The Best Books for Finding your Purpose


New years is right around the corner, which is why we’re bringing you the best books for finding your purpose. Whether you’re trying to find a sense of purpose, inner peace,
or find your true calling. We promise there’s a book that will help point you in the right direction!

best books for finding your purpose

Picture it; the snow is falling outside, and you are curled up inside with the perfect book.

Now that 2022 is winding down, it’s the perfect time to evaluate your life’s purpose and successes for the year. It’s also the best way to assess areas you’d like to improve on for the future (you don’t need to wait until 2023 to set new goals or intentions!)

We’ve found ten amazing purpose-filled books to help you set the tone for 2023 now. These books will help you improve your quality of life while finding purpose and strength in whatever you’re looking to change!

The Best Books for Finding your Purpose

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that will Bring Purpose to your Life by Chris Guillebeau

This book is a remarkable guide to the quests that give our lives meaning and how to find our own. Chris Guillebeau set his own life goal at an early age; to visit all of the planet’s countries by the age of thirty-five. Throughout his global journey, he met ordinary people working towards extraordinary goals. The more people Chris met, and listened to their personal stories, the more he realized there was a direct correlation between a man’s journey and long-term happiness, leading him to complete this magnificent read on the phenomenon.

In his novel, Chris draws on interviews with hundreds of people who reveal their secrets for motivation, problem-solving tricks, and external resources for success. This great book will challenge readers to take control of their lives through clear commitments and of course, through life experience. This book will inspire readers of every age and is described by many as a “playbook” for making life count. Chris Guillebeau is also a New York Times bestselling author of the $100 Startup and 100 Side Hustles (which is another good book that I’ve linked HERE).

Chris Guillebeau

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that will Bring Purpose to your Life

A remarkable guide to the quests that give our lives meaning and long-term happiness.

The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, And Build A Life That Matters by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Feeling stuck in a work rut or inner creative battle? Looking to feel inspired and make a difference? After realizing that his well-paying, highly sought-after job was making him miserable, Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky started asking himself big questions. He thought material success would equal happiness. But in the novel, he provides readers with fresh and honest career advice for anyone feeling stuck in a quarter-life or third-life crisis. This novel looks deep into the lives of many twenty and thirty-something year old’s who have discovered how to do work with purpose and still pay the bills. This book is aimed at millennials looking to change careers early on but has relevant information for anyone looking to pursue a more purposeful work life.

ADAM SMILEY POSWOLSKY

The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life that Matters

Adam explores the world of happiness, after his own experience of realizing his well-paying, highly sought-after job was really making him miserable.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The New York Times bestseller, which was also recommended by Oprah Winfrey is one of my all-time favorite books. The Power of Now has made me more aware and mindful in my daily life. It’s opened my eyes to what being truly present means, in turn making me a better wife, mother, and friend. In the book, Tolle teaches readers how to live fully present, and to free their minds from worrying about the future, which he says is the natural enemy.

My favorite part is that he gives actionable and strategic tips to help you strengthen your mind and live a purpose-driven life. Tolle is also well known for his novel, New Earth which we’ll also link for you here.

Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now

The New York Times bestseller, and highly recommended by Oprah Winfrey. The Power of Now takes a deep dive into mindfulness and being truly present.

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

This interactive journal was designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. Meera knows that life can be confusing and chaotic and that by taking the time to know yourself and learn how to follow your own north star. By the end of this book, you’ll learn to appreciate the steps. and hard work it took to achieve them. This beautiful and uplifting journal presents prompts, exercises, and open-ended questions to encourage reflective thinking. We also think this would make the perfect gift for anyone venturing into the world of journaling.

Meera Lee Patel

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

This interactive journal was designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

With over 2 million copies sold, this #1 International Bestseller is on the list for a reason, and one of the first books I bought last year. In this generation-defining self-help book, Mark Manson, a superstar blogger, shows us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become the best versions of ourselves.

Mark breaks down the barriers in the decade-old saying that positive thinking is the key to a happy life. Mark’s approach is raw and real and oh-so refreshing, unlike most self-help books on the market today. Mark spends a great deal of time in the book helping you figure out what things to truly care about and is the perfect refreshing read for our generation to lead contended grounded lives.

Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

With over 2 million copies sold, this #1 International Bestseller is a generation-defining self-help book.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck is a renowned Psychologist whose introspective work of having a “growth mindset”. After years of research, Dweck determined the key to success in school, work, or life is having a growth mindset. In her data-driven section of her book, she explains the difference between a fixed mindset (believing you are born with your talents and skills and they cannot be learned) and a growth mindset (the belief that you can learn new skills and talent). But perhaps one of the main points of Dweck’s book is that mindset is important, and it’s the first step to finding your full potential. Perhaps this book will be a wake-up call for some about reframing your mindset when it comes to talents and abilities.

