The Best Uplifting Books For Adults

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This article showcases our top picks for the Uplifting Books For Adults. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

A Psalm for the Wild-Build by Becky Chambers

This product was recommended by Jason Dempsey from Home City Living

I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that touched my soul quite as deeply as Psalm for the Wild-Build. The author has created a beautiful world and characters that you’ll ache to be a part of. In the end, no book has made me fall more in love with our planet and with people more.

The Magic by Rhonda Bryne

This product was recommended by Matt Wilson from Lift Your Game

I believe The Magic by Rhonda Bryne is an uplifting book for adults. It’s an excellent read because it teaches you to focus on the positive aspects of life and helps you tap into your inner power to strive for greatness.

The Thursday Murder Club by Osman Richard

This product was recommended by Richard Brandenstein from FBRLaw

This book focuses on the crime-solving capers of a group of four unlikely friends living in an English retirement village, who find themselves tasked with solving local murders. While the subject matter may at first appear a little dark, Osman succeeds in writing a story that is as fantastically witty and entertaining as it is warm and endearing. Besides being downright enjoyable, the book carries a message we would all do well to remember- don’t underestimate seniors!

White girl within by Ronnie Gladden

This product was recommended by Ronnie Gladden from White Girl Within

Along with inflation, the hangover from the pandemic, and political headwinds attacking historically marginalized communities — for many, contemporary times have been difficult to bear. Indeed, our turbulent era is impacting the identity development of thousands — if not millions of young people — especially those identified as LGBTQ+. Processing complex depression and identity matters is important now more than ever. And the power of authentic representation needs to persist at a time when assaults on personal liberties and expression are underway at break neckflux. In this way, I offer my forthcoming book to help young people to gain more perspective on their own radically evolved identities during paradoxical times — while also learning about my own improbable truth: I am White and female in my aspirations, but Black and male in my complications. It is a valuable resource for LGBTQ+ young people and others willing to evolve their self-reflection skills to better understand their identity and place in the world.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

This product was recommended by David Zhang from Kate Backdrop

This book is an incredible lesson in living each day to the fullest and making the most of your time on earth. In this inspiring memoir, Professor Pausch recounts his personal story as a cancer survivor and his authentic reflections about life, death, optimism, and achievement. I also love how this book inspires readers to pursue their dreams and make the most of every moment.

The Humour Hack by Michael Cundall

This product was recommended by Dr. Michael K. Cundall Jr. from Mirth Management

It’s written by Mike Cundall, a university professor and researcher. There’s nothing quite like the feeling we get when we have a good laugh or share humor with friends. We love to laugh; we love to find humor. The best part is that humor has been shown to instantly raise our spirits. Laughter and humor promote resilience, engagement, and an improved outlook on life. This book helps you understand what humor is, how it works, and how you can effectively bring more of it into your life. Backed by years of research and written in a conversational and engaging tone, the author leads you through a series of chapters that will show you why humor is so important, and how you can benefit from it.

The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot by Marianne Cronin

This product was recommended by Amanda O’Brien from The Discerning Cat

Margot, 83 and Lenni, 17 meet during an art class at a hospital and begin to converse where they realize that they have lived 100 years combined. With this knowledge, they decide to start an art project where they dedicate a painting to each year of their combined lives. This book is narrated through memories and stories as we learn more about the two vastly different lives that have been led. This novel broke my heart and lifted my spirits all in one go. The multi-generational friendship that’s explored within the book is extremely joyful and moving.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This product was recommended by Jennifer Gregory from Vegas Food and Fun

It’s an incredibly popular book and one that I find to be very uplifting and motivating. My favorite thing about this book is the great focus that it has on how travel and food can be healing, and can lead you to have a happier life. As someone who’s business revolves around sharing travel, food, and entertainment, I heavily relate to this message!

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This product was recommended by Granger McCollough from Elite Patio Direct

Matt Haig came close to ending it all. Too close. Reasons To Stay Alive is the story of hope that sprang from his darkest moments, and was written to help others to come to terms with the fact that it’s okay to not be okay. It’s a book created to reinforce the idea that it’s always better to stick around and find out how your story was meant to end, rather than trying to bring your journey to a premature end.

Off Course by Erin Beresini

This product was recommended by Kevin Harris from NANBF

This is a great read for adults who need a bit of joy in their life, especially if they’re passionate about fitness! It’s both funny and informative, you will not be able to put it down! This book is about the world of obstacle course racing, what goes into training, and all of the wonderful characters you can meet along the way. It also provides insight into the history of the sport. Whether you’re a runner or not, I think this book will motivate you to get up with the urge to move your body, and even if it doesn’t, it’ll definitely entertain and uplift you for a few hours!

Walt Disney The Biography by Neal Gabler

This product was recommended by Erika Barnes from Pet Smitten

It’s the definitive tale of the ultimate American success story and the embodiment of the American dream, and it’s hard not to be swept off your feet by the magic and the incredible sense of purpose that drove Walt Disney while reading Gabler’s book. It’s a wonderful testament to the power of the human spirit and the drive to break out of the bonds that society had forged and become everything that you were to be.

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle By Matt Cain

This product was recommended by Alice Eve from Cicinia France

The ideal read for anyone concerned that they’ve left it too late, whatever it may be. In the case of Albert Entwistle, 64, it’s his personal life. He has been focusing on his job as a postman for the past 18 years since his mother died, and he is devastated to learn that he will be forced to retire in three months. With nothing to do and no one to care about, he tentatively reaches out to the people around him to see if he can track down the man he loved and let go of as a teenager, and in the process, find a community.

