12 of the best self-help books, personally recommended by Beautyque NYC


How are you feeling? You don’t need us to tell you that things have been tough lately, and we want you to know you’re not in this alone. Our hope for you is that you’ll not only feel beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside – a fully realized, resilient human; your best self despite the stresses life, politics, and relationships throw at you. Wherever you are on that path, we’re here for you.

The Beautyque NYC team have taken a browse through our personal bookshelves and Audible libraries, and compiled this list of books that have helped us most, at our times of most need. Some are new releases; others are classics – all are worth a read as we strive for personal growth, career greatness, and inner joy in 2022.


  1. Fearless by Rebecca Minkoff

The luxury fashion mogul and social activist delivers her personal rules for unlocking creativity, courage, and success.


  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Also recommended by the likes of Mark Manson and Arianna Huffington, this book guides the reader on small ways to change the habits that are holding them back, and get 1% better every day.


  1. The Lost Connections by Johann Hari

The subtitle says it all: uncovering the real causes of depression – and the unexpected solutions. An enlightening New York Times bestseller.


  1. Find Your True Voice by Emmy Brunner

The psychologist has created an 11-step guide to help readers identify and overcome unresolved trauma that could be causing depression and anxiety; a negative body image; toxic relationship cycles and more.


  1. How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body by Dr David R Hamilton

This bestseller was published in 2018, revealing incredible proof of the way the mind affects the body. It’s life changing reading.


  1. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The legendary psychologist explains why it’s not what happens to us that determines our happiness, but how we relate to those events. Described as the key to unlocking meaning, creativity, peak performance, and true happiness, there’s no wonder this continues to be a bestseller.


  1. Mindset: Changing The Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential by Dr Carol Dweck

A Stanford University psychologist, Dweck has spent decades researching achievement and success. Her discovery: it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success, but our attitude and mindset. Are you ready to change yours?


  1. Atlas of The Heart by Brené Brown

The researcher, writer, and professor behind Dare to Lead has written a book for our times: a way to reconnect with each other and build meaningful relationships. By dissecting and examining what it means to be human, she helps us make sense of our emotions and experiences.


  1. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

Essential reading for women (or anyone) who has ever felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything they have to do, yet still worried they weren’t doing “enough.” Firmly based in science, it asserts that wellness is not a state of mind, but a state of action.


  1. Families and How to Survive Them by John Cleese and Robin Skynner

Published in 1983, some of the findings in this book by the Monty Python comedian and his psychotherapist may seem a little outdated, but it remains astonishingly enlightening when it comes to explaining why we keep repeating the same mistakes as our parents, and why we choose the partners we do.


  1. Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Voted a must-read by Oprah, NPR, Time magazine … and us. Do you need any more persuasion? It’s beautifully written, tenderly observed account of what it means to be human … and a delicious insight into the psychiatrist’s couch.


  1. The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

A guide to achieving lasting happiness in an ever-changing world – from two men who have experienced their own share of trauma and suffering. Just beautiful.

We’d love to know what books have inspired you in some way. Please get in touch.


“The three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.”
Dalai Lama, The Book of Joy




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