I was standing in front of a group of people and at the end I asked if there were any questions. A young lady in a blue dress stood up and raised her hand.
Her question (relatively quoted): This was a great presentation. I read a lot…do you have any books that you would suggest to anyone that will help people become a better person?
A little back story: The speech was on how we all have the ability to change the world. There were three ways that I explained to work to change the world. 1)Help out a cause. 2)Be kind 3)Change your self.
The third one I explained that when he seek to improve our self we can change the world by our mere presence and our new abilities as a better, more positive, happier person.
So this is where the question stemmed from. At this moment I had to think about a bunch of books that were great enough to help someone become a better person. However, the catch is that I could give this book to anyone…
Here are my 10 books that every person should read to create them to be a happier more positive person.
1. Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Why: This book gives you a different perspective on life. We are who we are, we shouldn’t settle for a life that we don’t believe we fit into. Be yourself and when you do….you will become amazing!
2. The power of NOW by Eckarht Tolle
Why: An ancient Chinese proverb says: The past is history, the future is a mystery, right now is a gift and that is why it’s called the present. This book teaches about our ability to stay here and now at this moment.
3. Love by Leo Buscuglia
Why: A book that explains the emotion of Love, and our HUMAN connection to love, sympahty, and happiness with one another. Shows you how to be enjoy your emotions and your personhood.
4. Wherever you go, there you are – by Jon Kabot-Zinn
Why? It has been found that meditation is the number 1 exercise you can do to help yourself become a more positive person and help clarify your mind. This exercise also has been linked to helping your entire body. This book teaches mindful meditation in a way every single person in the world can use. Remember – meditation is not religious.
5. Peace is Every step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Why: This book shows us how we can achieve peace in this world. There are so many people who believe peace is impossible, this book shows you that it is very possible.
6. Personhood by Leo Buscuglia
Why: This book explorers, or as the author says, starts the conversation of what being a “Person” really is. What is taught to us, what is not. What is shown by our culture, and what is it to be a person. It examines our natural abilities to help, love, and be kind…and the unnatural abilities of anger and destruction that are encouraged so often.
7. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
Why: In a narrative, semi-fictional form, the author explains, delivers, and shows the absolute lay person ideas and thoughts that are very complex and “odd” when you are not familiar with them. Ideas such as positive energy, souls, and a new way of the world itself. This books explains many ideas that science and scientist are finding to be absolutely true and proven…when put together creates a more positive world.
8. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Why: The book that introduced The “Law of Attraction” to the larger world. What is the “law of attraction”…if you want something and you put your energy into achieving it, your world will be moved to create it. A great lesson and a change of perspective of what is available to you instead of what you have to deal with.
9. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Why: A narrative about a man looking for the answers of life and finding them in an old college teacher with a lot to teach about life, being a person, and being the person you are.
10. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuess
Why: A great book by Dr. Seuss that shows the utter absurdity of violence, fighting, and war. A great read to show you how our mind turns the world into a mess.
What books would you put here?