I was on the tube a few months ago, the woman next to me was reading a self help book but had covered the front to hide what she was reading. Some may say, she doesn’t want people knowing about her personal life but she wasn’t reading a book about dealing with serious issues she may not want to share, after peeking over it was just a simple steps to happiness book.
This got me thinking. There is often a slight embarrassment or shame in society in admitting we have problems to deal with, or need help with. Truth is don’t we all have something within ourselves, which affects our lives, that we should try and face to lead a happier and more understood life.
Why are you the way you are? Why do certain things? What has happened in your past to shape who you are today? Why did you do something you regret?
I look at self help books, or any other form of ‘help’, as learning to understand yourself so you can improve your quality of life. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, it’s far stronger to seek help, take control and deal with things, rather than to lie ourselves and others.
You may not like what you discover, sometimes we’d rather put our head in the sand. In my opinion though whatever you learn and face, is a relief. Relief that you can piece together why things have happened or why you’ve felt the way you have for so long. More than anything by having this knowledge you can often find the answer on how to live a happier life, the life YOU want, free from problems that have effected it previously.