6 Books That Will Change the Way You View Life

Books can have an amazing effect on our lives, helping us to understand different perspectives, explore other areas of the world, or just see things in a completely new light. These six books have the power to change the way you think—and therefore the way you view and live your life.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

Have you ever thought the world belongs to the outspoken and daring extroverts who always seem to run the show? Whether you are one of them or an introvert who often feels sidelined, you need to read Quiet by Susan Cain. A writer and researcher, Cain talks about how the past 150 years have belonged to the extrovert and how this has undermined much of what an introvert brings to the table. Great for introverts who are ready to shine and all the extroverts who need to appreciate them.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

When we think of a ‘mindset’, we often think of a positive or negative outlook on life. However, psychology professor Carol Dweck helps us to see that there are two much more important mindsets: fixed and growth. We often settle into one of these in childhood and it can vastly affect how successful and fulfilled we are later in life. Whether you are stuck in the fixed mindset or want to learn to utilize your growth mindset even more effectively, this book can be a life-changer.

Big Magic

Whether you are a fiction writer or an attorney, you can benefit from Elizabeth Gilbert’s luminous book about the value and gifts of living a creative life. Pulled from her own experience as a lifelong creator, Gilbert’s book is full of short chapters that will absolutely blow you away and change the way you think about your relationship with the world and everything in it.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

A book doesn’t need to be long or in-depth to have a big impact. Dr. Seuss’s classic Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? might be a quick read, but it has a powerful message. It’s easy to get down when you think about what others have that you don’t, but Dr. Seuss reminds us in his unique and charming way that, “Some people are much more, oh ever so much more, oh muchly much-much more unlucky than you.”

The World Without Us

Do you ever wonder about your place in the world? Whether you ponder the age-old question of ‘What is our race doing here?’ or you wonder more on a personal level, you’ll be deeply affected by Alan Weisman’s award-winning book The World Without Us. Utilizing nearly every field of science, Weisman explores the chilling reality of what would happen to our planet should every human being disappear at once. From the big down to the minute, this book will change the way you view humanity.

Mars and Venus: Together Forever

If you’re struggling in your romantic relationship, you need to read Mars and Venus: Together Forever.  Dr. John Grey expands on many of his concepts laid out in Men are From Mars and Women are From Venus (only in a much less hokey way) and helps us to see that many of the things we fight about are just plain biology. Ever wonder why your man needs to lay on the couch for 20 minutes when he gets home from work before he interacts with you? Or why your wife gets so mad when you try to help her solve her work conflicts? This book is for you

One of the great joys in life is continued learning and discovery about ourselves and the world around us. These six books will help you expand your horizons and gain valuable information on living a deeper life.