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.
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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 149 Comments

  1. Avatar of Erma Sparks

    Erma Sparks

    Dan Harris is a good writer if you ask me. I didn’t even think that I would like that book at first because I could care less about a news anchor. Everything that he described was actually accurate. The world is really noisy and sometimes you just can’t relax anymore. Meditation really helps people focus on what they really want to do in life. Meditation is really important if you want to find your focus in everything.

  2. Avatar of Anita Von

    Dalai Lama has serious wisdom that I can’t get anywhere else. That man is something else. In life, it’s like you’re missing something integral if you haven’t read Dalai’s words of wisdom. If you look at quotes in Google and Pinterest, Dalai Lama is all over it. If you also want a book that’s just joyful and it will make you feel good. For me, just Dalai Lama will give me everything that I need for an upgraded life. I really recommend this book even if you’re not the religious type.

  3. Avatar of Jeanette Dzienis

    Almost every book in audible is really nice. Although I usually go for those that have 4 star ratings and above.

  4. Avatar of ERICA


    Untethered Soul is equally as good as the other books.

  5. Avatar of Doreen Carlson

    Doreen Carlson

    The book about the happiness equation was really nice. I love the references they made here and I had to keep taking notes just so I don’t forget about the important details. I’m going to download the rest of the books and line it up for my next “to hear” list. Judging by the first book I read, these are really motivating choices of books. I’ve already downloaded 10% happier and the 5 second rule. I usually get my list of books in Urbanette because I only prefer reading books that can really help me be a better person.

    • Avatar of Esther Devine

      Esther Devine

      It’s good to take notes when you’re reading something inspirational.

  6. Avatar of Kristina Ramsey

    Kristina Ramsey

    Amazing finds. I will recommend these to my friends.?

  7. Avatar of LINA


    These are really cool books that would definitely upgrade my life big-time. My favorite has to be the happiness equation.

  8. Avatar of Mona Conner

    Mona Conner

    Thanks for always caring about your readers and sharing things like this.

  9. Avatar of Kathy Gregory

    Kathy Gregory

    I agree that having a life upgrade isn’t just about having the right skills and all. You have to upgrade from the inside too. These are really great books and I love Dalai Lama a lot. I will definitely check the rest of the books out. Thank you so much for sharing these inspirational books I like them a lot. Desmon Tutu + Dalai Lama is definitely the best thing that ever happened in history. Just really brought “JOY” to my heart when I read this. Nice journey!

  10. Avatar of Cecilia Little

    Cecilia Little

    I’m experiencing something in my life at the moment which is why I tried checking these books out.

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