How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It by Patricia LoveI know a book has helped me if I find myself returning to it over and over - usually a direct result of the amount of practical information inside - and this is one that I have read a few times and will read again. Obviously, this book is intended for married couples. However, I could see it applying easily to any male-female committed relationship, whether in turmoil or not. It gave me powerful insight into how emotionally-charged misunderstandings can crop up based on issues not even related to the conflict at hand. More specifically, the different ways men and women tend to process similar information, their respective sensitivities, where those tendencies come from, and better ways of handling the conflict that so often arises from all of the above.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené BrownThis one is definitely more well known, although harder to describe because of its totally unique subject matter. Brown draws from her research on shame to distill ten "guideposts" for an authentic, shame-resilient life. Epiphanies for me included that play and rest are vital, and that actually regularly using one's own creativity is essential to living an authentic (and therefore much happier, healthier) life. A fascinating and extremely practical read that I would recommend to anybody pursuing more self-awareness and peace.
I'd love to hear of your own favorites in the comments - any life changing self help out there? Also, if you've read any of these already, it would be great to hear what you thought. One of our favorite things as library professionals is discussing books with people!