If you’ve been struggling to feel productive or motivated to get this new year going, don’t be too hard on yourself – with everything going on in the world right now, it’s easy to feel a bit discouraged. However, nothing can change your mindset quite as much as hearing an inspiring and uplifting story from someone who has faced and overcome a big challenge in their life. So, we think this is the perfect time to snuggle up with an inspiring book to give you just the boost to get through whatever is going on right now. Keep scrolling to discover our seven favourite uplifting reads you need to know about now…
1. Failosophy by Elizabeth Day
We all fail at something every now and then, but most failures can actually teach us something meaningful about ourselves – if we choose to listen. In Failosophy Elizabeth Day brings together all the lessons she has learned from conversations with the guests on her award-winning How to Fail podcast and distils them into seven principles of failure. This book recognises, and celebrates, the fact that failure connects us all and is the essential handbook for turning failure into success.
2. Pocket Positivity: Ru Paul by Hardie Grant
In need of a bit of pep from the queen of drag? RuPaul is here for you in this pocket collection of positivity. Learn how to love yourself, find your family and serve up some rose-tinted realness with quotes that cover everything from self-confidence to superstardom. Full of laughter, colour and creativity, this little book will help you make every day your most fabulous moment yet.
3. Sense by Russell Jones
Our senses have a powerful effect on how we think, feel and behave; yet we don’t use them to their full potential. For over a decade, multi-sensory marketing expert Russell Jones has been using the science of the senses to design products, brands and retail environments that tantalise our senses in revolutionary ways. In this incredible new book, Jones takes research from the worlds of neuroscience, experimental and behavioural psychology and beyond, and shows you how to live more multi-sensorially; paying attention to the sounds, scents, colours, objects, shapes and textures that constantly surround you, to profoundly impact and improve every aspect of your life.
4. Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness by Bill Bailey
In Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness, Bill explores the nature of happiness and ways to be happy. This collection of funny, meditative and thoughtful essays seeks out simplicity and clarity as a corrective to the endless background noise of anxiety-inducing news chatter. Bill’s guide to happiness is an antidote to the frenetic whirl of modern life. Fully illustrated with drawings by Bill himself, this is a wonderful gift of a book for anyone who needs a slice of comfort.
5. Remarkable People by Dan Walker
In Remarkable People, Dan Walker, the host of BBC1’s Breakfast, recounts inspiring stories of the courage and selflessness of people he has met throughout his career. An uplifting tonic for the darkness and negativity of recent times. We live in an age of anxiety, besieged by bad news and uncertainty. But Walker is determined to shine a light onto stories of selflessness and compassion that seldom make the headlines. This is the perfect book for these challenging times; an escape from the negativity of our everyday news cycle, and a tribute to courage and positivity.
6. Rootbound by Alice Vincent
When she was a girl, Alice Vincent loved her grandfather’s garden – the freedom, the calm, the beauty of it. Twenty years later, living in a tiny flat in South London, that childhood in the garden feels like a dream. When she suddenly finds herself uprooted, heartbroken, living out of a suitcase and yearning for the comfort of home, Alice starts to plant seeds. She nurtures pot plants and vines on windowsills and draining boards, filling her new space with green, and with each unfurling petal and budding leaf, she begins to come back to life. Mixing memoir, botanical history and biography, Rootbound examines how bringing a little bit of the outside in can help us find our feet in a world spinning far too fast.
7. Rise by Gina Miller
Rise is an extraordinary account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter the cost. It is when things feel the most uncertain, and we are at our most tired, frustrated and worn out, that we must dig deep. That’s when we need to find it within ourselves not to turn away and hide in our bunkers, but to rise up and be even more vocal. If we hide, when we emerge from our hiding places the world might be transformed into a hostile, alien environment in which we have no say at all and where the things we love and value no longer exist…