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10 Inspirational Books that Have Changed My Life

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10 Inspirational Books that Have Changed My Life

Reading has a way of making an impact on our lives and changing the way we think and observe. I have been reading a lot. There are so many books that I have to write about. They have not only influenced me but instigated a lot of positive difference in my life. I believe if they can drive so much difference in my life, they will do the same to you. Some of these books unearth philosophies, drive spirituality and could be beneficial to your personal and career growth.

1. Oh the places you will go by Dr. Seuss

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    If you are starting out on your independant journey through life, whether you are coming out of High School or college, this book shows how you can take charge of your life. It equipped me with the courage to pursue my purpose and direction in life. I believe it can also inspire you to discover yourself and take action to go the direction you chose to take.

    2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

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      Brene Brown tought me to be thankful in her book The Gifts of Imperfection. We tend to want to be perceived as perfect not only in our own eyes but in the eyes of others. This is something that could leave us drained. However we should always learn to be thankful of who we are and what we are. We should never judge ourselves and feel inadequate despite the inordinate flow of messages and images by the media.

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      3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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        This book is about how you can get your personal finance right. Reading through this book I found what was amiss in my life. It was not about just working for money but making sure my money worked for me. Finding out that hole or discovering that wealthy mentality of investing and seeing wealth not as an accident but as a result of action could make a lot of difference in your life.

        4. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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          This book by Robert Greene which has become popular amongst prison inmates, business leaders and celebrities makes you understand the philosophy of becoming great and managing greatness. With 48 amazing principles Robert Greene has taught me effective and strategic methods in handling power and greatness.

          5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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            What makes this story so great or inspiring is that after the protagonist lost his family on a journey he built a relationship with a tiger that made him see the world differently. A superb work of fiction by Yann Martel, the beauty of the journey in The life of Pi can make you realize and discover what should be truly important in your life.

            6. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

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              It is so difficult not to put Harry Potter on this list because it did hit me as a fantastical book that brought out human eccentricities and mystics through the eye of a boy. Through your challenges Harry Potter will make you see the amusing and fascinating angle in it.

              7. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

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                This book started me on a spiritual journey to find out the special quality inside of me. It is a book that makes you discover yourself. It breaks beyond whatever religious opinion you may have but broadens your insight into your own spiritual life which you might have already established.

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                8. The One Thing by Gary Keller

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                  This book helped me prioritize on what is important and it will help you discover that too. If you are having hectic days and are overwhelmed with work you should read this to evaluate your priorities and pursue those things that are really important.

                  9. On Writing by Stephen King

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                    We all get broken sometimes. Stephen King in his memoir On Writing discusses how he was able to pass through depressing times to hit into the next stage. There were rejections and many times he downed bottles to get through depressing times. This book helped me understand how to make it through difficult times and that we are not alone with our experiences.

                    10. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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                      This book showed me the importance of not playing the victim. Complaining and throwing blames do not solve problems but speaking and taking charge of whatever situation you are presented with by acting erases your difficulties.

                      These are ten books that have inspired me, what are yours?

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                      How to Deal With Anger (The Ultimate Anger Management Guide)

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                      How to Deal With Anger (The Ultimate Anger Management Guide)

                      We all lose our temper from time to time, and expressing anger is actually a healthy thing to do in our relationships with others. Expressing our differences in opinion allows us to have healthy conflict and many times come to an agreement or understanding that works for everyone. However, there are times when anger can become overwhelming or damaging, and during these times, it’s important to learn how to deal with anger.

                      Expressing anger inappropriately can be harmful to relationships, both personal and professional. You may express too much anger, too often, or at times that are only going to make things worse, not better. In this article we will look at anger management techniques that will help you better control your emotions.

                      Let’s take a deeper look at how to deal with anger.

                      Expressing Anger

                      Anger is a natural and normal part of almost any relationship. This includes relationships with your significant other, kids, boss, friends, family, etc. Anger provides us with valuable information if we are willing to listen to it. It clues us in to areas where we disagree with others and things that need to be changed or altered.

                      Unhealthy Ways to Express Anger

                      Here are some common yet unhealthy ways to express anger that you should avoid:

                      Being Passive-Aggressive

                      This is a term many of us are familiar with. Passive-aggressive behavior happens when someone is angry but uses indirect communication to express their anger.

                      Some of the more common passive-aggressive behaviors include the silent treatment, making comments about someone behind their back, being grumpy, moody, or pouting, or simply not doing tasks or assignments that they should.

                      This is a passive-aggressive person’s way of showing their anger. It’s not very productive but extremely common.

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                      Poorly-Timed

                      Some people get overwhelmed and express anger in a situation where it can’t really do any good.

                      An example would be getting angry at one person in front of a crowd of people. All that does is make people uncomfortable and shuts them down. It’s not a healthy way to express anger or disagreement with someone.

                      Ongoing Anger

                      Being angry all the time is most often a symptom of something else. It’s healthy and normal to express anger when you disagree with someone. However, if someone is angry most of the time and always seems to be expressing their anger to everyone around them, this won’t serve them well.

