Autumn is the perfect time for snuggling up with books, blankets and tea. Here are four new or forthcoming self-help books that are likely to make it onto my reading list this October.

1) Belong

If you have read The Little Book of Hygge or Ikigai then you will know that finding a sense of belonging is a key ingredient to happiness. Sometimes though the modern world can make it feel difficult to find connections and that’s where this book comes in. Belong by Radha Agrawal is described as “a step-by-step guide to creating your community” and is getting great reviews. With an easy-to-read conversational tone and beautiful illustrations, this book feels like the perfect place to start if you need a gentle introduction to widening your social horizons.

Two other books on how to connect are due out this October. First A Life Less Lonely by Nick Duerden talks about the condition of loneliness – how to identify it and “what we can all do to lead more connected, kinder lives”. If you want to build better connections in your virtual life then you may want to check out Nick Morgan’s Can You Hear Me.

2) Light Your Life: The Art of using Light for Health and Happiness

You may already have an app, such as Flux, to help you reduce the amount of blue light you’re exposed to from your screens in the evenings. But have you ever wondered about the other ways in which light might be affecting your mood? If so then this is the perfect book for you. Light your Life by Karl Ryberg helps illuminate this important topic, giving readers scientific know-how and practical advice. Definitely check out the blurb for this book – it really does sound fascinating and a lovely Autumnal read.

3) Craftfulness

A perfect accompaniment to snuggly Autumnal evenings is Craftfulness by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin. This book considers “the vital well-being effects to be gained from the simple expression of your creativity, and investigates the soul cleansing and stress-relieving benefits of making things by hand”. In addition to exploring the science of creativity, Craftfulness offers ideas of how to make time for creative playfulness, ways to overcome self-doubt and step-by-step instructions for a number of crafty projects.

4) My Mixed Emotions: Help Your Kids Handle Their Feelings

My Mixed Emotions: Help Your Kids Handle Their Feelings takes a look at the science behind our emotions. Fun illustrations and clear explanations help children understand what is happening in our brains when we feel happy, sad, afraid and angry. The book helps to explain why all emotions are important and offers practical tips to help children express their emotions and feel comfortable with them. I would have loved this book as a child and my adult self is pretty excited about it too!

If you enjoy self-help books then head over to Pinterest where you can find more forthcoming self-help books. For more you can visit The Library too: this is my online space to pop reviews of books I’ve been enjoying. New self-help books in the library this month:

Have a happy reading month and see you in November!

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