By far one of the most interesting books I have ever read, and I highly recommend it!

Carol Dweck

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Renowned Psychologist teaches about the secret to success in any area of life. We learn about “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset”.

Educated by Tara Westover

Let me start by saying that this book is not your typical self-help book. This stunning memoir is however one women’s story about family, loss, and her struggle for a better future. If you’ve read it, you know it’s incredibly empowering. This #1 International Bestseller takes you into the life of Tara Westover. The first time she ever set foot in a classroom was at the age of seventeen. Growing up, she had no birth certificate, no medical records, and none of the luxuries we consider normal. This memoir takes you through the darkest parts of her life to her greatest accomplishments, graduating from University and receiving her Ph.D. in intellectual history and political thought. You will cheer her on, feel her pain and ultimately celebrate her success as you read about her unforgettable life and find strength in hers to conquer your own obstacles.

Tara Westover

Educated

Not your typical self-help book! This stunning memoir is about one women’s story about family, loss, and her struggle for a better future.

The Happiness Advantage: How A Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor

This International bestseller is an engaging read, a deeply researched guide to flourishing in a world of increasing stress and negativity. The book focuses on the realization that happiness is not a belief that we don’t need to change but rather the realization that we can. In the book, Shawn draws on original research from one of the largest studies of happiness ever conducted to deliver the message on how to rewire your brain for positivity and optimism and reap the benefits in your overall life, your career, and even your health.

Shawn Achor

The Happiness Advantage: How A Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

The International Bestseller is an engaging read, a deeply researched guide to flourishing in a world of increasing stress and negativity.

The Book of Boundaries: Set the Limits That Will Set You Free by Melissa Urban

We believe Boundaries is going to be a word you start to hear more of in 2023 and Melissa Urban is leading the pact. Her book focuses on setting limits to set you free. This practical guide will be your key to happiness in 2023 and is going to revolutionize your relationships. Do the relationships you keep feel one side or unbalanced? Do you find yourself always giving so things will go smoothly? or do you want to feel good about saying no? Feeling tired, depleted, and overwhelmed from putting everyone else’s needs before your own? Since launching this book, Melissa has taught millions of people how to establish healthy boundaries and successfully navigate pushback and peer pressure. If you’re looking to protect your time, health, and energy now and forever, grab this book and push it to the top of your reading list this winter.

Melissa Urban

The Book of Boundaries: Set the Limits that Will Set you Free

A book that focuses on setting limits to set you free. This practical guide will be your key to happiness in 2023 and is going to revolutionize your relationships.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi

This book is the life-changing magic of tidying up your mind. “The Courage to be Disliked” is a Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself from the shackles of past experiences and others’ expectations to achieve real happiness and a fulfilling life. This book is written similarly to Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” but for the mind. Couldn’t we all stand to be a little free in 2023?

Ichiro Kishimi

The Courage to be Disliked

This book is the life-changing magic of tidying up your mind. “The Courage to be Disliked” is a Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself from the shackles of past experiences.

How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis

This USA Today Bestseller book is sure to be one of your favorite reads. The book examines the revolutionary approach to cleaning and organizing to help free you from feeling ashamed or overwhelmed by a messy home. It’s 2022, and we are all struggling to stay on top of our daily life and never-ending to-do lists (and likely for good reasons – hello kids, work, anxiety, fatigue, depression, lack of support, and the list goes on). Good news! This book will show you how to make your homework for you, instead of you working on it. It’s filled with practical advice that we promise will help improve the best life at home.

KC Davis

How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing

The USA Today Bestseller book examines the revolutionary approach to cleaning and organizing to help free you from feeling ashamed or overwhelmed by a messy home.

8 Rules of Love: How to Find it, Keep it, and Let it Go by Jay Shetty

This novel is one of the most anticipated books for 2023 and had to be included on our list! Releasing on January 31, 2023, this book will guide you through every stage of romance, drawing on ancient wisdom and new science.

Nobody ever sits down and teaches someone how to love, so oftentimes, couples are thrown into relationships with nothing more than close family relationships and romance movies to lean on. This book will guide you to finding the love you deserve and keeping it. We know this will be a hit for book club readers.

Jay Shetty

8 Rules of Love: How to Find it, Keep it, and Let it Go

One of the most anticipated books for 2023! This book will guide you through every stage of romance, drawing on ancient wisdom and new science.

Have you read a book lately that’s changed your life or perspective? or perhaps a book that’s given you a better sense of self. We’d love to hear from you so we can feature it in our next roundup!

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