A Few of My Favorite (Self-Help) Books


“Try leaving a friendly trail of little sparks of gratitude on your daily trips. You will be surprised how they will set small flames of friendship that will be rose beacons on your next visit” -Dale Carnegie

I studied psychology in college and loved it. I love learning about people, their lives, and why we all do the things that we do. Since I can’t go to college forever (if I could get paid to learn I’d be in!) I’ll just keep reading! I’m kind of a sucker for a good self-help book. I put together a list of a few of my favorite self-help books that I’ve read over the years.

My mom handed me this book when I was a young adult. Of course, I internally rolled my eyes:

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus by John Gray

It turns out it has some great information on key differences in how men and women communicate, and ways to make that communication easier. 

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

This is a classic finance book and covers so much. It talks a lot about having your money work for you and not the other way around. 

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle 

I read this book a long time ago when it first came out and have recently revisited it. It’s a book about living in the present, and so much more. I learn something new every time I open it! 

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is probably the oldest book on the list, but one I discovered most recently. I kinda giggled at the title but ended up loving it! It’s a mix of wonderful people skills and analysis of many successful historical figures. 

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

This book talks about how different people feel loved in different ways and how you can show that to people you love.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a short read with four simple ancient pieces of wisdom to live your life by.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This is definitely a popular book with a new show on Netflix too! I did this to my house a few years ago, and while you wouldn’t know if you walked in today, we got rid of a lot of unnecessary things and usually, I can find anything I’m looking for! It’s not a one time process for this mom but I’m so glad I know her secret!

The Parent’s Tao te Ching by William Martin

This is a wonderful book that again, brings ancient wisdom to modern parenting. 

I hope some of these books inspire you. If so please consider buying from our awesome local bookstore, Bright Side Bookshop!

What are your favorite inspiring books?

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Katie has lived in Flagstaff for 22 years and grew up in North Carolina. She has 10 and 12 year old boys who are certainly an adventure! Her family is by far the most rewarding part of her life. Katie loves hiking and running in our beautiful hills, skiing, river rafting, traveling, health and clean eating (thanks to a whacky thyroid). She is also always taking small steps to clean up our environment, and she is currently learning meditation and just loves learning in general! Katie and her college roommate drove to AZ from VA after college and Katie has only left briefly but Flagstaff is her home for sure! She met her wonderful husband while river guiding in the Grand Canyon. Katie is a family photographer at www.katiewoodardphotography.com, here in Flagstaff and loves capturing the natural love and beauty in families. Her newest fun adventure is co-founding Women Empowering Northern Arizona.