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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 traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. 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 life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 137 Comments

  1. Kathy Rogers

    Happiness has a huge impact in someone’s life. If someone is happy, he/she can make a big difference. Try to observe a person who is sad, and happy, and tell me who is more creative.

  2. Frances Williams

    I need these books! I’m in pain right now, and I don’t know what will make me happy. I talked to my friends, but apparently, that is not enough. I will try these books if it will change anything.

  3. David Robinson

    I never tried reading books, but when my girlfriend let me hear some audiobooks, I am more addicted than her.

  4. Debra Perry

    The key to a happier life is to live it the way you wanted it to live. don’t force yourself to do something you wouldn’t want to do.

  5. Susan Lopez

    Depression is not a joke. These books will help people who suffer from depression to lift up their mood, of their emotions. I experienced depression, and I am telling you that this is not a joke.

    • Laura Harris

      My mom handed me my iPad with motivational audiobooks on it. It helped me a lot.

  6. Joyce Gonzalez

    I think I want to try this book of joy! I believe in your words, and I guess this will uplift my mood whenever I’m feeling sad or in depression.

  7. Melissa Richardson

    I still read books, but if I can’t read books, I listen to audiobooks. I always get ideas because of your articles.

  8. Tammy Martiz

    Since my friend introduced me to audiobooks, I always listen to them whenever I’, I’m driving, or whenever I have free time.

  9. Kathryn Barnes

    These audiobooks are good for people who are suffering from depression.

  10. Elizabeth

    I would love to read some of these books

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