8 Life Changing Self-Help Books To Smash University In 2022

The powerful thing about connectivity is the ability to share lived experiences, life learnings and create a culture and community of support and normalisation. This is why self-help books have gone absolutely stratospheric over the last few years. They’re no longer the sexist marketed doorstops such as Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, instead they serve a deeper purpose for building self-confidence, acceptance and productivity so that we can be the best version of ourselves and live happier and healthier lives.

The surge in self-help books means that there are many to choose from. From reality stars giving sage advice from past experiences to journals designed to unleash your creativity and unshackle you from your worries, self-help books provide a lot of promise, but it’s important to choose the right one for you.

Here our top picks for self-help books for 2022 to get you through university and beyond. Whether you want to learn to accept, forgive or form new habits we’ve got something just for you. 

1. Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King


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An influencer and celeb fave, Good Vibes, Good Life is hailed as the book that unlocks the secret to self-love and happiness. 

A social media influencer himself, King uses the challenges he faced to master finding purpose and achieving unadulterated happiness. Can’t get enough of Vex? You’re in luck as he’s also released another book: Healing is the New High: A Guide to Overcoming Emotional Turmoil and Finding Freedom if you’ve already read Good Vibes.

2. Working Hard, Hardy Working by Grace Beverley


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She came into our lives as the Shreddy queen, fitness and vegan goddess and has now evolved into one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our generation. Leading several multi-million-pound businesses, Grace Beverley shares her secrets to productivity, the pressures of hustle culture and how comparing yourself to others leads to burnout and anxiety. 

The book promises to optimise your existing work routine and also delves into self-acceptance as well as looking after number one. 

3. Atomic Habits by James Clear


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James focuses on the tiniest of changes you can make to your daily routine that will culminate into life altering results. Following four simple laws of habit formation, Clear clearly uses neuroscience and psychology in a simple and accessible way that will transform everything you do; from the way you view yourself, how you approach work and how you form relationships. 

If you don’t want to read the book, subscribe to James’s 3-2-1 newsletter. It’s been hailed as the “best email newsletters in the world”. 

4. Happy Sexy Millionaire by Steven Bartlett


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If you don’t know who Steven Bartlett is, you need a lot more help than a self-help book can provide. Inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and now Dragon, Bartlett is never one to shy away from difficult conversation. 

After taking his social media company, Social Chain (valued at £200million), public at the age of 27, Bartlett skyrocketed to fame as one of the most influential business people of the decade. 

Articulating opinions on everything from our education systems to the current political climate, Bartlett is considered one of Europe’s most accomplished philosophical thinkers. 

Happy Sexy Millionaire is set to make you rethink what you know and help you achieve what you deserve. 

5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson


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Handholding, happy clappy and unyielding optimism aren’t everyone’s bag. For some, a much-needed slap in the face, combined with a dose of brutal honesty is often the way forward. 

Renowned blogger Mark Manson tells it how it is in his unapologetic self-help book. Rather than trying to revolutionise the world, he’s here to tell you to just f*cking get on it with it. Mark unequivocally believes that not everyone can be extraordinary. Rather, how we accept our flaws, face our fears and confront painful truths are the keys to unlocking courage, honesty and forgiveness. 

If you like this, you’ll love his new book about hope, Everything is F*cked

6. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given


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At the age of 21, artist, writer and influencer Florence Given took her widely popular Instagram posts and created a generation defining book on feminism, changing outdated narratives that exist around women. Given gives a brutal account alongside exquisite illustrations of how the patriarchy still exists to keep women in check.

Through this kaleidoscopic artistic ode to the 60s with very much contemporary problems, Florence will teach you “how to protect your energy and discover that you are the love of your life”. 

7. Why Has No one Told Me This Before? by Dr. Julie Smith


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Why pay for therapy if you can just read a therapist’s notes? Well, this is what Dr Julie Smith’s book literally is. Collating all her learnings and insights from her impressive career as a psychologist, Why Has No One Told Me This Before? is set to enhance your mental health and help you with everyday obstacles such as dealing with criticism, finding motivation, battling low mood and managing anxiety. 

8. The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge


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Based on the latest scientific research, qualified hypnotherapist, Chloe Brotheridge, provides actionable advice for those suffering with anxiety. With her book, The Anxiety Solution (often bought together with her most recent book, The Confidence Solution), Brotheridge helps those with anxiety navigate the everyday fears and uncertainties of modern life. With techniques to help you overcome states of panic, The Anxiety Solution could help you lead a more confident and happier life.

The only problem you’ve got now is finding the time to read all of them. But we’re pretty sure a few of these address the timing and productivity issue so it’s all covered.


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