The best 99 Meaningful Living books

Meaningful Living is a topic that resonates with many people, as we all strive for a life filled with purpose and fulfillment. Understanding the key principles and practices that contribute to a meaningful existence can greatly enhance our overall well-being and happiness. That's where our expertly curated book list comes in.

This list offers a comprehensive exploration of meaningful living-related topics, providing insights and guidance to help you cultivate a life of purpose and satisfaction. So, why not embark on this life-changing journey and discover the secrets to meaningful living?
The best 99 Meaningful Living books
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Meaningful Living Books: First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill

First Things First

Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
4.6 (772 ratings)
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What's First Things First about?

This title provides you with valuable insights and guidelines that will help you focus your life on the things that are truly the most meaningful. You’ll learn how to set your priorities, make the best decisions, and develop a keen vision for the future. If you’re looking to create positive change in your life, this book is a great place to start!

Who should read First Things First?

  • Anyone who feels a lack of inner peace, balance or meaning in life
  • Anyone who wants to use his or her time more effectively
  • Anyone who has a hard time making big decisions
  • Anyone who wants to improve the quality of his or her life

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Meaningful Living Books: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul

Michael A. Singer
The Journey Beyond Yourself
4.4 (508 ratings)
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What's The Untethered Soul about?

The Untethered Soul is all about you: your feelings, thoughts and consciousness. By drawing on different spiritual practices, this book explains how you can navigate your own mind, get in touch with yourself and become your own master, to ultimately achieve enlightenment.

Who should read The Untethered Soul?

  • Anyone who wants to lead a happier and healthier life
  • Anyone needing to let go of negative emotions
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the benefits of spiritualism

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Meaningful Living Books: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown
Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are
4.6 (709 ratings)
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What's The Gifts of Imperfection about?

The Gifts of Imperfection offers an accessible and engaging walk through the ten principles that you can follow to live a more fulfilling life, defined by courage, connection and compassion towards others. Filled with relatable anecdotes and actionable advice, the book is a useful resource for readers both young and old.

Who should read The Gifts of Imperfection?

  • Anyone who wants to live a more meaningful life
  • Anyone who has a  great idea, but is afraid to share it with the world
  • Anyone troubled by feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability

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Meaningful Living Books: The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan Watts
A Message for an Age of Anxiety
4.4 (419 ratings)
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What's The Wisdom of Insecurity about?

In The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951), author Alan Watts discusses the paradoxical nature of modern life: we pursue goals and covet material goods that promise happiness, but which leave us feeling empty and more anxious than ever. As we indulge in unproductive thoughts about the future or the past, we tend to forget about what is most meaningful – the present moment.

Who should read The Wisdom of Insecurity?

  • Anyone feeling unfulfilled in life
  • Anxiety sufferers searching for the secrets to happiness
  • People interested in contemporary philosophy

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Meaningful Living Books: Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Minimalism

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Live a Meaningful Life
4.1 (377 ratings)
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What's Minimalism about?

Minimalism (2011) offers readers an alternative path that avoids nine-to-five drudgery and helps them focus on what’s important in life. Authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have practical guidance on how anyone can free themselves from the financial and emotional binds of modern life to build a new and simpler lifestyle that is still authentic and rewarding.

Who should read Minimalism?

  • Readers who are ready to live a more peaceful lifestyle
  • Anxious and distracted people eager for a decluttered life
  • Anyone who’s tired of living for a paycheck

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Meaningful Living Books: Stop Reading the News by Rolf Dobelli

Stop Reading the News

Rolf Dobelli
How to Cope with the Information Overload and Think More Clearly
4.5 (354 ratings)
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What's Stop Reading the News about?

Stop Reading the News (2020) shows us how we can live a calmer, healthier, and more thoughtful life if we simply stop reading the news. By practicing what the author calls radical abstinence from the news media, we can rescue our minds from the overload of information, and focus on what actually matters in life.

Who should read Stop Reading the News?

  • News addicts desperate to break the habit
  • Those looking to leave the news media and become long-form journalists
  • Anyone curious about technology and its impact

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Meaningful Living Books: Together by Vivek H. Murthy

Together

Vivek H. Murthy
The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World
4.6 (276 ratings)
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What's Together about?

Together (2020) is a powerful treatise on the impact of loneliness and the benefits of human connection. Drawing on scientific research and personal stories, it explores the high cost of loneliness, and considers how individuals, societies, and governments can tackle the problem by promoting connection.

Who should read Together?

  • Lost souls in search of more human connection
  • Those who feel like modern life makes friendship harder
  • People interested in the psychology of loneliness

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Meaningful Living Books: Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman

Transcend

Scott Barry Kaufman
The New Science of Self-Actualization
4.5 (542 ratings)
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What's Transcend about?

Transcend (2020) expands on Maslow’s famous ideas about human needs and presents them in a new light that takes us on a path toward self-actualization. It explains the ways in which love, connection, creativity and purpose can be part of our lives. In addition to providing practical advice on how to become your best possible self, it also demystifies transcendence, explaining that it’s something we can all integrate into our daily lives.

Who should read Transcend?

  • Happy people who’d like to lead even more meaningful lives
  • Deep thinkers in search of new insights about themselves
  • Curious souls looking for self-actualization

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Meaningful Living Books: How to Be an Epicurean by Catherine Wilson

How to Be an Epicurean

Catherine Wilson
The Ancient Art of Living Well
4.4 (211 ratings)
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What's How to Be an Epicurean about?

How to Be an Epicurean (2019) brings the ancient philosophy of Epicureanism into the modern age. This fascinating “theory of everything” is about much more than seeking pleasure, and it can help you live an enjoyable, moral, and meaningful life today.

Who should read How to Be an Epicurean?

  • Pleasure seekers looking for a philosophical creed
  • Philosophy fans who want to learn something new
  • Modern-day Stoics seeking another ancient philosophical perspective

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Meaningful Living Books: The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi

The Lazy Genius Way

Kendra Adachi
Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done
4.4 (316 ratings)
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What's The Lazy Genius Way about?

The Lazy Genius Way (2020) is an essential guide for perfectionists everywhere. We run ourselves ragged trying to excel at everything, but this leaves us exhausted and unfulfilled. Luckily, there is another way. We can identify what really makes our lives meaningful, and put our energy into leading lives that fulfill us. By adopting the practical strategies of the Lazy Genius, we can transform how we live and work, one small step at a time.

Who should read The Lazy Genius Way?

  • Perfectionists who want to learn how to relax
  • Working parents struggling to balance a busy life
  • Anyone overwhelmed by clutter

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Meaningful Living Books: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights

Matthew McConaughey
4.3 (266 ratings)
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What's Greenlights about?

Greenlights (2020) is a guided tour into the life and mind of award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey. These blinks tell his story as only he could tell it, full of “outlaw logic” that has informed a wildly original personal philosophy for how to live life to its utmost.

Who should read Greenlights?

  • Fans of the McConaissance
  • Anyone eager to generate their own greenlights
  • People interested in the inner workings of a creative mind

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Meaningful Living Books: The Power of Intention by Wayne W. Dyer

The Power of Intention

Wayne W. Dyer
Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
4.2 (484 ratings)
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What's The Power of Intention about?

What’s it about?

The Power of Intention (2004) explores the connection between human beings and the creative potential of God and the universe. This feel-good guide to spirituality examines the true meaning of intention and explains how we can all live more purposeful lives. 

Who should read The Power of Intention?

