if you ever find yourself in a situation like that.
There are many other fantastic books out there but if you ever need a pick me up from the struggles of life or you need a good laugh, these books can deliver and provide a variety of benefits!