When Netflix reintroduced the world to Marie Kondo – author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and Spark Joy – with its original series, Tidying Up, fans spun into an organization frenzy. Kondo’s delight for decluttering was infectious, and she left a nation inspired. If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo and are ready to find joy in other areas of your life, here are a few books to read.
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
For joy at home: In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Joanna Gaines shares her tips on how to dress a home with personality that reflects the family within. Her comprehensive guide walks readers room by room, with template designs and expert advice that will leave any reader confidently design-ready and inspired.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
For joy in life: Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world, and Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, shares secrets and tips about their hygge philosophy within her book. “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders
For joy in contentment: Cait Flanders found herself in a vicious cycle of consumerism in her 20s, engulfed in debt, greed and bad habits. Then she set a challenge for herself – no shopping for an entire year. Her book documents those 12 months during which she bought only consumables, and lists her tips toward success.
Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlary
For joy without chaos: In a culture where we are over-worked, over-connected and over-stressed, we find ourselves in a constant competition of business and exhaustion. Author Brooke McAlary is passionate about putting a stop to that mindset and choosing to slow down, simplify and focus on the things that are truly important. In her book, she suggests the small daily variations that can lead to life-long change.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
For joy in living boldly: When Admiral William H. McRaven addressed a graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their commencement day, he had no idea that his 10 basic self-improvement lessons would go viral. In his book, with great humility and optimism, McRaven elaborates on those same principles toward living a bold and purposeful life.
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis
For joy in chasing dreams: Rachel Hollis is on a mission to arm women with the information and confidence they need to identify their goals and go after them without fear, embarrassment or self-sabotage. In her book, Hollis identifies the common excuses women make to put their dreams on hold and replaces those excuses with enthusiasm and self-assurance.
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Thanks for the terrific list! Another one I would add is The Upside of Downsizing. Rather than being a how-to, it is your emotional companion for the downsizing journey.