Who’s it for?

  • Those looking for greater meaning in life
  • Spiritual souls seeking fresh wisdom
  • Fans of New Age philosophy

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Meaningful Living Books: The Power of Awakening by Wayne W. Dyer

The Power of Awakening

Wayne W. Dyer
Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life
4.7 (450 ratings)
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What's The Power of Awakening about?

The Power of Awakening (2020) is a collection of timeless writings by the late spiritual and motivational leader Wayne Dyer. They provide an accessible yet inspiring exploration of his belief that enlightened thinking can manifest concrete and positive change in the universe.

Who should read The Power of Awakening?

  • Spiritual seekers ready to connect with a deeper understanding of life
  • Mindfulness devotees interested in exploring the power of thought
  • Self-help fans who want to unlock their higher purpose

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Meaningful Living Books: What Are You Doing with Your Life? by Jiddu Krishnamurti

What Are You Doing with Your Life?

Jiddu Krishnamurti
Explore answers to some of life's most difficult questions
4.5 (517 ratings)
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What's What Are You Doing with Your Life? about?

What Are You Doing with Your Life (2001) attempts to answer some of life’s most important questions. From considering the role of happiness and personal transformation to the purpose of life itself, it sets out a philosophy to guide you through every stage of your journey. 

Who should read What Are You Doing with Your Life??

  • People who feel a little lost and are looking for direction 
  • Those into philosophy and deep thinking
  • Budding gurus and life teachers

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Meaningful Living Books: The Eight Master Lessons of Nature by Gary Ferguson

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature

Gary Ferguson
What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World
4.5 (169 ratings)
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What's The Eight Master Lessons of Nature about?

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature (2019) is a reflective treatise on what nature can teach us about living well. Carefully observing many forms of life, from forest mushrooms to mighty elephants, the guide reveals valuable lessons they may hold for us. In doing so, it invites us to look again at the wild world around us with a renewed sense of awe and wonder.

Who should read The Eight Master Lessons of Nature?

  • City slickers seeking a greener life
  • Nature lovers looking for a deeper connection
  • Those searching for a more mellow approach to living

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Meaningful Living Books: That One Should Disdain Hardships by Musonius Rufus

That One Should Disdain Hardships

Musonius Rufus
The Teachings of a Roman Stoic
4.6 (144 ratings)
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What's That One Should Disdain Hardships about?

That One Should Disdain Hardships (2020) is a collection of lectures delivered in imperial Rome in the first century CE by the Stoic Gaius Musonius Rufus. Heralded as the “Roman Socrates,” Musonius’s philosophy is anything but academic. Designed to help listeners lead the best possible lives, his lectures hone in on practical, everyday questions. The result? A doctrine that you really can live by.

Who should read That One Should Disdain Hardships?

  • Philosophers and thinkers
  • History buffs
  • Practical-minded ethicists

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Meaningful Living Books: The Myth of Sisyphus  by Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus

Albert Camus
4.7 (408 ratings)
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What's The Myth of Sisyphus about?

The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) is an influential essay that contributed significantly to the philosophical movements of existentialism and absurdism. The essay asks whether life is worth living in a world emptied of religious meaning and considers whether suicide is the only appropriate response to the void of meaninglessness. Ultimately, the essay advises against suicide, arguing that the meaninglessness of existence is, in fact, the condition for a fulfilling life lived with freedom, passion, and happiness.

Who should read The Myth of Sisyphus ?

  • Atheists who want to know how to live a meaningful life without faith
  • Armchair philosophers interested in significant works of Western thought
  • Anyone who could use a boost of inspiration and passion in their lives

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Meaningful Living Books: Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Good Vibes, Good Life

Vex King
How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness
4.3 (395 ratings)
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What's Good Vibes, Good Life about?

Good Vibes, Good Life (2020) explores the power of positive thinking. By outlining simple techniques for changing your mindset, it reveals how every one of us can take control of our happiness – and our future.

Who should read Good Vibes, Good Life?

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by 2020
  • Wallflowers looking for a confidence boost
  • Budding entrepreneurs searching for inspiration

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Meaningful Living Books: The Science of Living by Stuart Farrimond

The Science of Living

Stuart Farrimond
219 Reasons to Rethink Your Daily Routine
4.0 (292 ratings)
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What's The Science of Living about?

The Science of Living (2020) explores the science behind things you do every day and debunks some of the common myths that shape your habits. By doing this, it seeks to help you plan your days better, so that you can live a healthier, happier, and more productive life.

Who should read The Science of Living?

  • Anyone interested in living a healthier, happier life
  • Those looking to squeeze as much out their days as possible
  • Workaholics, insomniacs, and oversleepers

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Meaningful Living Books: The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Greatest Secret

Rhonda Byrne
4.4 (341 ratings)
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What's The Greatest Secret about?

The Greatest Secret (2020) is a sequel to the worldwide best seller and self-help phenomenon The Secret, which inspired millions to better their lives by using the laws of attraction. In this installment, we learn an even greater secret: who we really are, and how we can use that knowledge to achieve everlasting happiness.

Who should read The Greatest Secret?

  • Fans of The Secret and other New Age manifestos
  • People attracted to the spiritual and mystical
  • Seekers of joy and happiness

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Meaningful Living Books: Learning to Pray by James Martin

Learning to Pray

James Martin
A Guide for Everyone
4.1 (182 ratings)
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What's Learning to Pray about?

Learning to Pray (2021) unpacks one of the most important yet misunderstood aspects of spiritual life: prayer. What’s the purpose of prayer? How do you pray “correctly?” What should you expect when you pray? These are just some of the questions that often stand between believers and this deeply rewarding practice. And there’s no better way of answering them than by looking back through the different styles and rituals of prayer found in the Christian tradition. 

Who should read Learning to Pray?

  • Believers struggling with prayer
  • Agnostics and skeptics with an open mind
  • History buffs

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Meaningful Living Books: All Work No Play by Dale Sidebottom

All Work No Play

Dale Sidebottom
A Surprising Guide to Feeling More Mindful, Grateful and Cheerful
4.4 (395 ratings)
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What's All Work No Play about?

All Work No Play (2021) teaches tricks and tips for getting more happiness and joy from everyday life. This fun and practical handbook draws on play-based mindfulness strategies designed to help you improve relationships, boost mental well-being, and reconnect with your inner child. 

Who should read All Work No Play?

  • People who want more joy from daily life
  • Anyone looking for new mindfulness strategies
  • Tired workers striving for balance

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Meaningful Living Books: Forest Bathing by Qing Li

Forest Bathing

Qing Li
How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
4.7 (307 ratings)
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What's Forest Bathing about?

Forest Bathing (2018) is a guide to the Japanese practice of forest bathing. It explores the beliefs, culture, and traditions behind forest bathing, as well as various studies on its health benefitsIt also lays out easy-to-follow steps for practicing forest bathing in any environment.

Who should read Forest Bathing?

  • People interested in nature’s effect on human health
  • Nature lovers
  • Japanese culture enthusiasts

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Meaningful Living Books: The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter

The Comfort Crisis

Michael Easter
Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self
4.4 (286 ratings)
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What's The Comfort Crisis about?

The Comfort Crisis (2021) offers a cure for the physical and mental health problems of modern-day life. It’s all about getting comfortable with discomfort, which can mean anything from roughing it in the wilderness to contemplating death.

Who should read The Comfort Crisis?

