5 Self Improvement Books to Make This Your Best Year Yet

Welcome to the new year, friends. It’s 2021, and we are beyond ready for a fresh start, clean slate and new beginning. Deep breaths; it’s still going to be a long haul before our lives return to pre-pandemic normalcy, but, in the meantime, we can make the most of this transitional time and better ourselves, improve our outlook and create attainable goals. 

No, you don’t need to completely reinvent the wheel, but actively pursuing a change in perspective and a more positive approach can be the difference between living your life in complacency and reaching new heights.

Don’t know where or how to start? Begin by burying your eager nose in a book. To help you thrive and succeed in the new year we’ve rounded up five self-improvement books to kick start your motivation into gear. Good luck!

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

With humor, levity and sharp words of kick-you-in-the-rear inspiration, Sincero shares words of wisdom, moving anecdotes and daily exercises to help you identify destructive patterns of self-sabotage and failure. It’ll make you laugh and leave you feeling motivated and amped up to embrace your inner badass.

Declutter Your Mind by S.J Scott and Barrie Davenport

You know how organization and curation are all the rage these days? It’s not only your home, desk and closet that needs to be rearranged and sorted, your brain could use a little Marie Kondo-ing as well. This book will help you learn how to filter out distractions and focus on positive, helpful thoughts and strategies only. It’s got useful tactics for your home life, work life and everything in between.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Working, budding and aspiring creatives will love this book that’s chock full of nuggets of inspiration. It can provide you with tactics to escape the grips of feeling stuck and stagnant and push you to embrace your artistic self.


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Part memoir, part self-help book, Doyle does what she does best in this book: move, shake and motivate. She helps teach readers how to find their true selves and not the reflections they see in other people’s eyes. If the goal is to find your voice and embrace your inner truth, you’ll find release in this amazing read.

Good Days Start With Gratitude

Don’t really want a self-help book, per se? A gratitude journal might be more your style. In this 52-week fill-in journal, you can jot down the simple pleasures you are thankful for. Make it a daily habit, and start your days with a peaceful vibe.

New Year, new you? You’re already pretty great. But you can feel even better about yourself, your direction and your attitude. A few inspiring books can help get you on the path to feel content in your own skin. And while you’re at it, making big and small changes in your life throughout 2021, work on saving more and spending smarter. Shop with Rakuten to earn Cash Back on all your book purchases for a step towards a better you.

Lauren is a digital editor, freelance writer, and Instagram aficionado with a feisty five-year-old boy and a sassy two-year-old diva at home. With a passion for family, travel, style, and alliteration, she spends her days chasing children, chugging coffee, and daydreaming about sleep. As a veteran lifestyle editor and media mom, Lauren loves to find ways to make the aspirational attainable for all the overwhelmed parents out there—because we really need to stick together! Lauren lives with her husband and kiddos in the suburbs of New York City.

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