The way in which we think can change our entire experience of life. Learning to look at a situation positively, is one of the biggest skills a person can learn. A great way to train your mind to stop reaching for negatives and focus on the positives is to read a book that will teach you to develop the skill.

But where do you start? There are countless books out there on positive thinking, some good, others not so helpful. We’ve compiled a list of the 50 best positive thinking books that cover topics that will help you to achieve success, freedom and, most importantly – happiness.


The 50 Best Books on Positive Thinking


  1. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – by Dale Carnegie
  2. Life Is So Good: One Man’s Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How he Learned to Read at Age 98 – by George Dawson
  3. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – by Richard Bach
  4. The Power of Positive Thinking – by Norman Vincent Peale
  5. The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
  6. 59 Seconds: Change your life in under a minute – by Richard Wiseman
  7. The Four Agreements: A practical guide to personal freedom – by Don Miguel Ruiz
  8. How To Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Carnegie
  9. Brain Rules – 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School – by John Medina
  10. The Magic of Believing – by Claude M. Bristol
  11. The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking – By Norman Vincent Peale
  12. How Proust Can Change Your Life – by Alain De Botton
  13. The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want – by Sonja Lyubomirsky
  14. Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living – by Dalai Lama
  15. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – by Richard Carlson
  16. Everyday Positive Thinking – by Louise Hay
  17. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives – by Dan Millman
  18. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – by Joseph Murphy
  19. The Secret – by Rhonda Byrne
  20. The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom – by Rod Stryker
  21. Man’s Search for Meaning – by Viktor E. Frankl
  22. The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives – by Katie Couric
  23. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions – by Guy Kawasaki
  24. The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self – by Deepak Chopra
  25. How Will You Measure Your Life –  by Clayton M. Christensen
  26. Learn How To Think Positively – by Glenn Harrold
  27. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – by Eckhart Tolle
  28. The Last Lecture – by Randy Pausch
  29. Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals – by Jason Harvey
  30. The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science – by Jonathan Haidt
  31. You Can Heal Your Life – by Louise Hay
  32. Rich Dad Poor Dad – by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  33. Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill
  34. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – by Stephen R. Covey
  35. Tuesdays with Morrie – by Mitch Albom
  36. The Gateway: Discover the Power to Create an Outrageously Prosperous and Happy Life – by Robert Sidell
  37. The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life (Richard Templar’s Rules) – by Richard Templar
  38. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life – by Martin E. Seligman
  39. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, By Shawn Achor
  40. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – by Donald  Miller
  41. A New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose – Eckhart Tolle
  42. Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits – by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  43. The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success – by Andy Andrews
  44. Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfilment – Tal Ben-Shahar
  45. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! – by Anthony Robbins
  46. Bushido: The Way of the Samurai – by Tsunetomo Yamamoto
  47. The Magic of Thinking Big – by David J. Schwartz
  48. The Seasons of Life – by Jim Rohn
  49. See You at the Top – by Zig Ziglar
  50. Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – by Spencer Johnson