  • People feeling disillusioned with modern life
  • Restless spirits craving an Into the Wild experience
  • Anyone interested in improving their physical or mental health

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Meaningful Living Books: Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday

Courage is Calling

Ryan Holiday
Fortune Favors the Brave
4.3 (342 ratings)
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What's Courage is Calling about?

Courage is Calling (2021) is both a meditation on bravery and a guide to courageousness. From how to dispel your fears to the benefits of taking small steps first, it gives concrete advice for building courage, and lays out, in writing rich with anecdotes, the simple ways that each of us can become a little bit braver.

Who should read Courage is Calling?

  • Scaredy-cats in need of a strong dose of daring
  • The already-courageous who want to become even braver
  • Anyone interested in how courage has shaped history

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Meaningful Living Books: The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Living

Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now
4.7 (439 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (2017) offers wisdom on how to fully experience every moment of every day. Many of us are consumed with fears or busyness that prevent us from engaging with the wonder of life. But by expanding our understanding of existence and embracing mindfulness practices, we can overcome the obstacles that stop us from truly living.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Stressed-out individuals longing for peace
  • Ambitious people seeking stillness
  • Anyone interested in Buddhism

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Meaningful Living Books: The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck

The Way of Integrity

Martha Beck
Finding the Path to Your True Self
4.3 (319 ratings)
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What's The Way of Integrity about?

The Way of Integrity (2021) is a four-stage process to finding integrity – a quality that can alleviate the suffering caused by harmful autopilot actions and beliefs. In reconnecting to what makes you feel whole, you’ll achieve a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and mental well-being.

Who should read The Way of Integrity?

  • People who feel unhappy but aren’t sure why
  • Disconnected individuals who want to improve their relationships
  • Anyone seeking more joy and purpose in their life

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Meaningful Living Books: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch
4.4 (229 ratings)
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What's The Last Lecture about?

The Last Lecture (2008) is a heartfelt and insightful rumination on life, death, and the value of pursuing your dreams. In this unique text, computer scientist Randy Pausch reflects on mortality after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis. 

Who should read The Last Lecture?

  • New parents looking for sage advice
  • Friends and family of terminally ill individuals
  • Anyone seeking a little inspiration

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Meaningful Living Books: The Work-Life Balance Myth by David J. McNeff

The Work-Life Balance Myth

David J. McNeff
Rethinking Your Optimal Balance for Success
4.5 (502 ratings)
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What's The Work-Life Balance Myth about?

The Work-Life Balance Myth (2021) is a guide to managing stress and creating harmony across the key areas in your life using the Seven-Slice Method. Rather than divide your waking hours between work and life, the Seven-Slice Method recontextualizes life into seven key areas and demonstrates how spending time in each of them every day can help you overcome pressure and find peace.

Who should read The Work-Life Balance Myth?

  • Professionals seeking ways to manage stress
  • Parents struggling to juggle family and work life
  • Those who want more harmony in their lives

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Meaningful Living Books: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

Thich Nhat Hanh
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation
4.6 (388 ratings)
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What's The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching about?

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching (1998) explains core Buddhist teachings, including the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. It shows how to apply these practices to daily life to transform suffering into joy and heal the pain of others.

Who should read The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching?

  • People who are suffering
  • Those wishing to adopt Buddhist practices
  • Anyone who wishes to lead a more joyful life

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Meaningful Living Books: Love People, Use Things by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

Love People, Use Things

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Because the Opposite Never Works
4.4 (468 ratings)
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What's Love People, Use Things about?

Love People, Use Things (2021) is a manifesto extolling the pleasures of minimalism. This primer explains why living with fewer things can lead to less clutter and more fulfilling relationships.

Who should read Love People, Use Things?

  • Budding hoarders looking to cut back
  • Thrifty savers seeking tips on light living
  • Anyone interested in the practice of minimalism

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Meaningful Living Books: The Art of Living by Epictetus

The Art of Living

Epictetus
The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness – A New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell
4.7 (651 ratings)
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What's The Art of Living about?

The Art of Living (1995) is a clear and concise introduction to Stoic philosophy. This modern interpretation of Epictetus’s teachings gives timeless insight into living a stable and satisfying life.

Who should read The Art of Living?

  • Modern thinkers curious about ancient philosophy
  • Hectic go-getters needing advice on slowing down
  • Anyone seeking a more Stoic lifestyle

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Meaningful Living Books: Living Beyond “What If?” by Shirley Davis

Living Beyond “What If?”

Shirley Davis
Release the Limits and Realize Your Dreams
4.3 (536 ratings)
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What's Living Beyond “What If?” about?

Living Beyond “What If?” (2021) is an empathetic handbook to realizing your dreams. It shares intimate, affecting anecdotes and sets out a step-by-step guide to overcoming your fears and achieving success.

Who should read Living Beyond “What If?”?

  • People struggling to get over a particular fear or blockage
  • Those who want to reinvent themselves but don’t know how
  • Anyone looking to level-up their life

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Meaningful Living Books: The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins

The High 5 Habit

Mel Robbins
It's Time to Cheer for Yourself
4.4 (1,321 ratings)
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What's The High 5 Habit about?

The High 5 Habit (2021) offers a startling proposition: A single change to your morning routine can help upend your outmoded, self-limiting attitudes and kick your life into top gear. Interwoven with personal anecdotes and scientific research, this blueprint for life transformation makes self-improvement seem easier than ever.

Who should read The High 5 Habit?

  • Self-improvement and personal-development fanatics 
  • Anyone who wants to change but needs a strong dose of pep and energy
  • Armchair psychologists interested in the workings of emotional growth

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Meaningful Living Books: The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

The Gap and the Gain

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success
4.6 (1,827 ratings)
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What's The Gap and the Gain about?

The Gap and the Gain (2021) is a guide to finding happiness and fulfillment inside yourself, instead of constantly hunting for external affirmation. By learning to define your own standards of success, and by measuring your achievement backward, you’ll appreciate how much progress you’ve actually made, and experience renewed motivation in every area of your life.

Who should read The Gap and the Gain?

  • Undermotivated entrepreneurs 
  • Successful but unfulfilled business people
  • Persistent ruminators who want to learn how to think positively

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Meaningful Living Books: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

The Comfort Book

Matt Haig
4.7 (692 ratings)
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What's The Comfort Book about?

The Comfort Book (2021) is a compendium of practices, philosophies, stories, and encouragements to help you get through tough times. Matt Haig shares the insights he gained while experiencing years of severe anxiety and depression, as well as his own unconventional strategies for developing a sense of self-worth and looking after your mental health. 

Who should read The Comfort Book?

  • Fans of Matt Haig’s honest and unconventional approach to discussing mental health
  • Anyone looking for strategies to build emotional resilience 
  • People grappling with pandemic-related uncertainty

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Meaningful Living Books: Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet

Things No One Else Can Teach Us

Humble the Poet
Turning Losses Into Lessons
4.6 (699 ratings)
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What's Things No One Else Can Teach Us about?

Things No One Else Can Teach Us (2019) is a part-memoir, part-unconventional self-help book. Full of revealing personal stories and philosophical musings, it will inspire you to question your beliefs about failure, success, and what really makes life meaningful.

Who should read Things No One Else Can Teach Us?

  • Would-be creatives looking for encouragement to follow the life of their dreams
  • Self-development and personal growth seekers
  • Fans of Humble the Poet who want to learn more about his life

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Meaningful Living Books: Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

Living Buddha, Living Christ

Thich Nhat Hanh
Explore the common ground of Christianity and Buddhism
4.2 (265 ratings)
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What's Living Buddha, Living Christ about?

Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995) is a meditation on the surprising intersections between Buddhism and Christianity. This thoughtful text shows the common ground shared by two of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders.

Who should read Living Buddha, Living Christ?

  • Christians seeking a new perspective on Christ
  • Buddhists looking to enrich their practice
  • Anyone wanting to cultivate a deeper spiritual life

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Meaningful Living Books: Return on Ambition by Nicolai Chen Nielsen and Nicolai Tillisch

Return on Ambition

Nicolai Chen Nielsen and Nicolai Tillisch
A Radical Approach to Your Achievement, Growth, and Well-Being
4.4 (307 ratings)
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What's Return on Ambition about?

Return on Ambition (2021) is a sensible and pragmatic guide for attaining success and achieving your goals. Based on the habits and strategies employed by high-performing and notable people, it gives insights that you can immediately apply to your own life.

Who should read Return on Ambition?

  • Ambitious types looking to get an edge
  • Plateaued professionals looking to break through to the next level
  • Anyone looking to optimize their workflow

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Meaningful Living Books: The Power of Fun by Catherine Price

The Power of Fun

Catherine Price
How to Feel Alive Again
4.4 (428 ratings)
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What's The Power of Fun about?

The Power of Fun (2021) explains why fun is fundamental to living a happy and healthy life and how to have more of it. Not just any old fun but True Fun – the kind of fun that makes you laugh, smile, and feel alive!

Who should read The Power of Fun?

  • "True Fun" seekers
  • Introverts who want to become fun magnets
  • Anyone who wants SPARKs to fly

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Meaningful Living Books: Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy

Million Dollar Habits

Brian Tracy
Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income
4.4 (1,348 ratings)
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What's Million Dollar Habits about?

Million Dollar Habits (2017) is the manual to your brain and your life that you never got in school. It explains the “secrets” of success and what you need to do to unlock your full potential.

Who should read Million Dollar Habits?

  • Millionaire wannabes
  • Couch potatoes looking to get fit and healthy 
  • People who want to develop great relationships

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Meaningful Living Books: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom
An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
4.4 (309 ratings)
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What's Tuesdays with Morrie about?

Tuesdays with Morrie (1997) chronicles an important relationship in Mitch Albom’s life – the one between himself and his old college professor, Morrie. As they reconnect during the professor’s final months of life, they discuss everything from greed and forgiveness to death and a meaningful life. 

Who should read Tuesdays with Morrie?

  • Anyone who feels lost 
  • Individuals actively searching for meaning and purpose
  • People contemplating how to live a good life

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Meaningful Living Books: Welcome Home by Najwa Zebian

Welcome Home

Najwa Zebian
A Guide to Building a Home for Your Soul
4.7 (566 ratings)
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What's Welcome Home about?

Welcome Home (2021) uses the metaphor of a house to provide a personalized blueprint for achieving self-worth, belonging, and happiness. Through personal stories, practical advice, and poetry, it lays out tools you can use to build a place where you’re at peace with yourself.

Who should read Welcome Home?

  • Young adults embarking on a journey of self-discovery
  • Lost or directionless individuals who want to take control of their lives
  • Anyone who wants to be stronger, happier, and emotionally healthier

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Meaningful Living Books: How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier

How to Begin

Michael Bungay Stanier
A Proven Plan to Start Something That Matters
4.4 (724 ratings)
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What's How to Begin about?

How to Begin (2022) argues that you unlock your greatness by working on the hard things. The things that matter. Not to your partner, friends, or family – but to you. The hardest part isn’t the work itself, though. It’s identifying the kinds of projects that are worth investing your time in. Projects which give your life meaning. And that’s what this book is really about: helping you discover worthy goals.

Who should read How to Begin?

  • Self-improvers stuck in a rut
  • Thinkers and doers
  • Anyone who wants to live their best life

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Meaningful Living Books: From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks

From Strength to Strength

Arthur C. Brooks
Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
4.5 (790 ratings)
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What's From Strength to Strength about?

From Strength to Strength (2022) is a roadmap for thriving in the second half of life. Packed with practical advice, it helps readers stop dwelling on past successes and find fulfillment in the present.

Who should read From Strength to Strength?

  • Anyone facing the decline of their professional abilities
  • Professionals preparing to pivot from one career to another
  • Everyone who wants to lead a life full of purpose

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Meaningful Living Books: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Translated and commentated on by Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Translated and commentated on by Sri Swami Satchidananda
Timeless Teachings for Mind, Body, and Emotional Harmony
4.7 (359 ratings)
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What's The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali about?

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (1978) is a classic text on yogic philosophy and practice. Written in ancient Sanskrit, it explains the core metaphysical, spiritual, psychological, moral, and ethical ideas of yoga. It also lays out the principles of how to practice yoga, so you can put those ideas into action and use them to achieve lasting happiness and inner peace. 

Who should read The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?

  • Seekers of wisdom, happiness, and peace 
  • Followers of Eastern spiritual traditions 
  • Anyone interested in those traditions

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Meaningful Living Books: The 6 Phase Meditation Method by Vishen Lakhiani

The 6 Phase Meditation Method

Vishen Lakhiani
The Proven Technique to Supercharge Your Mind, Manifest Your Goals, and Make Magic in Minutes a Day
4.6 (494 ratings)
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What's The 6 Phase Meditation Method about?

The 6 Phase Meditation Method (2022) is a ground-breaking transformational guide divided into six distinct phases. In as little as 20 minutes, you can reclaim your life and reap the many practical benefits of meditation.

Who should read The 6 Phase Meditation Method?

  • Failed meditation experimenters
  • Time-poor self-improvers
  • Mental-fitness geeks

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Meaningful Living Books: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda
3.5 (92 ratings)
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What's Autobiography of a Yogi about?

Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) is a deeply spiritual yet light-hearted account of the life of India’s preeminent yoga emissary to the West. In this epic, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates his encounters with legendary gurus, swamis, saints, and astral beings that guided him toward the fulfillment of his mission to unite East and West under one God through the personal and scientific practice of Kriya Yoga.

Who should read Autobiography of a Yogi?

  • Yoga devotees trying to learn more about the author’s personal journey
  • People curious about yoga and the enchanting world of astral beings and their interactions with humans
  • People of faith seeking points of contact and dialogue with different world religions

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Meaningful Living Books: Master Your Core by Bohdanna Zazulak

Master Your Core

Bohdanna Zazulak
A Science-Based Guide to Achieve Peak Performance and Resilience to Injury
4.3 (428 ratings)
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What's Master Your Core about?

Master Your Core (2021) provides a holistic overview of how strengthening your core can directly boost your athletic performance and mood while reducing injuries. It offers a scientific explanation of “core stability” and includes breathing, stretching, and dynamic exercises to train your core muscles and improve your overall health.

Who should read Master Your Core?

  • Desk workers who want to improve their posture and mood
  • Injury-adverse athletes looking to boost strength and power
  • Anyone craving sculpted abs with a side of mental well-being

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Meaningful Living Books: The Power of Unwavering Focus by Dandapani

The Power of Unwavering Focus

Dandapani
4.6 (883 ratings)
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What's The Power of Unwavering Focus about?

