Self-help can go a long way — Books to change your outlook
If you’re looking for a way to align your daily living with the things you value most, a self-help book could be a great place to start. ME spoke to psychologist David Jones about how reading can actually help you to develop a life you love.
Your alarm goes off. It’s 7 am and you’re about to start another day — but instead of feeling gratitude or being thankful to be alive, you are fatigued and uninspired.
So often we put the things we feel obliged to do, such as working and paying the bills, ahead of the things that we are truly passionate about, and in the process get a little lost.
For some people, the term ‘self-help’ carries a stigma, but instead of letting this deter you from picking up a motivational book, why not consider what you have to gain?
There is the opportunity for enlightenment, a better way to live or even a new wave of thought, and such books are even recognised by psychologists. Shepparton psychologist David Jones said self-help books could be a great tool to guide people to a conscious way of living, because they provide stimulus for thinking and reflection.
“It depends on the person, their reading capabilities, field of interest and the level of motivation,” David said.
“If these (attributes) are aligned in the right direction and the person can grapple with a book that can take an idea and extend it over 25000 words, it can help them to reflect and adopt some of the ideas in the book.
“Then they can maybe see things in relation to their personal issues a little differently.”
David said not all self-help books were created equal and people respond differently, but he had yet to encounter a book that didn’t at least impart a small positive influence.