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Top 10 personal development books of 2017 – part 1

Top 10 personal development books of 2017

To say that I’m an avid reader would be an understatement. So far in 2017, I’ve read 45 books, most of them about personal development. I’ve selected 10 of the most interesting and life-altering ones I’ve read to share with you today. Here are my 10 favorite personal development books, in no particular order. 1.  The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness This very simple, but quite powerful book has been my favorite so far. I wrote a full blog post about the Slight Edge principle, which allows you to turn any habit into massive success. If you are trying to achieve a goal, any goal, I highly suggest that you get a copy of the Slight Edge. 2.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear This book by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert is about creativity and our birthright as creators. The author empowers us in feeling entitled to create and to do so in a daring way. Very freeing and inspiring! 3. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul During my silent retreat […]

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The Obstacle is the Way : How to be More Resilient in the Midst of Chaos

How to be more resilient in the midst of chaos

During my senior year in high school, my French teacher asked us to make an oral presentation on a topic of our choice. My friends talked about celebrities, current events or spontaneous combustion(!) while I chose to present the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. I always were kind of a weirdo. Back when I was a teenager, I would get my hands on anything related to philosophy. One day, I found a small, intriguing book by a philosopher called Epictetus. The book was so good that I devoured it in an evening. This is how I was first introduced to stoicism, a school of philosophy founded in ancient Greece. Fast forward more than a decade later and I am still fascinated by stoicism, a philosophy of virtue and wisdom teaching us how to be more resilient in the face of pain and hardships and become the master of our thoughts and emotions. Many articles I have published on Productive Happiness are inspired by the teachings of the stoics. Recently, it seems that many influencers have become interested in stocism, even more so now that blogger and […]

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Essentialism : review of a new way of life

Today’s review has been on my to-do list for a long time. I think that I wanted to make sure I had the right words to share with you how much Essentialism : The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown had an impact on my life. It has a special place in my list of ten books that have changed my life for the better! At first, I wanted to write an extensive summary of the book and prepared detailed notes and quotations. The more I thought about it, the less it made sense. In the spirit of Essentialism, I had to write a minimalist review. Something simple and to the point, something that would inspire you to buy the book and read it yourself. I hope I will give you this urge with my review. Here we go. To me, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism is more than  a simple non-fiction essay. It encompasses a philosophy, a way of life. Here is, in McKeown’s words, what is an Essentialist : “The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by […]

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Happiness is a choice, and you must make it everyday

Raise your hand if happiness comes to you naturally. I see, there’s a few of you! Now raise your hand if life is tough and you’re struggling, and you feel like happiness is a distant ideal, something you can’t quite experience. I have good news for you. Happiness is a choice. You can make that choice, right here, right now, no matter your circumstances. Now I hear you, “you know nothing of my life, if you were going through the same things I do, you would not be happy, you’d be far from it!” I hear you. You’d be thinking that an author writing about happiness must have a happy, simple and easy life. But the truth is far from it. My story is not quite shiny, nor easy. When I was 5 years old, I have been sexually abused by a teenage neighbor. I do not talk about it often, but it had a great impact on my life and my relationship with boys later on. When I was a teenager myself, I was so unhappy that I tried […]

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