The Power of Unwavering Focus (2022) is a practical and personal guide that offers clear steps toward ending the distractions, fears, and worries that keep us stressed out and anxious, while carving a clear path toward more mental clarity and focus. Packed with concrete steps and personal reflections, it offers a deep look into the awesome power of the mind and how focus can help everyone live a more purposeful and joyful life.

Who should read The Power of Unwavering Focus?

  • Exhausted multitaskers feeling lost in the grind
  • Goal-seekers looking for a clearer path to success
  • Anyone wanting to live with more purpose in daily life

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Meaningful Living Books: Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein

Mindfulness

Joseph Goldstein
A Practical Guide to Awakening
4.6 (343 ratings)
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What's Mindfulness about?

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening (2013) explores how adopting a Buddhist approach to mindfulness can unlock a true and deeply felt freedom. The author draws on an ancient dialogue conducted by Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, and creates a clear, systemic path to establishing mindfulness of body, emotion, thought, and time as a way to overcome suffering.

Who should read Mindfulness?

  • Curious minds interested in the time-tested wisdom of the Buddha
  • Deep thinkers committed to living mindfully 
  • Anyone interested in using meditation to enrich their lives

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Meaningful Living Books: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

Kamal Ravikant
4.4 (779 ratings)
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What's Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It about?

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It (2020) is an uplifting and enlightening account of one man's journey to reclaim his life and destiny. It shares hard-won wisdom and unwavering commitment to self-love through a powerful combination of personal stories, practical advice, and an accessible meditation practice.

Who should read Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It?

  • Negative self-talkers
  • Anxious self-haters
  • Busy self-improvers

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Meaningful Living Books: Lighter by Yung Pueblo

Lighter

Yung Pueblo
Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future
4.6 (513 ratings)
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What's Lighter about?

Lighter (2022) guides anyone seeking self-improvement through the process of releasing the past and taking power over the future. It’s a combination of wisdom and proverbs as well as a practical guide for doing the inner work of self-healing.

Who should read Lighter?

  • Self-improvement seekers
  • Buddhism buffs
  • Anyone who needs to heal from the past

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Meaningful Living Books: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig
4.6 (117 ratings)
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What's The Midnight Library about?

The Midnight Library (2020) centers around the infinite lives of one person, Nora Seed. In the Midnight Library, she’s able to choose lives that she might have led if she had made different decisions. But, as Nora soon finds out, the reality of life based on those decisions doesn’t always turn out the way it was imagined.

Who should read The Midnight Library?

  • Anyone whose regrets lie heavily in their thoughts
  • Science-fiction lovers
  • Those who think they need to understand life

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Meaningful Living Books: Abundance by Deepak Chopra

Abundance

Deepak Chopra
The Inner Path to Wealth
4.5 (422 ratings)
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What's Abundance about?

Abundance (2022) offers a new way of releasing you from a life of lack and scarcity. By using its meditation techniques, you can transform your life from one dogged by limitations into one where you want for nothing.

Who should read Abundance?

  • Seekers of fulfillment wanting to live their best lives
  • Ambitious dreamers wishing to transform goals into reality
  • Yogis looking to take their practice to the next level

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Meaningful Living Books: Spiritual Activator by Oliver Niño

Spiritual Activator

Oliver Niño
5 Steps to Clearing, Unblocking, and Protecting Your Energy to Attract More Love, Joy, and Purpose
3.9 (75 ratings)
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What's Spiritual Activator about?

Spiritual Activator (2023) provides a five-step program to detox your energetic body so that you can overcome the blocks that prevent you from being your highest self. By following the program over 15 days, you can cleanse yourself of negative influences and encourage abundance, love, and peace into your life.

Who should read Spiritual Activator?

  • People trapped in negative thought patterns
  • Those who feel disempowered, lost, or unfulfilled
  • Seekers of peace and abundance

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Meaningful Living Books: Live Life in Crescendo by Stephen R. Covey and Cynthia Covey Haller

Live Life in Crescendo

Stephen R. Covey and Cynthia Covey Haller
Your Most Important Work is Always Ahead of You
4.5 (241 ratings)
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What's Live Life in Crescendo about?

Live Life in Crescendo (2022) anecdotally provides the answers to many questions about life: How do you live your best life, no matter how old you are? How do you respond to life-changing challenges? What do you do if you have a midlife crisis? It shows how to live life in crescendo – continually growing in contribution, learning, and influence.

Who should read Live Life in Crescendo?

  • People experiencing a midlife (or quarterlife) crisis
  • High achievers looking for a new challenge in life
  • Anyone who wants to learn inspiring life lessons

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Meaningful Living Books: 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think

Brianna Wiest
4.4 (714 ratings)
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What's 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think about?

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think (2016) is an antidote to anxiety, but not in the way you think. Instead of mounting roadblocks against your darkest feelings, it encourages you to use them as agents of personal growth. Managing your thoughts will lead you toward the daily habits that will bring you fulfillment.

Who should read 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think?

  • People in their twenties trying to find purpose and meaning, and manage their anxiety
  • Thirtysomethings who want to understand how their past has shaped their present and how they can still salvage the future
  • Those who want to find joy and fulfillment in being themselves

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Meaningful Living Books: Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday

Discipline Is Destiny

Ryan Holiday
The Power of Self-Control
4.7 (1,769 ratings)
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What's Discipline Is Destiny about?

Discipline Is Destiny (2022) draws on Stoic virtues to make a case for a life guided by self-discipline. It shows how being in control of your body, thoughts, and emotions is a prerequisite to mastering anything else – and uses historical figures to illustrate how things like sleep, discomfort, and kindness tie into greatness. 

Who should read Discipline Is Destiny?

  • Frazzled folks looking for more structure in their lives
  • Go-getters who want to optimize their time and energy
  • Anyone seeking actionable steps to improve their happiness and well-being

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Meaningful Living Books: Living Untethered by Michael A. Singer

Living Untethered

Michael A. Singer
Beyond the Human Predicament
4.4 (344 ratings)
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What's Living Untethered about?

Living Untethered (2022) is your guide to finding self-realization and unconditional happiness. It provides practical guidance on moving beyond your thoughts, feeling, and emotions and will help you to stop struggling and start experiencing life to its fullest.

Who should read Living Untethered?

  • Spiritual-guidance seekers
  • Anyone who wants to understand who they really are
  • People experiencing anxiety or tension who want to learn how to let go

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Meaningful Living Books: Awaken Your Genius by Ozan Varol

Awaken Your Genius

Ozan Varol
Escape Conformity, Ignite Creativity, and Become Extraordinary
4.5 (491 ratings)
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What's Awaken Your Genius about?

Awaken Your Genius (2023) is a straightforward yet philosophical guide to releasing the aspects of yourself that don’t suit your growth. Through a five-step process, it shows readers how they can find their way back to their unique and authentic genius selves.

Who should read Awaken Your Genius?

  • Anyone who feels stuck in a rut
  • People contemplating a major life change
  • Those looking to live more creative lives

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Meaningful Living Books: Young Forever by Mark Hyman

Young Forever

Mark Hyman
The Secrets to Living Your Longest, Healthiest Life
4.5 (346 ratings)
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What's Young Forever about?

Forever Young (2023) challenges the notion that poor health associated with aging is an inevitable part of life. Instead, it provides a roadmap to not only live longer but to enjoy good health until death.

Who should read Young Forever?

  • Young people wanting to set themselves up for a long, healthy life
  • Older people looking to reverse the aging process
  • Those suffering from disease who want to improve their well-being

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Meaningful Living Books: The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

The School of Greatness

Lewis Howes
A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
4.4 (114 ratings)
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What's The School of Greatness about?

