Book list

Moodnudges readers are clearly also avid book readers: when we asked for favourite self-help books we couldn’t believe the rich response. Here are over one hundred books that have helped Moodnudges readers (in alphabetical order by title). Maybe one or two might help you also?

Just to be clear, these are readers’ recommendations, and while we’ve read many of the books below, we haven’t read them all. So this is definitely a crowd-sourced library.

Although you’re of course free to buy books from wherever you wish, clicking on the links below will take you to The legal bit: Moodnudges is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Happy browsing!

101 Ways to Transform Your Life
Wayne W. Dyer

12 Steps (Basic Text)
Narcotics Anonymous

A Guide to Rational Living
Albert Ellis, Robert A. Harper and Melvin Powers

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
Billy Collins

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book

At Last A Life
Paul David

Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel

Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed
Nicola Morgan

Buddhist Boot Camp
Timber Hawkeye

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever
Karen Kingston

Climbing Out of Depression: A Practical Guide to Real and Immediate Help
Sue Atkinson

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue
Neale Donald Walsch

Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within
Connirae Andreas and Tamara Andreas

Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
Harriet Lerner

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown

Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison
Dorothy Rowe

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (Overcoming Common Problems)
Dr. Tim Cantopher

EMDR: The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma
Francine Shapiro

Essential Help for Your Nerves: Recover from Nervous Fatigue and Overcome Stress and Fear
Claire Weekes

Everything I’ve Ever Done That Worked
Lesley Garner

Families and How to Survive Them
Robin Skynner and John Cleese

Feel Happy Now!
Michael Neill and Candace B. Pert

Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway
Susan Jeffers

Feeling Good When Life Is Hard (free ebook)
Marthe Hagen

Flip It: How to Get the Best Out of Everything
Michael Heppell

Eugene T. Gendlin

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Steven C. Hayes and Spencer Smith

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
Andy Puddicombe

Growing Into Grace: Adventures in Self Discovery through Writing
Mary Connelly and Suzie Rollins Mitchell

Gut Reaction: A day-by-day programme for choosing and combining foods for better health and easy weight loss
Gudrun Jonsson

Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think
Paul Dolan

HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done
Oliver Burkeman

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
Toni Bernhard and Sylvia Boorstein

How to Have a Good Day: Harnessing the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Our Working Lives (forthcoming)
Caroline Webb

How to Keep People from Pushing Your Buttons
Albert and Arthur Lange Ellis

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Dale Carnegie

How to Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis: Strategies and Stories from The Midlife Wives Club
Pat Gaudette and Gay Courter

Human Givens: The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking
Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

I Can Mend Your Broken Heart
Paul McKenna

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! The Pilgrimage of Psychotherapy Patients
Sheldon B. Kopp

I’m OK – You’re OK
Thomas Harris

In the Garden of Happiness

It’s All a Gift
Miriam Adahan

Living Well with Pain and Illness: The Mindful Way to Free Yourself from Suffering
Vidyamala Burch

Look Young, Live Longer
Glenn Harrold

Love’s Executioner: & Other Tales of Psychotherapy
Irvin D. Yalom

Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide
Gillian Butler and Tony Hope

Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky

Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing
Dr. Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mark Williams and Danny Penman

New and Selected Poems
Mary Oliver

One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps
Kevin Griffin

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Melanie Fennell

Parenting From the Inside Out
Daniel J. Siegel MD and Mary Hartzell

Partnering: A New Kind of Relationship
Hal Stone and Sidra Stone

Pieces of the Possible
Adrian Kirk

Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression: Self-Help Strategies for Happiness, Inner Strength and Well-Being
Miriam Akhtar and Dr. Phil Hammond

Prozac Nation
Elizabeth Wurtzel

Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig

Sane New World: Taming the Mind
Ruby Wax

Self Help for Your Nerves: Learn to Relax and Enjoy Life Again by Overcoming Stress and Fear
Claire Weekes

Sod Seventy!: The Guide to Living Well
Muir Gray

Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy
Jostein Gaarder and Paulette Moller

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
Pema Chodron

Stop Thinking, Start Living: Discover Lifelong Happiness
Richard Carlson

TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Vann Joines and Ian Stewart

Taming the Black Dog: A Guide to Overcoming Depression
Bev Aisbett

Teach Yourself Emotional Intelligence
Christine Wilding

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Dalai Lama

The Art of Loving
Erich Fromm

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

The Artist’s Way
Julia Cameron

The Bible

The Blue Day Book: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up
Bradley Trevor Greive

The Blue Skies of Autumn: A Journey from Loss to Life and Finding a Way Out of Grief
Elizabeth Turner

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
Prof Steve Peters

The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges
Paul Gilbert PhD

The Courage to Be Happy: A New Approach to Well-Being in Everyday Life
Colm O’Connor

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman’s Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships
Harriet Goldhor Lerner, Ph.D.

