Books can bring out every emotion. They make you laugh, cry, become afraid, or empathize with the characters and story. Books can even take you to another place, allowing you to escape reality for a while.
Books also teach valuable lessons, which can change one’s outlook on life through the inspiration behind the story.
Continue reading below for five of the most inspirational books you should add to your reading list.
Tuesdays with Morrie was written by Mitch Albom and published in 1997. It follows the true story of Mitch Albom’s unlikely friendship with his social psychology professor, Morrie. Albom began to visit the professor regularly, learning life facts and lessons from him, while the professor was living a life with and dying from ALS.
The final lesson that the professor gave Albom in the book is about winning at life. This started several other lessons every Tuesday morning with the brilliant professor. Each lesson was on an inspirational life topic such as forgiveness or love. Morrie, no matter what he was going through, was able to bring an optimistic perspective on life, which has the power to change your outlook.
The Gifts of Imperfection is a New York Times best-selling book. It was written by Brené Brown and published in 2010. This nonfiction book is focused on living life to the absolute fullest.
Brown postulates that living life to the fullest means living a life of letting go of all of your inhibitions. It means living with empathy, compassion, courage, and self-worthiness. The advice Brown gives is based on expert research as the author is a licensed social worker, but she has also put her own personal research into self-worth into the book.
Mountains Beyond Mountains is another nonfiction book that was written by Tracy Kidder in 2003. It follows the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist. His goal in life is to make healthcare accessible to everyone across the globe, no matter how poor someone may be.
This book is truly inspirational as it showcases how all it takes to change the world is just one person who wants to make a difference. Dr. Farmer went to Haiti, Siberia and other places to bring medical care to the poor, even when he was studying at Harvard Medical School. There is no way you cannot get motivation from this book.
The Tao of Pooh was written by Benjamin Hoff in 1982. This is an older book on the list, but it still carries essential inspiration and life principles. Taoist philosophy is explained clearly by Hoff through the examples of Winnie the Pooh characters.
Taoism teaches that individuals should open their minds to all possibilities. The information is given in a fun, easy-to-read way in this book, so the principles are easy to put into action. All of the principles can help in de-stressing, becoming anxiety-free and more. If you want to change from feeling stuck, this book is for you.
This book was published in 2008. The author of the book is Garth Stein. It offers a fresh perspective that is often unheard of in books. More specifically, it provides the perspective of life from a dog’s point of view, whose name is Enzo.
The dog’s story in this book is very inspirational as it explores some of life’s most essential moments involving friendship, death, and purpose. The positive, optimistic view that Enzo has for life and for his owner Denny on the tracks offers a fresh way to look at life. This is a book that will make you appreciate all that life has to offer.
Books can genuinely change the world when the lessons from them are taken to heart. Each of the books listed above can change your own life through their perspectives on staying positive and having gratitude even in the worst moments of life. It is essential to take inspiration from these books and find ways to apply it in your daily life.