The School of Greatness (2015) draws on the author’s own journey and his extensive research into what it takes to lead an inspiring and meaningful life. This includes his many interviews and conversations on the topic with leading figures including entrepreneurs, artists and athletes on his podcast of the same name. 

Who should read The School of Greatness?

  • Personal developers looking for practical, actionable advice
  • Aspiring leaders seeking daily habits to achieve their goals
  • Anyone looking to live a more meaningful, inspiring life

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Meaningful Living Books: Living in Flow by Sky Nelson-Isaacs

Living in Flow

Sky Nelson-Isaacs
The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World
4.2 (312 ratings)
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What's Living in Flow about?

Living in Flow (2019) invites you on a transformative journey to discover the power of synchronicity – and, through it, to create a life filled with ease, joy, and fulfillment. Unveiling the science behind meaningful coincidences, it provides practical guidance for aligning yourself with life's natural rhythms and unlocking your full potential.

Who should read Living in Flow?

  • Personal development enthusiasts
  • Science-minded individuals
  • Fans of Carl Jung

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Meaningful Living Books: Unlearn by Humble the Poet

Unlearn

Humble the Poet
101 Simple Truths for a Better Life
4.2 (492 ratings)
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What's Unlearn about?

Unlearn (2014) is a collection of 101 short essays on how to live a better life. These succinct yet profound essays prompt you to challenge your own beliefs as well as the commonly held assumptions of wider society. The truths revealed about happiness, love, success, and truth itself aren’t always easy to hear, but they’re crucial insights into the nature of empowerment and freedom.

Who should read Unlearn?

  • Anyone feeling lost or stuck in life
  • Those looking to improve their relationships with others and themselves
  • Artists seeking inspiration

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Meaningful Living Books: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet

William Shakespeare
4.8 (82 ratings)
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What's Hamlet about?

Hamlet (c. 1509-1601) is widely regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest play. A tragedy in five parts, it tells the story of Prince Hamlet, a thinker who must turn to action to avenge his father. It’s not only the finely crafted plot that’s fascinated readers and theatergoers down the centuries, though – Hamlet is also a penetrating study of the meaning of life and death.

Who should read Hamlet?

  • Shakespeare lovers who haven’t gotten around to reading Hamlet
  • Those who find Shakespeare’s original language difficult to enjoy
  • Fans of Hamlet who want a refresher

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Meaningful Living Books: The Greatness Mindset by Lewis Howes

The Greatness Mindset

Lewis Howes
Unlock the Power of Your Mind and Live Your Best Life Today
4.4 (391 ratings)
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What's The Greatness Mindset about?

The Greatness Mindset (2023) is a powerful guide to unlocking your full potential and living your best life. With personal stories, transformational strategies, and step-by-step guidance, you'll learn how to define your purpose, conquer self-doubt, and start your journey toward a rich, abundant future.

Who should read The Greatness Mindset?

  • Self-reinventors
  • Ambitious millennials
  • Goal-oriented achievers

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Meaningful Living Books: I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith
How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It
4.4 (433 ratings)
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What's I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was about?

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was (1994) offers practical guidance to help people figure out what they want in life and how to use that knowledge to go after it. It tackles the most common obstacles to goal-setting with exercises and tactics that help people customize an approach that works best for them.

Who should read I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was?

  • People who do not know what they want in life
  • High achievers who feel like something is missing
  • Anyone struggling with figuring out their next steps

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Meaningful Living Books: Life Worth Living by Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun and Ryan McAnnally-Linz

Life Worth Living

Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun and Ryan McAnnally-Linz
A Guide to What Matters Most
4.3 (418 ratings)
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What's Life Worth Living about?

Life Worth Living (2023) is about discovering your own vision for a meaningful life. It offers a wide spectrum of philosophic and theological ideas in order to better understand what is most important to you, and how to turn that understanding into action.

Who should read Life Worth Living?

  • Anyone who’s ever wondered about the meaning of life
  • People interested in theology and comparative religion studies
  • Curious minds looking for inspiration and guidance

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Meaningful Living Books: Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly

Excellent Advice for Living

Kevin Kelly
Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier
4.1 (670 ratings)
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What's Excellent Advice for Living about?

Excellent Advice for Living (2023) is a collection of 450 aphorisms that will help you start living a better life. Covering everything from parenting and travel to survival and success, it invites you to pick and choose from a plentiful feast of bite-size wisdom. 

Who should read Excellent Advice for Living?

  • Young people entering college or the workforce
  • Individuals starting – or looking to start – a family
  • Older folks seeking a shot of inspiration

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Meaningful Living Books: Happy Mind, Happy Life by Rangan Chatterjee

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Rangan Chatterjee
The New Science of Mental Well-Being
4.5 (312 ratings)
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What's Happy Mind, Happy Life about?

Happy Mind, Happy Life (2022) busts the age-old myth that happiness is a by-product of wealth or success. Instead, it’s something to cultivate and nurture independent of life’s circumstances.

Who should read Happy Mind, Happy Life?

  • Frustrated achievers wondering why their hard work isn’t making them happier
  • Those seeking insight into the mind-body health connection
  • Anyone wanting to live with more joy and mindfulness

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Meaningful Living Books: Be Water, My Friend by Shannon Lee

Be Water, My Friend

Shannon Lee
The True Teachings of Bruce Lee
4.6 (422 ratings)
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What's Be Water, My Friend about?

Be Water, My Friend (2020) is part inspirational guide, part intimate memoir, centered on Bruce Lee’s “Be water” philosophy. Drawing on Lee’s deep relationship with the element and his lifelong martial arts practice, it offers simple yet profound teachings on self-actualization. 

Who should read Be Water, My Friend?

  • Die-hard Bruce Lee fans 
  • Those pursuing personal growth and self-actualization 
  • Anyone interested in Eastern philosophies

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Meaningful Living Books: Phaedo by Plato

Phaedo

Plato
4.3 (50 ratings)
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What's Phaedo about?

Phaedo (written around 360 BC), discusses the immortality of the soul, life after death, and true philosophy. It showcases Socratic dialogues, where Socrates, on his deathbed, debates these subjects with his disciples.

Who should read Phaedo?

  • Philosophy enthusiasts
  • Those interested in the afterlife
  • Seekers of metaphysical knowledge

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Meaningful Living Books: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
4.0 (27 ratings)
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What's The Cost of Discipleship about?

The Cost of Discipleship, first released in 1937, examines the fundamental commitment required to truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. It explores the idea of “cheap grace” versus “costly grace,” presenting an argument that genuine discipleship demands a substantial personal sacrifice.

Who should read The Cost of Discipleship?

  • Theology students
  • Practicing Christians
  • Readers interested in religious philosophy

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Meaningful Living Books: The Saad Truth about Happiness by Gad Saad

The Saad Truth about Happiness

Gad Saad
8 Secrets for Leading the Good Life
4.1 (153 ratings)
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What's The Saad Truth about Happiness about?

The Saad Truth about Happiness (2023) offers a series of life lessons from the perspective of a behavioral scientist. Whether you're looking to improve your relationships, your career, or your overall well-being, you’re likely to find some inspiration within these guidelines on good living.

Who should read The Saad Truth about Happiness?

  • Anyone pursuing happiness
  • People seeking a more meaningful life
  • Fans of self-help books with lots of actionable advice

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Meaningful Living Books: Leading an Inspired Life by Jim Rohn

Leading an Inspired Life

Jim Rohn
4.4 (423 ratings)
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What's Leading an Inspired Life about?

