Life has its fair share of ups and downs. Everyone has to face their own version of obstacles every now and then. However, sometimes, the challenges become too tough and getting through it becomes harder. As you grow up, the obstacles often become more challenging, but in the end, the rewards become even more enriching as well. If you’re at the moment where the challenges take a hard hit on you or if you simply feel lost in life and you don’t know what to think or feel, reading a great book might just help. By now, perhaps you’ve witnessed the power of words. Words can hurt you or make you feel happy, and words can inspire you. If you’re feeling lost, here are seven books you can read to help you get right back on track.

  1. The Art of Happiness (1998) by Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler

The Art of Happiness is an inspiring book written by Howard Cutler revolving around his interview with the 14th Dalai Lama. Cutler is a psychiatrist who wanted to understand what the purpose of life is according to the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama in turn simply describes that the purpose of life is being happy. And to him, happiness comes only from within you.

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  1. Daughter of Fortune (1999) by Isabel Allende

Daughter of Fortune is a story about a girl who comes across unforeseen obstacles to which she has to cope with. If you feel like you don’t have a place in the world, then you can take some inspiration from this book as the girl tries to finds her place in the world as well.

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  1. Tiny Beautiful Things (2012) by Cheryl Strayed

Since life’s challenges are never about just one thing, Tiny Beautiful Things tries to address the different obstacles that their different readers might be going through. Essentially, the book is a compilation of essays from Cheryl Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” advice column, covering diverse issues such as addiction, miscarriage, poverty, or infidelity. The book is widely considered to be a life-changing read.

  1. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill (2003) by Matthieu Ricard

Dr. Matthieu Ricard, a French Buddhist monk and a doctor in molecular genetics, describes ways you can implement and manifest happiness in your life in his book entitled Happiness. He argues that happiness doesn’t occur by luck or chance, and that, just like any other skill, being constantly happy takes dedication, persistence, and practice.

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  1. Neverwhere (1996) by Neil Gaiman

Sometimes, you can feel lost in life because you feel like everything is in stability and nothing’s interesting anymore. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is a fantasy novel about how life can easily take an interesting turn. It’s about how a young businessman living a dull life finds that there is more to the world than what he originally thought. Neverwhere will inspire you of adventure, or at least, provide an interesting distraction from your normal life.

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  1. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business (2012) by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit takes a critical look on the science of habit formation and change. Charles Duhigg, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, advocates that understanding your habits gives you the capability to change them. Charles Duhigg even includes some interesting case histories to make his point.

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  1. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997) by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now describes the importance of being in the present moment despite the mind’s desire to be anywhere else but now. After all, now is the only moment you have any form of control over in your life. Many don’t realize the power of the present moment and that is why Tolle tries to explain how to weed through the clutter of the mind and to enjoy the present moment. Doing so will allow you to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

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