Self-Improve While You Do Other Stuff: Here Are the 10 Audiobooks to Make It Happen

Self-improvement never sounded so good.

We all aspire to be better versions of ourselves, but unfortunately, we have a long to-do list of other errands to get through first. In a perfect world, we would all have the time to sit (or lie) down and crack open a good self-help book. But the reality is that we barely have enough time to just sit, let alone get lost in a self-improvement book. Thankfully, audiobooks exist to save the day. Audiobooks let us continue with our hectic schedules while still absorbing reading materials that leave us inspired.

If you’re a person who is always on the run but doesn’t want to give up being informed and motivated, you’ll appreciate our list of ten self-improvement audiobooks, guaranteed to help you reach your goals.

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The Career Manifesto

If you’re having trouble navigating your dream career path, then look no further than Michael Steib’s The Career Manifesto. In this action-oriented audiobook, the award-winning CEO of XO Group breaks down the complicated and often intimidating questions that tend to scare us out of uncovering our passions. Even more than just helping us pinpoint our passions and goals, Steib’s audiobook offers simple and effective ways to achieve them.


Don’t Bite the Hook

On a daily basis, we encounter countless obstacles that could easily make our day go south. Traffic jams. Bad weather. Rude customers. But as Pema Chödrön says in her audiobook, Don’t Bite the Hook, that’s only if we let it. In this audiobook, not only does Chödrön teach us how to recenter ourselves to avoid downward spirals when placed in stressful situations, but she shows us how to improve our relationships to become more compassionate and loving.


True Love

In our eternal quest to be loved and to love, we can find ourselves in relationships where neither aspiration (nor partner) is truly satisfied. The audiobook True Love by author Thich Nhat Hanh seeks to train people on how to “practice authentic love” by offering Buddhist mindfulness practices that are simple, direct, and easy to incorporate into our lives.


Running with Mindfulness

If you enjoy taking long walks outside to clear your head, then you’re going to love Running with Mindfulness by psychotherapist William Pullen. The audiobook focuses on Dynamic Running Therapy, or DRT, which combines mindfulness with running to catalyze positive change in someone’s physical and mental health, particularly with stress. Sounds like a win-win to us.


The Other Side of Impossible

The human body works in mysterious ways, and sometimes that translates into it outsmarting medical technological advancements. Journalist Susannah Meadows explores that phenomenon in her audiobook, The Other Side of Impossible. In her book, Meadows takes listeners on a journey to the very edge of medical science, as she shares the real-life experiences of seven families who continued to seek out answers when traditional medicine didn’t provide any. All in all, it’s a book of incredible perseverance and healing.


If Our Bodies Could Talk

In this age of media, we’re accustomed to reading an article about how coffee is good for us one day, and then seeing another article about how it’s actually bad for us the next. It’s a confusing cycle of information, and one that doctor-turned-journalist James Hamblin decided to use as the concept of his book, If Our Bodies Could Talk. The book is based on his video series in The Atlantic that goes by the same name. Like the series, in the audiobook, Hamblin explores those oversimplified health questions from a humorous but still educational standpoint. If you’re not laughing, you’re definitely learning something.


How to Be an Adult in Relationships

The title of this audiobook seems obvious enough. We’d all like to be mature adults when we’re in relationships, although I’m sure we can think of a few times when we were maybe a little hurtful, petty or downright immature. Author David Richo explores the five hallmarks of mindful loving, from appreciation to acceptance, that will help us be less judgmental and fearful, and instead be more open and compassionate with ourselves and others.


Find Your Why

Simon Sinek, who is best known for examining society’s most successful people in Start With Why, is back again with Find Your Why. In Find Your Why, Sinek prompts people to dig deep down and figure out what fuels and also fulfills themselves. The audiobook is a step-by-step guide that can truly help anyone, from a recent grad who is lost to a CEO who needs a little more guidance.


Bliss More

Many health benefits result from meditating, like reduced blood pressure and stress levels, making it an ideal habit. But for many of us, meditation is hard. We either don’t have the time, or when we do have the time, we just can’t seem to get into the groove of it. We can convince ourselves that maybe we’re just not cut out for meditation. Wrong, says Light Watkins. In Bliss More, Watkins gives us a different approach to meditation. She offers tips and hacks, as well as real-life testimonials from people who were once meditation-challenged to prove that anyone can do it.


Perfect Just as You Are

Just like Haddaway’s song goes, “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me,” love is a complex and challenging concept to wrangle. As Chödrön outlines in her audiobook, Perfect Just as You Are, we’re all deserving of love. If you want to be more compassionate, kind, joyful, or equanimous to anyone else or yourself, then Chödrön’s book is worth a listen. She offers meditation tips, writing exercises, and love-conjuring mantras. The best part? She urges us to do the program at our own pace.


So there you have it, folks. These ten audiobooks are worth tuning into while commuting to work or running another sort of errand. After all, what do you have to lose? Not time, that’s for sure!



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