Do you need a pinch of happiness or inspiration in your quarantine days? Come on, you need it like all of us! Besides watching movies and dancing, it also crucial to take care of our mental health. This time we at Gals and the City have gathered for you the best 10 books to read in order to feel happier and more relieved in your self-isolation days. Just grab one of them and start reading as it helps you distract your mind from bad thoughts and feelings for a while. Be inspired, be motivated, be cheerful again!
1. Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes
Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, even though she is a self-described introvert person, takes the decision to learn into her fears in this New York Times bestselling memoir. This book is gonna make you say “yes” in a bunch of new challenges.
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The internationally renowned novel of Paulo Coehlo focuses on a young shepherd named Santiago that being on a journey questing for a treasure, he comes across spiritual, life-changing lessons greater than gold. Undoubtedly, the book continues to change the lives of its readers forever!
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
The book, being one of the best sellers of the last year by the New York Times, tells readers that trying to be “positive” all the time is not a healthy way of living while teaching them how to not giving a … f*ck!
4. Happy Brain by Dean Burnett
What does it mean to be happy? From where does happiness begin? Why do we need it so much? Can we make it last forever? The neuroscientist Dean Burnett “dives” deep into the inner workings of our minds to explore some fundamental questions and give answers while offering an entertaining insight into human beings.
5. Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
Have you ever thought why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Or why do we smile when we see a cluster of colorful balloons? In this book, the author discovers why some settings make us feel happy or anxious – how the external factors can affect our mood and our inner world. But the most important is that she reveals the way we can harness the power of our surroundings to live a happier and healthier life while making some small changes in our daily routine.
6. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Are you straggling to find some nudge of creativity? The author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, encourages us to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within us. No matter how small the act may seem, making something from the heart like cooking, painting or crafting needs some kind of willingness. The book highlights some habits and attitudes we need to practice in our daily life so as to “touch” the creativity more easily.
7. The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
The Art Of Happiness is a guidebook to spirituality with Dalai Lama to share his wisdom about how to achieve and maintain the purpose of our life: the lasting happiness that is determined by our own state of mind than by our external conditions.
8. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Although Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern woman was supposed to want – a successful career, husband, and country home – she left everything behind her to begin a transformative journey; She discovered the food in Italy, found her spirituality in Indonesia and ultimately fell in love again in Bali.
9. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin decided to combine academic research with a year-long science experiment to discover the source of real happiness and bliss in a quest of how to live her life to the fullest.
10. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Are you going to make any major life change? “Congratulations! Today is your day.” are the first words of the book. Written and illustrated by children’s author Dr. Seuss, the book will help you to find your way to success.
Which one are you gonna choose? Keep us updated! ♥
[Cover © Photo by Ella Jardim]