Self-Help Books to Read When You Hate Self-Help Books | by Vicente Aceituno Canal | Assorted Thoughts | September 2023


A simple way to become happier

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Personally, I despise the self-help and improvement literature. I’ve known people almost addicted to this product, and my managerial mind can’t take it anymore. My question is always: So when were you done, finished with your self-improvement or self-help? And if you never finish, how do you know you’re making progress.

Despite my skepticism, I read three books which were also not devoid of evidence. They are:

This book recounts the author’s experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The author offers ideas for identifying life’s purpose, such as accomplishing tasks or educating others. This book taught me the importance of meaning in life, which ties into other topics that are dear to me like the power of creating and sharing stories.

If you read this book, you will understand how and why your past betrays you into thinking that by doing this and that, you would now be happy. But now that is no longer the case. Also, you will better understand what happiness is.

It’s one of my favorite books. Thanks to this one, I learned to avoid being a complete idiot. Two examples of stupid behavior are testing your performance by comparing yourself to the people around you or trying to make perfect choices. Sometimes having many options makes you less happy, not more. Read it to understand why.

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