Books Every 20-Something Should Read

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As a millennial, you may feel overwhelmed by your goals you have not yet achieved or stressed about what comes next when it comes to your career, increased responsibilities, or personal life. The one things that most of us fail to realize is that everyone else feels the same way. Everyone at this age feels stressed and like they should have accomplished more by now. Need some emotional support or advice for the future? Read these five books and discover that you’re not alone.

It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok by Megan Devine

Megan Devine goes into detail about grief and explains that it’s okay to not have all the answers just yet. As a millennial, life can be confusing with your career struggles, added pressures, and adjusting to life after college. Suffering from other grief such as death or another type of loss or faded friendships, it can add an over baring type of stress to your life. Devine is a practicing therapist who has experienced a great amount of grief after witnessing the drowning of her partner and still manages to share the importance of love and healing. She details that living a life with honesty and a middle ground of happiness, but also recognizing the sadness is healthier than pretending to live the traditional “happy” life. Devine will show you how to deal with loss and how to look on to tomorrow.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a social scientist at the University of Houston, who tells a story of courage, vulnerability, honesty, and love. She combines storytelling with scientific facts about belonging in this generation and how to change the conversation about fitting in. She explains how society pressures us to be perfect and always have a brave face for the world, but how this isn’t healthy. People are experiencing a disconnection and she goes into four separate practices of how to accept yourself and how to truly belong. It is braver to accept things and live life than it is to pretend like you have a perfect life. Brown will make you feel inspired to be yourself despite what society says and will validate all of the fears you have day to day.

Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

The #1 New York Times best-selling author shares a choose-your-own-adventure book filled with tools and advice from professional athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who have overcome the odds that life has thrown at them. The book is filled with profiles of these individuals along with answers to short questions that you may have pertaining to your own life. You will also find information and advice on the personal struggles you may be facing and how to overcome whatever hardships you may be dealing with. You will learn about meditation, morning routines that will work best for your lifestyle, work, and life balance, and other lessons that will directly affect your everyday life. Learn how to pick yourself up and get through this time of changes, lessons, and how to create a path that is entirely yours.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Sometimes we think that no one has any idea what we are going through, and we think that we’re the only one in the world with the problems that we have. Rachel Hollis addresses these issues in Girl, Wash Your Face and speaks about how there is always someone out there who knows what you’re going through. As a millennial, you may believe this notion that you should have your life all figured out and put together, and Hollis says that this isn’t the case. Hollis exposes twenty lies that lead people to live lives filled with depression and anxiety when instead, you should be joyful knowing that hard work will give you results. She offers strategies on how to not feel overwhelmed and unworthy like she once felt. She teaches us to live our lives filled with passion, grace, and full of tomorrows.

10% Happier by Dan Harris

Suffering from anxiety can take over your life and mind, and Dan Harris addresses both of these issues. He teaches his readers to calm the mind and shows you how to relax while de-stressing from obstacles that come your way. Harris shares an approach to dealing with anxiety in modern times while exploring meditation. This book is perfect for anyone struggling with major anxiety and who are looking for an outlet that will bring them peace. Harris’s main focus is bringing mindful thinking to your everyday life and shares how to make mediation your medicine.

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