Books to Help You Cultivate Positive Thinking

By Anna Charles

Positive thinking is one of the most beneficial habits a person can adopt.

The Mayo Clinic explains that it is an effective form of stress management and can improve general health. It can also increase lifespan, lessen depression and stress, and help build better resistance against diseases.

In trying times, you should try to see things in an optimistic manner. Positive thinking isn’t about disregarding struggles; it’s about trying to look at a situation with a less abrasive perspective. This will help you live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you want to learn how to think more positively, there are many resources, like books, which can help you. Here are a few that will surely guide you to see things with a better mindset:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

First on this list is a book by Mark Manson.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is all about learning to accept the circumstances you encounter and taking things in stride. Problems are inevitable but instead of feeling negatively towards them, learn to let go and not take them too seriously.

Iconic singer Freddie Mercury has said “I’ve lived a full life and if I’m dead tomorrow, I don’t give a damn,” which is the mindset Manson wanted to impart in his book. Knowing yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses can help you understand which challenges you can overcome and how. This will help you find constant and genuine happiness. It will also aid you in how to think more positively and productively.

Don’t Overthink It

Thinking and reflecting aren’t necessarily bad things, but when you tend to overdo it, it can lead to more stress and anxiety.

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel aims to teach readers to stop overthinking on a daily basis. Overthinking can oftentimes feel like a pattern that is difficult to break and one that we have no control over.

But Bogel explains that negative thoughts can be changed to positive ones, even when you’re overthinking, using the many actionable strategies she lists in her book. Included inside is a framework that readers can use in discerning both small and big decisions. Simply following it can bring more peace, joy, and love into your life. This will not only guide you to breaking the habit of negative thinking but it will also help you find energy for things that really matter to you.

Happiness Becomes You

Tina Turner is a legendary name in the music industry. In her book Happiness Becomes You, she lays down the knowledge she has amassed throughout her life and career that helped her think positively. She tackles the many hardships she has encountered in hopes of giving people motivation to keep going.

Turner also taps into her Buddhist faith as it has kept her grounded for decades. She talks about how she turned her dreams into a reality and how to make the impossible happen. It details the many adversities that the singer was able to overcome before she found the success she has today. This book radiates nothing but positivity, and those who read it will learn a thing or two about how a good mentality can be a great help to achieving their goals.

Deep Kindness

One of the major aspects of positive thinking is learning to be less harsh on yourself and others.

Deep Kindness by Houston Kraft highlights the many ways readers can practice imparting goodwill. The book also explains how these principles can help you get ahead in life.

Kraft gives many exercises and prompts to help readers develop their sense of kindness and why it is important in today’s world. Not only will it help create a positive environment, but it will also help build a positive mentality by helping readers live a better and more fulfilling life. Through constant practice, you will find yourself acting more kindly towards yourself and those around you, making your mindset more optimistic overall.

Learning how to lessen negative thoughts can be difficult, but positive thinking is something many people need. Through learning to accept life’s challenges, spending more time on things you love, and being kinder to yourself, positive thinking can become second nature.

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One comment

  1. Books, by all means. I read through the titles and descriptions, definitely worth looking into. Reading Books can be calming in ways that watching TV cannot. Yet, I find some videos very motivating and I connect with some emotionally. Here’s some Self Improvement and Relaxing Videos. I compiled these because I think the books are a great idea, and I hope that these videos can likewise help people break from the news and the tension it brings. My wife and I just watched an old Black & White Movie “Nurse on Wheels”. Fun stuff. it was relaxing.

    This is Water, David Foster Wallace didn’t learn from his own teaching, but in this aspect (as shown), his teaching is a plus, it’s something that should be considered, he gives examples on not making all of life’s inconveniences seem to be focused at you, why you’re part of a bigger picture. His speech was at a college graduation commencement, someone put it into this form so that his words are visualized.

    THIS IS WATER! by David Foster Wallace

    This is an Awesome, Christian based concept. Many of those that make content need to avoid saying something is Christian because it alienates others that may actually benefit by it. This is a fairly direct Christian message though.

    Powerful video Can’t explain it just watch

    Relationships. Something that is more complex than most realize. This video, I sent to a coworker, he was in a supervisory role. He was looking for a reason to leave his wife. This is not material he would usually watch. But from one work desk to the other, I emailed it to him, then heard it playing on his computer. His life settled after that, he was on much better terms with his wife, I can’t say if the video did it or not, but I hope it helped.

    ACCELERATE: Be the Tortoise Not the Hare

    This is a Christian themed video, the message, watch to the very end. He’s reading a Bible in it, so he’s not hiding the Christian concept, but by making it this way, he can appeal to others that may really need it.


    Just a friendly, calming video, with pleasant views of people and nature.

    The Lanzarote Effect

    Nature, and music that builds, beautiful.


    More Nature.

    FINLAND | Timelapse

    Colorful and Fun to me to watch.

    OFFF Porto Main Titles 2015

    This one addresses the saturation we have with the Internet and Texting, and the creator of the video thinks that people that supply us these services can do better. Pleasant video, thoughtful.

    This Panda Is Dancing

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