self love books pdf

I know, finding answers in the self-help aisle at the bookstore might feel just a tad awkward (blaming you, movie trope about a character shamefully entering that section at their local Barnes & Noble). But that’s no reason to skip them.

Truth is, it’s 2019 and self-love is cool—which means there are a TON of great self-love books that offer legit helpful and practice advice on how to build a positive relationship with yourself and your body.

And also because it’s 2019, you don’t even need to set foot in a brick-and-mortar shop anymore—not that you should feel any shame in your self-help game, but in case you’re pressed for time or just don’t feel like schlepping. Amazon did start as an online bookstore, after all. (Did everyone forget that??)

These 14 best self-love books, approved by mental-health experts (they know their stuff), will hit every note of the love-thyself spectrum you may be needing. Shop ’em, read ’em, then give yourself that much-needed hug.

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BEST FOR LEARNING TO SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF
The Assertiveness Guide for Women

Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD
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$16.95
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Standing up for yourself can often be easier said than done—that is, until you check out this read. Written by a therapist (who, btw, pulls from interactions with anonymous clients to provide tangible examples and evidence), this book will help you understand your attachment style.

Plus, it explains how that attachment style can play a role in your ability to communicate and assert yourself in everyday life, says Liz Morrison, LCSW, psychotherapist and group practice owner in New York City.

Added bonus? Hanks’ guide comes with a workbook so you can do “some tangible self-assessment,” Morrison says. Self-love, self-improvement…it’s all one big circle.

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BEST FOR SPARKING CREATIVITY
Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert
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$13.99
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If you couldn’t get enough of Eat, Pray, Love, then you’re going to absolutely devour this bestseller also by author Elizabeth Gilbert. While these pages aren’t packed with the same continental conquests, they offer just as much, if not more, inspiration, as Gilbert talks about her own processes for igniting her creativity and eliminating unnecessary pain and stress from her life.

The result? “A helpful book for people who are looking to utilize creative coping strategies to help them feel better when they are feeling down,” Morrison says. So…recent breakup? **Adds to basket.**

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BEST FOR BEING KINDER TO YOURSELF
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Gary Chapman
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$15.99
$9.59 (40% off)
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One of the many lessons in Gary Chapman’s #iconic book is that, before you can have a positive relationship, you must understand and love yourself first.

But how? Quite simply by pulling from the concepts of the five love languages, which help you identify how you give and receive love to others. Let’s say your love language is Words of Affirmation—it’s time to start engaging in positive self-talk and practicing daily mantras.

By doing these two things, you begin to work on being kinder to yourself, which isn’t always the easiest task, Morrison explains.

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BEST FOR TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH
Daring Greatly

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
amazon.com
$17.00
$9.39 (45% off)
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Ah, the C word. Courage, of course! (Girl, get your mind out of that gutter.) And there’s no one who knows it better than Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW. In this book in particular (she’s published quite a few), Brown covers a range of topics from shame to empathy and compassion. All of which start from yourself.

But her main focus is on that scary thing called vulnerability. Namely, how—despite being so frightening—it’s actually the way to get to new experiences and other positives like love, joy, and happiness. This empowering book will help you see how taking chances can truly be life-changing, Morrison says.

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