The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Stephen S. Ilardi

The Emotionally Absent Mother: A Guide to Self-Healing and Getting the Love You Missed
Jasmin Lee Cori

The Endorphin Effect: A Breakthrough Strategy for Holistic Health and Spiritual Wellbeing
William Bloom

The Feeling Good Handbook
David D. Burns

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Brené Brown

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Shawn Achor

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT
Russ Harris and Steven Hayes

The Heart of Mindful Relationships: Meditations on Togetherness
Maria Arpa

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want
Sonja Lyubomirsky

The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents
Melody Beattie

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mythology of Self Worth: Using Reason to Dispel the Fallacies That Trigger Needless Anxiety, Depression and Anger
Richard L. Franklin

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Andrew Solomon

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
Pema Chodron

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

The Power of Positive Thinking
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
Brené Brown

The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts
Russ Harris

The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles
Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte

The Road Less Traveled and Beyond: Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety
M. Scott Peck

The Secret
Rhonda Byrne

The Situation Is Hopeless But Not Serious (The Pursuit of Unhappiness)
Paul Watzlawick

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life
Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd Ph.D.

To Have or To Be?
Erich Fromm

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship
Mira Kirshenbaum

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
Kay Redfield Jamison

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
Tara Brach

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
Alcoholics Anonymous

Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Mary Ellen Copeland

What to Say When You Talk To Yourself
Shad Helmstetter

What We May Be: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through Psychosynthesis
Piero Ferrucci

What You Can Change and What You Can’t: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement
Martin Seligman

Wherever You Go, There You Are
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard

Wifework: What marriage really means for women
Susan Maushart

You Are Not Alone: Words of Experience and Hope for the Journey Through Depression
Julia Thorne and Larry Rothstein

You Can Heal Your Life
Louise Hay

Your Best Year Yet!: Ten Questions for Making the Next Twelve Months Your Most Successful Ever
Jinny S. Ditzler

13 thoughts on “Book list

  1. I’m bookmarking this! There’s something here for whatever ails you, and two or three that have helped me immensely. I’d add one more: Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’, which is a great comfort in times of trouble. (And in times of trouble I also listen to The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be’.)

  2. Many thanks for this very useful list. Definitely lots of help to be had with this comprehensive selection of books
    Happy reading everyone!

  3. What a great resource! Thank you, Jon. As the choice of book was limited to only one, I did not add another title ‘Threads of Hope’ Learning to Live With Depression A collection of writing edited by Flora McDonnell published by Short Books 2003. Fellow Moodnudges readers may find it helpful.

    1. Thank you, Jon, for compiling our book suggestions into visual book covers and convenient links. I was wondering how I might capture the titles and you did all the heavy lifting. Grateful for your work on this and for the interesting feedback from the survey.

  4. Another fantastically generous share from Jon. We are so lucky to have this community and its healing properties. Thank you xxx

  5. Thanks Jon. I nominated one but see so many others on the list that I’ve read and used. Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay brings back some painful memories but the book was useful and it worked for me.

  6. Thanks so much for your inspiration and encouragement! I read them every day and have starred many so that I can read them again and again. This is such a wonderful website that I have recommended it to friends. Some of them share the help they have received through the messages and the graphing. One friend often asks me if I’ve read the one for today so that we can discuss it. He’s thanked me for letting him know about moodscope. Love you guys!!

  7. Thank you Jon and everyone for this brilliant ‘something for everyone’ list. I’m on holiday and have a bit more time to ponder things and I have a question. If many of the moodnudgers are women, how come many of the books we look to are written by men? I’m not saying men don’t understand women but as a woman about to turn 50 and in the throes of the menopause, most of the generic books I turn to miss out the huge emotional explosion that happens often during this time. As my Mum said, one thing they don’t tell you is that you feel like you’re going mad! This often lengthy period of a woman’s life is generally overlooked in self help books. I’m looking forward to when Caitlin Moran experiences it…that will be a cracking read! In the meantime, thanks Ruby.

  8. Jon, your own fantastic book “Nudge Your Way to Happiness” should be on this list! Consider it “reader recommended.”

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