In today’s age, society has adopted many unique ways for us to better ourselves without the help of others. The most striking outlet is self-help books, books that range from health, lifestyle, motivation and even mental health. I’m addressing self-help books because it seems like every time I walk past the book section in a Targetor wait in line at a check-out, these books flood the shelves. Putting a book on a shelf that claims to help someone through a rough time in life or claims it can explain why bad things occur is a bold claim to live up to.

When looking at these books, one may get a sense of hope; however, it may give some a false sense of hope. The idea of words on hundreds of pages compiled together actually being able to help probably leaves people puzzled being that there there are many other ways to seek help. Some may doubt these books can actually be of use to anybody, but if you’re wanting to improve yourself in anyway, then a book may be the best place to start.

I don’t want to call out certain books because some don’t simply live up to their claims and are a waste of time to read. On the other hand, there are some titles worth mentioning as they, in my experience, live up to their promises. For example, “You Are a Badass” written by Jen Sincero could possibly be one of the most popular self-help books. It calls you out for every aspect in your life that you have control over and the power to change instead of relying on other people. It’s an easy, entertaining and super short read, which is nice while taking a break from homework.

What I got from reading books like that is a lot of the time when the bad, unexpected and unexplainable things happen in life, it’s no one’s fault -- it’s simply the inevitable. I loved that one simple book was able to present that to the reader and make them think about life differently then they did before. For me, books like that are not a waste of time but rather worth every minute of the read. Self-help books being helpful...who would have thought?

What I am trying to get to is if you need to read a book to help you, so be it. I personally found some really helpful ones and would have to agree that “self-help” books do indeed help. I find it fascinating how they present multiple viewpoints, advice and knowledge that truly helped me, and I hope does the same for you if you decide to pick one up.

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.

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