                      Over time, people will start to avoid this person and have as little contact as possible. The reason being is no one likes being around someone who is angry all the time; it’s a no-win situation.

                      Healthy Ways to Express Anger

                      What about the healthy ways[1] to adapt? When learning how to deal with anger, here are some healthy ways to get you started.

                      Being Honest

                      Express your anger or disagreement honestly. Be truthful about what it is that is making you angry. Sometimes this will entail walking away and thinking about it for a bit before you respond.

                      Don’t say you’re mad at something someone did or said when it’s really something else that upset you.

                      Being Direct

                      Similar to being honest, being direct is a healthy way to express anger.

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                      Don’t talk around something that is making you angry. Don’t say that one thing is making you angry when it’s really something else, and don’t stack items on top of each other so you can unload on someone about 10 different things 6 months from now.

                      Be direct and upfront about what is making you angry. Ensure you are expressing your anger to the person who upset you or you are angry at, not to someone else. This is very counterproductive.

                      Being Timely

                      When something makes you angry, it’s much better to express it in a timely manner. Don’t keep it bottled up inside of you, as that’s only going to do more harm than good.

                      Think of the marriages that seem to go up in flames out of nowhere when the reality is someone kept quiet for years until they hit their breaking point.

                      Expressing anger as it occurs is a much healthier way of using anger to help us guide our relationships in the moment.

                      How to Deal With Anger

                      If you feel angry, how should you deal with it right at that moment?

                      1. Slow Down

                      From time to time, I receive an email at work that makes me so angry that steam is probably pouring out of my ears.

                      In my less restrained moments, I have been known to fire off a quick response, and that typically has ended about as well as you might imagine.

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                      When I actually walk away from my computer and go do something else for a while, I am able to calm down and think more rationally. After that happens, I am able to respond in a more appropriate and productive manner. Doing things that helps you learn how to release anger can make an uncomfortable situation more manageable before it gets out of hand.

                      2. Focus on the “I”

                      Remember that you are the one that’s upset. Don’t accuse people of making you upset because, in the end, it’s your response to what someone did that really triggered your anger. You don’t want to place blame by saying something like “Why don’t you ever put away your dishes?” Say something more like “Having dirty dishes laying on the counter upsets me—can you work with me to come to a solution?”

                      When you are accusatory towards someone, all that does is increase the tension. This doesn’t usually do anything except make your anger rise higher.

                      3. Work out

                      When learning how to deal with anger, exercise is a great outlet. If something happens that angers you, see if you have the opportunity to burn off some of the anger.

                      Being able to hit the gym to get a hard workout in is great. If this isn’t an option, see if you can go for a run or a bike ride. If you are at work when you become angry and the weather permits, at least go outside for a brisk walk.

                      Besides working some of your anger out through exercise, this also helps to give your mind a chance to work through some ways to address what it is that upset you.

                      4. Seek Help When Needed

                      There are times when we could all use some help. Life can be stressful and overwhelming. It’s perfectly fine to seek some help from a mental health professional if it will help you get back to a healthy balance.If you find that you are angry all the time, it might be a good idea to go talk to an expert about learning to control intense emotions. They can give you some sound advice and ideas on how to get your anger to a more manageable and healthy level.

                      5. Practice Relaxation

                      We all seem to lead incredibly busy lives, and that’s a good thing if we are loving the life we are living. That being said, it is very beneficial to our physical and mental well-being to take time out for relaxation.

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                      That can mean spending time doing things that help us calm down and relax, like being around people we enjoy, practicing deep breathing or listening to music. It could be making time for things that help bring us balance like a healthy diet and physical activity.

                      Many people incorporate techniques such as yoga and meditation to calm their minds and release tension when learning how to deal with anger. Whatever your choice is, ensure you take time out to relax when warning signs of anger start to bubble up.

                      6. Laugh

                      Incorporating humor and laughter on a regular basis will help keep anger in check and help you get over a bad mood and feelings of anger more quickly. This isn’t part of formal anger management techniques, but you’ll be surprised by how well it works. Remember, life is a journey that’s meant to be enjoyed fully along the way through healthy emotion. Make sure you take time to laugh and have fun.Surround yourself with people that like to laugh and enjoy life. Don’t work at a job that just causes you stress, which can lead to anger. Work at something you enjoy doing.

                      7. Be Grateful

                      It’s easy to focus on the bad in life and the things that cause us negative emotions. It’s vitally important to remind ourselves of all the wonderful things in life that bring us positive emotions, things that we easily forget because we get caught up in the whirlwind of day to day life.

                      Take time out each day to remind yourself of a few things you are grateful for in order to help you learn how to release anger and invite in more positive feelings.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Life can be overwhelming at times. We seem to have constant pressure to achieve more and to always be on the go or motivated. People we are around and situations we are in can cause stress, anger, and negative emotions. At times, it can seem to be too much, and we get angry and our emotions start to get out of control.

                      During these times, keep in mind that life is an incredible journey, full of wonder and things that bring you joy. When you find yourself angry more often than is healthy, take time out to remember the good things in life—the things that we seem to forget yet bring us so much positive energy and emotions.

                      Use some of the tips included here to help with how to deal with anger and better control your emotions.

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