6 Books that Will Help You Through Your Existential Crisis

Because 2020 has been a hell of a year

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“Ikigai” by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia

Learn the secrets of how to live a long and happy life, shared by the oldest people in the world (at least 100 years old and going strong). Here’s a hint: it starts with simplicity and community.

“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

The true story of a Holocaust survivor who survived a concentration camp by immersing himself in his purpose. It’s a powerful reminder that even if you might not be physically free, you can choose to be mentally free. You’ll come out of this story feeling immense gratitude.

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson

Screw being happy. Manson argues that the tough experiences are what gives life meaning. Learn how to prioritize yourself and shut down the noise while still being a good person. He also has a great weekly email newsletter.

“The Courage to Be Disliked” by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi

Being true yourself might mean upsetting others because you can be viewed as a disruptor of the norm. Written in the form of a dialogue, this book teaches you how to remove the obstacles that keep you from being your authentic self.

“The Quarter-Life Breakthrough” by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

The new mid-life crisis is the quarter-life crisis. Adults in their twenties and thirties are starting to feel restless, despite having a decent job and having their basic needs met. Filled with key takeaways, exercises, and resources, this personable book helps you through your quarter-life crisis in a much healthier way than running away to Bali or paying for a graduate degree that you don’t know what to do with.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

How can you become a better person? Covey gently leads you into the deep end of the reflection pool in this timeless book packed with relatable anecdotes, practical tips, and exercises for each habit. Grab a pen, highlighter, and a notebook because this book is a gold mine of information.

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