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5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your Life

Give these a listen if you want to upgrade your life and happiness.


Despite how other people’s lives appear in their heavily curated social media feeds, life isn’t smooth-sailing–for anyone. For those of us who are introspective, there are moments that lead to the re-evaluation of who we are as a person or how our life is progressing in general. Even with the wisdom that we acquire from our friends, relatives or significant other—there’s often still a gnawing feeling inside us that we need an expert (or a guru!) to answer all our impending needs for an upgraded life. But success in your career, relationships, or life path isn’t just about knowing all the tips and tricks. Most often, it starts with our holistic well-being as a person.

5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your Life

These audiobooks keep me feeling happy and motivated

If you find yourself stuck in a rut and in need of dire upgrade, whether it’s in small or bigger aspect of your life, maybe it’s time that you find the inspiration that can motivate you to move forward. Here are 5 motivating audiobooks that can help you ‘2.0’ your life (and you can listen for free with Audible’s free trial):

The Untethered Soul

The Journey Beyond Yourself

5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your LifeMichael Singer is an author you should know about, but probably don’t. This book is an all-time great IMHO, given the immense power it unleashes to its readers. He gives us the easy steps that allow us to align with our true selves and release the assumptions about the world that don’t serve us (or the world) well. It asks us to analyze the voice in our head and determine if that voice knows what it’s talking about, or full of BS. The page turner should be on every shelf across the globe and read in schools. You’ll feel lighter as the pages turn, and see the day with confidence and truth. It’s an audiobook you’ll listen to more than once. Pop this baby in your headphones on your way to work. You’ll be happy you did…

The Book of Joy

Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your LifeWe all know how happiness can create a big difference in a person’s life. Just by knowing where to anchor your emotions and spiritual life, you’re on your way to an upgrade. Despite the trials and adversity I was going through at the time, when I listened to this audiobook my heart felt lighter and my mind felt clearer.  By listening to this uplifting audiobook, you will discover the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s infectiously happy stories and teachings designed to aid you in searching for a better purpose in this changing world. They will inspire you to find a purpose that is fueled by compassion, and help you to be a joy to yourself and to others. (Even if you think you’re already the happiest and nicest person on Earth.) After all, this is “The Book of Joy”!

10% Happier

How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your LifeDan Harris (the Nightline anchor) will take you on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey in this audiobook. With spirituality and self-help, he discovers a way to be happier in an achievable way: through daily meditation “for fidgety sceptics”. Still sceptical? You’re not the only one. Even Dan used to think that meditation was useless and felt powerless to tame the loud voice in his head that was causing negative feelings and actions. But he solved many of his life’s issues when he found out that meditation can do almost everything–from helping us see our life and relationships more clearly, to lowering your blood pressure and even rewiring your brain!

The Happiness Equation

Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your LifeNew York Times best-selling author Neil Pasricha gives us the formula for a happy life through common ideals that are flipped on their head and cast in a completely new light. It includes fascinating lessons such as ‘why success doesn’t lead to happiness’, ‘how to make more money than a Harvard MBA’, ‘why multitasking is a myth’, and ‘how eliminating options leads to more choice’. Personally, I found that it contributed to a shift in how I thought about ‘everything’ in life—and how ‘everything’ contributes to a bigger change. The lessons here are highly relatable and easy to apply in life. Just a tip: you might want to makes notes as you read. It’s full of good references that can be useful in the future.

The 5 Second Rule

Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

5 Motivating Books That Will Upgrade Your Life

This audiobook teaches you how to: become confident, to break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, to beat fear and uncertainty, to stop worrying and feel happier, and to share your ideas with courage. It is a very simple yet powerful book that contains stories of people who used the 5 Second Rule and witnessed the drastic changes in their lives. This isn’t your typically extremely motivating book, don’t get me wrong. It simply reminds you that whatever it is that you want to upgrade or achieve lies within you—and no one else. “The secret isn’t knowing what to do—it’s knowing how to make yourself do it.” Ain’t that the truth!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 123 Comments

  1. Justin Carter

    The book of joy? OMG! I remember, Powerful, exquisite, full of love and friendship between Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama. I listened to this on audio; incredible to hear the different voices and quotes from these two enlightened friends. I will refer back to with frequency the helpful practice chapters at the end on meditation/thought changes. This is the premier “book of joy” I’ve read thus far. Empowering and thought-provoking with humor and love for self and others. I simply love it.

  2. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage is a great one. It makes you realize that there is no one standing in your way but yourself. No more excuses, start doing what matters in our life.

    • We got the same idea. No condition, society or people to use as an excuse for all the delay in our life. We know what to do, so we better do it now!

  3. Susmita

    actually I have read a lot of similar books before and feel like all are generic. But I will give these a shot and I hope to get something positive out of them.

  4. The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything is my favorite. one of the few books that teach you how to eliminate material things and negativity in your life. It simplifies life, and it’s awesome!

    • Ofelia Ruley

      Great concepts! It gives the same idea as Minimalism.

  5. My mom told me that social media is like a poison. She encourages me and my other siblings to read a book during our spare time than to stay in front of our laptops or tablet. Actually, she’s the one who showed me this article.

    • Sasha Smith

      I love what your mother has said. I also love books, you know what I sometimes go to the bookstore and stayed there for 2 straight days. I don’t know what happened, I guess that’s what happens once you’re already hooked on the story. 🙂

    • Hachi Komatsu

      Good job to your mom! Yes, please listen to her and give some time to the books mentioned here.

  6. I was once a lost soul. But when I finally accepted God, I realized a lot of things in my life. I would recommend you listen to or read this book to help you understand yourself more and to you will be surprised at the things you might learn and discover.

  7. Karen Abeyta

    The Untethered Soul is one of my favorite books — it’s simply written and easy to understand, and it gives new information about happiness and life in general that I haven’t read in other books I had in the past.

    • Andrea Jones

      It was notably freeing to have awareness of how much we allowed our own thoughts(more often negative) to run our lives. But Michael’s book is a total game-changer!

    • Carmen Griffin

      I listened to this audio multiple times, bought copies of it for my family, and shared it with friends. After reading The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, my mind becomes clearer. It was freeing!

    • Zoraida Martin

      The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, this may be the only book you need to have to absolutely know and understand your inner self and how to be truly free.

    • Rosalia Russell

      I do not have it yet, and I heard this book is a little controversial, but I am very much interested. Would listen to the audiobook

    • Elizabeth Gonzalez

      Yeah, a lot of good stuff in this book. What I like most are the instructions about self-reflection. I hope to be able to apply it in my daily life.

  8. Connie Schmidt

    Just what people needed…another must-have book on happiness. As if you can get that from a book! #lame

  9. Esther Devine

    10% Happier made a big impact in my life, positively! I highly recommend it.

  10. Joan Morales

    Why I only found your website now? This is an amazing article. I would recommend this to my friends.

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