Leading an Inspired Life (1996) is a philosophy that will transform your life and business. It’s a credo that will help you attain inner fulfillment, financial independence, and the opportunity to elevate your lifestyle while positively contributing to society.

Who should read Leading an Inspired Life?

  • Anyone who wants to be happy and successful
  • Those trying to start or elevate a business
  • People trying to increase their value in the marketplace

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Meaningful Living Books: Build the Life You Want by Arthur C. Brooks & Oprah Winfrey

Build the Life You Want

Arthur C. Brooks & Oprah Winfrey
The Art and Science of Getting Happier
4.2 (554 ratings)
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What's Build the Life You Want about?

Build the Life You Want (2023) provides a blueprint for a happier life. Based on scientific knowledge and decades of personal and academic research, it offers practical strategies that you can implement to increase your happiness immediately, regardless of your circumstances.

Who should read Build the Life You Want?

  • Happiness seekers
  • Lonely souls looking for connection
  • Cravers of purpose and meaning

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Meaningful Living Books: Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi

Awakening Your Ikigai

Ken Mogi
How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day
4.5 (1,037 ratings)
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What's Awakening Your Ikigai about?

Awakening Your Ikigai (2018) introduces the Japanese concept of ikigai or “life’s purpose,” and explains how uncovering and nurturing ikigai can catalyze a life filled with purpose and meaning.

Who should read Awakening Your Ikigai?

  • Serial snooze-button users who want to wake up feeling inspired
  • Workers who feel they’re just going through the motions
  • Anyone interested in uncovering their higher calling

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Meaningful Living Books: Happy Sexy Millionaire by Steven Bartlett

Happy Sexy Millionaire

Steven Bartlett
Unexpected Truths about Fulfillment, Love, and Success
4.4 (356 ratings)
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What's Happy Sexy Millionaire about?

Happy Sexy Millionaire (2021) is part unfiltered memoir, part practical guide, and part desperate plea to today’s connected generation. Challenging pervasive narratives around what we “should” be chasing, it posits that fulfillment, genuine relationships, and intrinsic success are the true markers of a life well lived, and offers a range of strategies to get you on your way. 

Who should read Happy Sexy Millionaire?

  • Those feeling they may be chasing the wrong things 
  • Entrepreneurs carving out their own definition of “success” 
  • Individuals interested in self-discovery and personal development

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Meaningful Living Books: Travel Light by Light Watkins

Travel Light

Light Watkins
Spiritual Minimalism to Live a More Fulfilled Life
4.4 (53 ratings)
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What's Travel Light about?

Travel Light (2023) is a refreshing take on the practice and philosophy of minimalism. Rather than focusing on streamlining physical possessions, it suggests that true minimalism begins from within, with the streamlining of beliefs and desires. 

Who should read Travel Light?

  • Minimalism enthusiasts
  • Those who want to live more simply but don’t necessarily want to give away all their stuff
  • Individuals who’ve already given away their stuff who’re questioning the effectiveness of minimalism

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Meaningful Living Books: The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

The Conquest of Happiness

Bertrand Russell
4.5 (103 ratings)
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What's The Conquest of Happiness about?

The Conquest of Happiness (1930) explores the pursuit of human happiness. It dissects common obstacles to happiness, such as competition and fatigue, as well as the various factors that contribute to it. Equal parts philosophical and practical, you’ll come away with a deepened understanding of, and preparedness for, a fulfilling life. 

Who should read The Conquest of Happiness?

  • Anyone wanting to increase their sense of fulfillment
  • Individuals interested in the development of the personal happiness movement
  • Philosophy enthusiasts seeking an understanding of Russell’s perspective

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Meaningful Living Books: Finding Your Way by Sharon Salzberg

Finding Your Way

Sharon Salzberg
Meditations, Thoughts, and Wisdom for Living an Authentic Life
4.5 (79 ratings)
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What's Finding Your Way about?

Finding Your Way (2023) is a practical guide to living a fulfilling and purposeful life through the power of mindfulness and meditation. Through a collection of thoughts, reflections, and one-page meditation exercises, it aims to help readers shift their perspectives, nurture compassion, and foster connections with the world around them.

Who should read Finding Your Way?

  • Daily reflectors
  • Resilience builders
  • Mindfulness practitioners

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Meaningful Living Books: Live Free by DeVon Franklin

Live Free

DeVon Franklin
Exceed Your Highest Expectations
3.7 (423 ratings)
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What's Live Free about?

Live Free (2021) discusses the importance of properly setting expectations in all areas of life in order to live freely and happily. From navigating the complexities of relationships and cultural norms to redefining success in your professional life, it offers insights and strategies for setting and communicating expectations that resonate with your true self. 

Who should read Live Free?

  • Individuals struggling with societal and cultural expectations 
  • Professionals feeling unfulfilled with their careers
  • Seekers of personal growth and self-awareness

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Meaningful Living Books: Finding Clarity by Marc Lesser

Finding Clarity

Marc Lesser
How Compassionate Accountability Builds Vibrant Relationships, Thriving Workplaces, and Meaningful Lives
4.4 (224 ratings)
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What's Finding Clarity about?

Finding Clarity (2023) offers insight into developing more fulfilling personal and professional relationships through the practice of compassionate accountability. It delves into seven strategies for enhancing communication and understanding in relationships, to foster environments that are both supportive and productive. 

Who should read Finding Clarity?

  • Professionals seeking improved workplace communication and leadership skills
  • Individuals looking to enhance personal relationship dynamics
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness and emotional intelligence development

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Meaningful Living Books: The Inner Work by Mathew Micheletti & Ashley Cottrell

The Inner Work

Mathew Micheletti & Ashley Cottrell
An Invitation to True Freedom and Lasting Happiness
4.5 (300 ratings)
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What's The Inner Work about?

The Inner Work (2019) is a profound yet practical guide that provides the essential tools to break free and unlock your highest potential. Integrating spiritual insight and psychology, it leads you step-by-step through the inner transformation required to end pain and reclaim inner peace. 

Who should read The Inner Work?

  • People who feel trapped by feelings of inadequacy, negativity, and shame
  • People who know they’re not living up to their full, radical potential
  • Anyone interested in living joyfully, mindfully, and wholeheartedly

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Meaningful Living Books: Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Be Here Now

Ram Dass
4.2 (181 ratings)
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What's Be Here Now about?

Be Here Now (1971) is the story of one man’s spiritual awakening in India. In addition to his learnings and insights, it contains practical guidance for anyone embarking on their own spiritual journey.

Who should read Be Here Now?

  • Truth-seekers
  • People who want to deepen their happiness and fulfillment
  • Anyone interested in Eastern spirituality

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Meaningful Living Books: Generosity Wins by Monte Wood & Nicole F. Roberts

Generosity Wins

Monte Wood & Nicole F. Roberts
How and Why this Game-Changing Superpower Drives Our Success
4.0 (57 ratings)
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What's Generosity Wins about?

Generosity Wins (2023) explores the concept of generosity not just as a moral virtue but as a powerful tool in personal and professional life. It delves into the idea that true generosity benefits both the giver and the receiver, creating a positive ripple effect in society that fosters trust, stronger relationships, and enhanced community well-being.

Who should read Generosity Wins?

