If you’re curious about the best self-help books—also known as personal development books—you’ve come to the right place. While self-help books used to get a little bit of a bad rap, they’ve become seriously substantial, booming in popularity over the past decade in particular.

With entrepreneurs, psychologists, spiritual giants, and experts in every field imaginable contributing their wisdom, the self-help genre has become surprisingly sacred. There are many excellent options to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a handful that really stands out.


Below are the six best self-help books of 2020.

The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing

By Habib Sadeghi

This book is focused and clear in its aim to help you plot a course for a more balanced, healthy life. It takes a holistic approach, dealing with physical, spiritual, and emotional healing.

Using her mind-body strategy, Dr. Sadeghi—spiritual advisor to celebs like Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Penelope Cruz—teaches the reader some practical steps to tackle significant issues. He addresses things like how to create clear intentions, how to practice self-forgiveness, and how to improve personal relationships.

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The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day

If you like to participate in your personal development tangibly, this journal is perfect for you. It allows you to plan, practice gratitude, set intentions, and implement positive psychology in a practical, accessible way.

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Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

By Timothy Ferriss

In this truly unique book, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek serves up priceless wisdom from some of the most excellent minds on the planet. You’ll hear from the TED talk curator, the co-founder of Facebook, and tennis champion Maria Sharapova.

These mentors share their best advice on things like their morning routine, how to cultivate resilience in the face of failure, and how to find that elusive work-life balance.

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Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

By Brené Brown

If there is such a thing as a self-help darling, it’s probably Brené Brown. She makes healing accessible and struggles relatable. In Dare to Lead, Brown focuses specifically on the true meaning of leadership.

Whether you would define yourself as a leader, an aspiring leader, or more of a quiet follower, you’ll appreciate how this book shatters false ideas about leadership. It presents an alternate narrative: that leadership is all about others—not the person leading the way.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert

She taught us to Eat Pray Love, and now Elizabeth Gilbert wants to talk about Magic. Where do we sign? In Big Magic, Gilbert wants to help us step out of fear and live in the fullness of our creative potential.

Suppose you consider yourself a creative or just someone who longs to embrace creativity in a more meaningful way. In that case, you’ll probably find the author’s ideas about the generative process, art, and creativity, both inspiring and educational.

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The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

By Alex Banayan

Like Tribe of Mentors, this book is all about learning from the very best. In it, you’ll enjoy the absolute treat of one-on-one interviews with creatives and influencers like Lady Gaga, Jane Goodall, Maya Angelou, and Bill Gates.

So, what do all these remarkable but very unique people have in common? According to Alex Banayan, they all took the third door. And if you want to know what that means, you’ll have to read the book!

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