Lifestyle, Mental Health

7 Non-fiction Books That Everyone Should Read

I always presumed I hated books but it turns out, I just didn’t have the patience to follow a story and read a fiction book. Since trying to develop a better understanding of mental health, I started to read a lot of non-fiction books. It started with The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F***’ by Sarah Knight. Which started off as a purchase from an Instagram book trend but I actually read it and it changed my whole attitude towards always saying sorry for things that were out of my control.

And it turned out this whole reading books things ain’t so bad and a much more productive use of my time rather than scrolling through social media for hours or getting drunk till 3am. Since then I’ve read a fair few non-fiction books that have really resonated with me and that I would highly recommend, so here they are folks.

  1. Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig

This book helped me through one of the roughest times in my life and sometimes when I know people are going through rough times in their lives, I will buy this for them because it helped me so much. It helped me understand my mental health better. Matt is also great to follow on social media too imparting much wisdom about mental health.

2. Body Positive Power – Megan Jayne Crabbe

This book opened my eyes to diet culture and learn to judge less and love my body more. Megan talks through her issues with diets, an eating disorder and talks about how vile the diet industry is. Megan or as she may be better known on social media, Bodyposipanda, is also great to follow on social media if you’re looking to love your body a little more and switch up your news feed with some body positivity.

3. Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine – Derren Brown

A book all about happiness. Touching on the philosophy, psychology and history of happiness and why everything is going to be ok. One of my favourite quotes from this book is ‘we are, each of us, a product of the stories we tell ourselves’. So if we keep telling ourselves we are broken, then we are of course going to believe we are broken and display ‘broken behaviours. Quite a long read but really fascinating.

4. Attached- Are you Anxious, Avoidant or Secure? How the science of adult attachment can help you find – and keep – love

A new one to the list and one I’ve just finished but I will not stop talking about this book. I studied Psychology at Uni so this one was big with me.

I learned all about Attachment theory and the 3 attachment styles but never really thought about how they are relevant to me. This book talks through the traps we fall into with relationships because of how we attach to people and the evolution and psychology behind this. Also it details how we can stop falling into these traps and getting attached to the wrong partners.

5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life-Mark Manson

Again really love a book with my favourite f word in the title. Similarly to Sarah Knight’s book it discusses what to care and what not to care about. The opposite advice of every self help book I’ve ever read yet like it completely discredits ‘positive thinking’ and asks you to confront painful truths head on. Every page of this book, was like a new revelation for me.

6. Sapiens- A brief history of human kind- Yuval Noah Harari

As I mentioned, I love psychology, mostly because humans and human behaviour is fascinating to me. Sapiens talks all about our evolution and the key parts of human history. I mean Barack Obama explains it perfectly “Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth”. One super interesting thing I learned early on in this book is that human language started as a way to gossip to survive. We would talk about other tribes in order to make ourselves safe. Many other super interesting things in this book about human behaviour but that is one that stuck with me.

7. Humans- A brief history of How we F*cked it all up- Tom Philips

Another f word, I’m nothing if not consistent. Like Yuval’s book it gives a brief overview of human history but focuses on how we messed things up. A bit more comedic but never the less very interesting and educational.

I’m on the look out for more non-fiction books to read so if anyone has any recommendations, leave them in the comments below!

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