  • Business leaders
  • Aspiring professionals
  • Social enthusiasts

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Meaningful Living Books: Lessons for Living by Phil Stutz

Lessons for Living

Phil Stutz
What Only Adversity Can Teach You
3.9 (137 ratings)
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What's Lessons for Living about?

Lessons for Living (2023) is a collection of short essays that speak to the pivotal role acknowledgment of higher forces plays in effective psychotherapy and self-development. It argues that all our modern psychological ailments – from a lack of discipline to the pervasive background hum of dissatisfaction – can be healed with a proper understanding and appreciation of the powers that govern all of creation. 

Who should read Lessons for Living?

  • Anyone committed to thriving in today’s adversity-rife world
  • Individuals seeking meaning through a struggle or obstacle
  • Readers of personal development and self-help titles

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Meaningful Living Books: Remember Love by Cleo Wade

Remember Love

Cleo Wade
Words for Tender Times
3.8 (30 ratings)
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What's Remember Love about?

Remember Love (2023) navigates the journey of embracing lostness as a transformative passage towards self-discovery and love. It suggests that experiencing phases of being lost isn’t a permanent state but a starting point for a deeper understanding of oneself. This perspective encourages readers to find love and solace within themselves, even in moments of disorientation or change.

Who should read Remember Love?

  • Fans of inspirational poetry
  • Self-help enthusiasts
  • Seekers of personal growth

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Meaningful Living Books: Secrets of Divine Love by A. Helwa

Secrets of Divine Love

A. Helwa
A Spiritual Journey Into the Heart of Islam
4.2 (22 ratings)
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What's Secrets of Divine Love about?

Secrets of Divine Love (2020) delves into the spiritual depths of Islam, offering insights into its universal themes of divine connection and oneness. It explores the unique essence of God, the role of the Qur'an as a guide, and the transformative journey through Islam's spiritual stages, illuminating the path to inner fulfillment and universal kinship.

Who should read Secrets of Divine Love?

  • Curious cats wondering about Islam
  • Divine truth detectives
  • Avid intrafaith researchers

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Meaningful Living Books: How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job by Dale Carnegie

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job

Dale Carnegie
4.6 (37 ratings)
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What's How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job about?

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job (1955) provides guidance about getting more out of your day-to-day life, by generating more energy into your workday and improving your personal relationships. It sheds a light on how human nature influences the way we behave, so you can improve your interpersonal skills and deepen your self-understanding.

Who should read How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job?

  • The chronically weary
  • Managers who want to become more effective leaders
  • Students of human nature

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Meaningful Living Books: Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson
4.4 (173 ratings)
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What's Self-Reliance about?

Self-Reliance (1841) challenges societal conventions and stresses the importance of individual thought, independence, and self-expression. It serves as Emerson’s passionate advocacy for intellectual freedom and nonconformity.

Who should read Self-Reliance?

  • Independent thinkers
  • Lovers of philosophical texts
  • Students of American literature

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Meaningful Living Books: The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

The Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle
4.2 (256 ratings)
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What's The Nicomachean Ethics about?

The Nicomachean Ethics (around 340 BC) explores the question of what makes a good life. It argues that achieving a balanced, virtuous life through rational activity is the essence of human happiness.

Who should read The Nicomachean Ethics?

  • Students of philosophy
  • Those interested in ethics
  • Anyone seeking a meaningful life

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Meaningful Living Books: Radiant Rebellion by Karen Walrond

Radiant Rebellion

Karen Walrond
Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell
3.5 (19 ratings)
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What's Radiant Rebellion about?

Radiant Rebellion (2023) challenges the conventional perceptions of aging, arguing that growing older can be a period filled with happiness and health, contrary to common ageist beliefs.

Who should read Radiant Rebellion?

  • Aging individuals
  • Wellness enthusiasts
  • Anti-ageist advocates

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Meaningful Living Books: Do the New You by Steven Furtick

Do the New You

Steven Furtick
6 Mindsets to Become Who You Were Created to Be
3.3 (227 ratings)
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What's Do the New You about?

Do the New You (2024) explores how to align your self-perception with God’s vision to become the person he designed you to be. It speaks to the challenge of living out your authentic, God-given identity and calling by unpacking practical mindsets to shift from who you are today to where God is leading you. It emphasizes that the true, ideal you isn’t an imaginary future self but the “you” God has always known you to be.

Who should read Do the New You?

  • Anyone seeking their identity in Christ
  • People struggling with self-acceptance
  • Christians seeking spiritual growth

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Meaningful Living Books: Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! by Kate Bowler

Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day!

Kate Bowler
Daily Meditations for the Ups, Downs & In-Betweens
4.2 (114 ratings)
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What's Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! about?

Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! (2024) is a compilation of concise reflections and practical steps, imbued with spiritual wisdom, designed to support you through daily challenges, regardless of whether your experiences are positive, negative, or somewhere in between. Developed from a period of enduring chronic pain, it offers insights into navigating life’s obstacle courses, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and embracing both the highs and lows to foster resilience.

Who should read Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day!?

  • Individuals seeking comfort during challenging times
  • Readers interested in personal growth and resilience
  • Fans of reflective, action-oriented self-help literature

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Meaningful Living Books: Sparked by Jonathan Fields

Sparked

Jonathan Fields
Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work That Makes You Come Alive
4.7 (3 ratings)
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What's Sparked about?

Sparked (2021) explores the concept of Sparketypes, identifying ten innate impulses that drive individuals in various aspects of their lives, including work, relationships, and personal growth. It helps people to align their endeavors with their natural inclinations, and embark on a journey towards greater fulfillment and authenticity.

Who should read Sparked?

  • Anyone looking for career guidance
  • Leaders interested in personality types
  • People in need of a motivating spark in life

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Meaningful Living Books: Mostly What God Does by Savannah Guthrie

Mostly What God Does

Savannah Guthrie
Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere
4.7 (12 ratings)
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What's Mostly What God Does about?

Mostly What God Does (2024) explores the profound and often unexpected ways faith can manifest in daily life. Through personal insights and reflections, it invites you to consider how the six essentials of connection to God – love, presence, praise, grace, hope, and purpose – color and shape every facet of your experience.

Who should read Mostly What God Does?

  • Individuals exploring their faith or spirituality 
  • Fans of Savannah Guthrie’s journalism and writing 
  • Book clubs focused on inspirational and motivational works

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Meaningful Living Books: Think Remarkable by Guy Kawasaki & Madisun Nuismer

Think Remarkable

Guy Kawasaki & Madisun Nuismer
9 Paths to Transform Your Life and Make a Difference
4.4 (18 ratings)
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What's Think Remarkable about?

Think Remarkable (2023) is a transformative guide to unlocking your full potential and living an extraordinary life. It draws on the wisdom and insights of remarkable individuals to provide a blueprint for personal growth and success.

Who should read Think Remarkable?

  • Students aiming to develop the skills and mindset needed for success
  • Anyone feeling stuck in a rut and wanting to break free from mediocrity
  • Those seeking inspiration and guidance from the world’s most remarkable people

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What's the best Meaningful Living book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard First Things First as the ultimate read on Meaningful Living.

What are the Top 10 Meaningful Living books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
  • Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
  • Stop Reading the News by Rolf Dobelli
  • Together by Vivek H. Murthy
  • Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman
  • How to Be an Epicurean by Catherine Wilson
  • The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi

Who are the top Meaningful Living book authors?

When it comes to Meaningful Living, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
  • Michael A. Singer
  • Brené Brown
  • Alan Watts
  • Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus