2022 is officially done and dusted, and with its ups and downs, it taught us all plenty of lessons. The new year is finally here, and besties, it’s time to live your best life. How can you do that? By doing the inner work and keeping your mental and emotional health in check. Whatever your motivation may be to read, whether it’s for your next vacation or a bedtime routine, these books will help elevate your life in more ways than one. Read on to find out what makes each one a special read.

1. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

by Dr Julie Smith

Dr Julie Smith, the author, says, ‘’This is a must-have help book for optimising your mental health to help you stay resilient, no matter what life throws your way. A toolkit for staying resilient in hard times and optimising mental health.” Easy to digest with bite-sized advice applicable to your day-to-day makes this book an absolute must-have for this year; especially if you’re looking to fortify your mental health.

Buy Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? from Kinokuniya or MPH.

2. Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life

by Rosie Nafousi

Written by ‘Queen of Manifesting’ Rosie Nafousi, this book has received a lot of hype in the influencer community, and it’s no wonder why – there is an easy step-by-step guide for readers to follow through their self-development journey. Whatever your 2023 goal, whether it’s landing that dream job or position, finding a life partner, gaining independence, or simply working on self-confidence, this book will give you easy tips on how to utilise the power of manifesting.

Buy Manifest from BookDepository.

3. The Comfort Book

by Matt Haig

From New York Times best-selling author, Matt Haig, comes The Comfort Book —a read for anyone needing a little encouragement and a dash of hope. This short book contains powerful words (a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a few years) that will promote healing and the appreciation of life. Much like last year and the one before, 2023 will probably be filled with ups and downs. This book can serve as a reminder to slow down and truly appreciate what’s around you.

Buy The Comfort Book from Kinokuniya, MPH, or Popular.

4. Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present

by Nick Trenton

Besties, it’s 2023 and the year to get a hold of your habit of overthinking. Let’s face it, with life’s demands, we all suffer from this. This title from Nick Trenton will give you valuable tools to help harness your mind and focus, but it also enables you to understand the basic principles of overthinking. While it isn’t groundbreaking, there are plenty of digestible and valuable methods to help you cope with negative thoughts. A short 180-page read, this book is highly recommended to those suffering from stress, anxiety, and the miserable art of overthinking.

Buy Stop Overthinking from MPH.

5. Happy Days: The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace

by Gabrielle Bernstein

Spiritual teacher, motivational speaker, and catalyst for inner change, Gabrielle Bernstein’s book will teach readers to recognise some of the things that cause unhappiness and what they can do about them; techniques and bodywork practices to help free those with past trauma; cultivating the kind of mindset shift to help elevate your life; and confronting your fears.

“This book is my gift to you,” the author says. “It will answer your questions about why you feel blocked, scared, anxious, depressed, or alone, and it will liberate you from the belief system that has kept you small for so long… By taking this path you will become the best version of yourself. You will become new.”

Buy Happy Days from Kinokuniya.