The End Of The Beginning by Carrie Voigt Schonhoff

This product was recommended by Margaret Geiger from Twelve31 Media

Carrie Voigt Schonhoff, poet and author of The Liminal Space, has released her second published book of poems, The End of the Beginning. Schonhoff once again captures the spirit of her native Wisconsin while encapsulating the growth of her life’s journey and exciting next chapter. This work will pull at the heartstrings of those that continue to face challenges but never stop dreaming. Her second book of poems addresses the importance of healing, moving on, and being ready to face a new beginning. Schonhoff’s newest work is a continuation of beliefs that we can heal by connecting and understanding one another on a deeper level through poetry. The holidays can be a tough time for a lot of people and Carrie’s work is a great pick-me-up and a good dose of inspiration for those that need it.

Myung Sung by Dr. Jenelle Kim

This product was recommended by MK Edwards from Elevated Public Relations

The Korean Art of Living Meditation tells the true story of author Dr. Jenelle Kim’s father as a young monk growing up in the mountains of Korea and learning the centuries-old keys for living in meditation. Alongside each chapter, Dr. Kim digs deeper, unpacking the message and inviting you to examine how the skill could be applied to your own life too. A careful weaving of storytelling and practical mindfulness advice, Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation inspires you to open your heart and mind, find your purpose, and discover a new level of inner peace.

From Connery to Craig by James L. Neibaur

This product was recommended by Gary Schneeberger from ROAR

Who doesn’t love James Bond? His electrifying adventures have been a pop culture staple for 60 years. FROM CONNERY TO CRAIG, hailed by Bond girl Maud Adams (OCTOPUSSY) as a major contribution to the Bond literary legacy, is filled with fascinating details about the production of all 27 films and critical analysis that spotlights how what the authors christen the James Bond Cinematic Universe both shaped and was shaped by culture.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This product was recommended by Isabella Flint from Fanatically Food

It’s about a girl who decides that she is going to end her life, but gets transported to a library that is full of passages of her own life. She can read and re-write anything she likes. It’s a fantastic book about appreciating yourself and looking back on fond memories.

Welcome Home by Suzanne Roynon

This product was recommended by Suzanne Roynon from Interiors Therapy

This book does just what it says on the tin – packed with ‘Ah-ha’ moments to open your eyes to the impact of some possessions on health, relationships, well-being and success. It’s as much about the relationship with yourself as anyone else. This is a primer for Interiors Therapy in a simple, friendly form which makes it easy for anyone to invite positive, inspiring energy into their home and feel the benefits of a happy, nurturing space.

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

This product was recommended by Min Tom from Happy Hong Konger

The affection Billie Letts has for her home state is at the heart of this book. She depicts an Oklahoma that defies stereotypes and values the working class. Her characters are complex and completely human; one cannot help but root for them, cry for them, and rejoice with them.

The Mountain Is You by Brianna Wiest

This product was recommended by Brianna Parks from Brianna Parks Photography

I recommend this book to everyone, especially those who suffer from anxiety or depression. This book focuses on self-sabotage and why we do it. It tackles common issues like perfectionism, lack of motivation, and internal struggles. I’m an avid reader, and I have yet to find a book that is as validating and relatable as this one. It will truly change your life.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

This product was recommended by Christel Oerum from Diabetes Strong

I really enjoyed how this book explores the uses of mindfulness in a whole range of stressful situations, including medical concerns, relationships, and work worries. Its teachings are relevant to almost everyone and its narrative certainly has a way of calming the reader down while also encouraging them to move forward in a positive manner.

The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly

This product was recommended by Natalia Morozova from Cohen, Tucker & Ades P.C.

The Rhythm of Life is a wonderfully crafted book that inspires you to lead a life filled with purpose and passion. Matthew Kelly offers strategies for identifying your unique talents, discovering your desires, and becoming the best version of yourself. The Rhythm of Life is the quintessential uplifting book for adults, one that captivates throughout with powerful insight and refined perspectives.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

This product was recommended by Allison Banfileld from Proud Happy Mama

This book is beautifully written and illustrated, and the short-form little quips on each page somehow always seem to smack me in the face with how obvious but groundbreaking they are.

Six Hours by Rick Mater

This product was recommended by Rick Mater from Rick Mater

The true story of one man’s attempt to defy the odds and run the 17 treacherous miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up to the South Rim… as a 64-year-old cardiac patient. Rick Mater is a seasoned runner who has survived a heart attack and has multiple stents in his “widow-maker” artery. In his words, he shares how the high-risk run was more than an athletic endeavor, and how it compelled him to reflect on life, mortality, and his legacy. A personal diary and story of perseverance, Six Hours also serves as a valuable runner’s guide, a travelogue that reveals unique details about the history, ecology, and geology of the Grand Canyon, and also part Native American history lesson.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This product was recommended by Min Tom from Happy Hong Konger

The Help is a fictional story set in 1962 Mississippi. The story alternates between three characters: Aibileen and Minnie, two black servants, and Skeeter, a young white woman. Will these women be able to disrupt the status quo, and if so, at what cost?

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

This product was recommended by Jack Williams from Handyman Reviewed

This graphic novel is about finding one’s place in the world and discovering happiness and acceptance along the way. It’s heartfelt and soothing, with a cast of characters that will make you think of someone you know, or maybe yourself.

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