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Motivational Books to get you through the Semester

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Toronto chapter.

It seems as though everyone is on the hunt for happiness, an element that is often overlooked in our hectic lives as UofT students. 

With midterms and final examinations on the way, here is a list of self-help books to guide you on the path to happiness and purpose in life. Reading is a wonderful way to escape reality in order to dive into tales we wish to explore. Finding time for you is crucial to living a happy and healthy life. We could all use happiness during this tumultuous time of the year. Having a positive perspective will definitely help you become the best version of yourself. These books are some of my personal favourites:

1. How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret is the power of the law of attraction. Believing that what you wish to manifest into your life will eventually happen is the magic of The Secret. This book discusses the experiences people have had with the law of attraction and how it changed their life. How to attract happiness, wealth, relationships, health, your dream career and your dream life are all brought up in the book. Believing is receiving! This book will change your life!

2. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

This book informs readers about the importance of living in the moment. Tolle gives readers an in depth understanding of enlightenment and how to reach it. The author instructs readers on finding the path to achieving happiness and spirituality in the now. He definitely reminds us that the most important time of all is in the present moment. 

3. Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser

If you wish to make your soul happy, please read this book! Kaiser teaches readers how to embrace life. This book emphasizes that everything will fall into place and that readers should make the most out of each day. It also encourages readers to do a little soul-searching. Each chapter is dedicated to helping you reach your full potential. There are a variety of ways to live your best life and they are all explained throughout the book.

4. The Happiness Makeover: How to Teach Yourself to be Happy and Enjoy Every Day by M.J. Ryan

People may have everything they want in life. However, they are not necessarily happy. This book explores what is keeping human beings from being happy. It also conveys the many paths we can take to becoming happier in all aspects of life. 

5. How to Do Everything and Be Happy by Peter Jones

Peter Jones conveys information about steps to take in order to make your life happier. He examines the many patterns people fall into which make life much more difficult and unhappy. He then proposes solutions to create a happy life. This book teaches readers how to take control of their lives. It also instructs them to take action when it comes to happiness.

I hope the pages of these books inspire you to become the best version of yourself. Happiness is truly around the corner if you believe. Take action in your life! Stay happy collegiates!


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Hi! My name is Alesia. I am a writer for Her Campus at the University of Toronto! I have a passion for writing. I also have a strong interest in mental health. I love dogs, movies, tea, traveling, roller coasters, and music. I hope my articles inspire you!
Jina Aryaan is one of the Co-Editors-in-Chief of Her Campus UToronto. She is a fourth year student pursuing a major in Sociology, and a double minor in French and Latin American Studies at the University of Toronto. She has been working with Her Campus since her first year of University, and she is also highly involved on campus through various other leadership positions. When she's not busy studying, you can catch her running around campus to get to her next class or meeting. When she has some spare time, she's likely busy writing, discussing politics, or spending quality time with friends and family.