All Self Help books distilled down to 50 points to save you space on your bookcase!


I’m sure you’ve probably been reading ‘Self Help’ or ‘Personal Development’  books for just as long as I have. I recently received a new book through the post and although I have enjoyed reading it I realised that I hadn’t really learnt anything new. I’m finding more and more that everyone is saying the same thing. Which is, if you think of it, quite reassuring. If there was great disparity amongst all the ‘wise’ folk in the personal development arena that would be cause for concern.

We’ve  all learnt about the mind/body connection with Deepak Chopra, listened in on the conversations between God and Neale Donald Walsh, met our angels with Doreen Virtue, started The Course in Miracles with Marianne Williamson, been introduced to Abraham through Esther and Jerry Hicks and returned to The Secret any number of times. But that got me thinking. Just how many new books do we need? Wouldn’t it be great if we just had the one book that brought together all these great teachings? But does it even need to be a book? Do we have any space left on our bookshelves? I know mine are groaning under the weight of 40 years of accumulated self help and spiritual development books.

I’m thinking a list might just about cover it!
I’ve been putting together a preliminary list. I don’t think there is any significance to the order as each point is as important as the next but this is just how it came into my head:


  1. There is no hell, the after life is full of bliss
  2. The only ‘judgement’ after death is your own
  3. There is no death
  4. Love is all you need – The Beatles had it right
  5. You choose if and when you come back and have another go
  6. You choose your parents – get over it
  7. We all create our own reality, so feel free to create a great one
  8. People are in your life for a reason, but not all of them have to be there for ever
  9. We choose the challenges we experience in each life to further our own development
  10. Learn the lesson you’ve set yourself and move on
  11. If you want something new, do something new
  12. Careful what you wish for
  13. Be clear about your objectives but let the Universe decide the best way to deliver them
  14. Holding onto animosity for another only harms yourself
  15. Choose happiness. It is a choice
  16. Spend more time doing what you love, if you hate your life do something about it
  17. Sacred geometry is an expression of Universal laws and the use of it can enhance our lives
  18. If you don’t have enough time turn off the TV and switch off your phone
  19. Be kind and perform random acts of kindness. It makes you feel great
  20. As you sow so shall you reap
  21. Giving your time is more important than giving your money
  22. Get enough sleep
  23. Meditation is easy. Do it twice a day for 20 minutes. If it isn’t easy find yourself a TM teacher
  24. Spend more time in nature, walk, cycle, beach comb, look at the view, breathe
  25. Be brave, it’s never as hard as you think it might be
  26. Get more sun. You need it
  27. Walk barefoot as often as you can
  28. Dance as though no one’s watching
  29. Grow things and make things
  30. Nature provides healing remedies
  31. Don’t have regrets
  32. Go through open doors
  33. Expect good fortune and plan for success
  34. The Universe has all the answers
  35. Spend time with people who make you feel good
  36. Make others feel good
  37. Look people in the eye
  38. Smile at strangers, it might make their day
  39. Be generous
  40. Ask for help if you need it
  41. If you can think it you can do it. The only person stopping you is you
  42. Eat delicious and vibrant foods. You are what you eat
  43. Inner fulfilment doesn’t depend on outer things
  44. Be the light in other’s lives
  45. Don’t do anything you know to be wrong in your heart
  46. Listen to your gut, it knows long before your head does
  47. The world is as it’s supposed to be and it will be alright in the end. If it’s not yet alright it’s not yet the end
  48. One day all this will make sense!
  49. Speak out loud all the nice things you think about someone
  50. What we dislike in others is a reflection of what we need to address in ourselves

Apologies to Deepak, Neale, Wayne, Marianne, Louise, Doreen, Esther, Caroline, Mike and all those other self help writers and personal development ‘gurus’, but I don’t think I will really be putting them out of business as we all love to read their books. Its so important to us to know that there are others who see the world the same way we do. But please let me know what you think and if there’s anything I’ve left out. 

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