7 Best Spiritual Books of All Time (SLIDESHOW)

[ 0 ] March 20, 2012 |

Brian Johnson

Philosopher Brian Johnson picks the most effective self-improvement guides for you …

Just for a second, imagine what your life would be like if you absorbed the greatest and most powerful teachings from the best teachers in the world from the beginning of time. What would your life be like? You’d be a better person, a better parent, lover, entrepreneur, a happier being, a peaceful warrior. You’d be a force for change in your life and for the world. With PhilosophersNotes by your side, you can achieve just that.

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These collections of mini-CliffsNotes, created by philosopher Brian Johnson, distill the most important ideas from ancient and modern philosophical gurus on success principles, personal growth, wellness, health and more that will inspire and empower you to live your deepest truths. Click through Brian’s recommendations below for a sampling the most effective self-improvement guides ever:

Spiritual Laws of Success

The Seven Spiritual Laws of SuccessThe Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepok Chopra

The creation of wealth has always been regarded as a process that requires hard work and luck--often at the expense of others. In this remarkable book, bestselling author Deepak Chopra reveals how to align with the subtle yet powerful, unseen forces that affect the flow of money in our lives.

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Selected Writings of RWE

The Selected=The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most iconic writers of all time, this classic collection of critical essays, poems, and letters  span Emerson's career as author and traveling lecturer, and chart his evolving thought on the concepts of the 'oversoul', individualism without egotism, anti-materialism, intuition and independence. Tap into one of the greatest minds of nineteenth-century America.

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The How of Happiness

The How of HappinessThe How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Drawing on her own groundbreaking research with thousands of men and women, research psychologist and University of California professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has pioneered a detailed, yet easy-to-follow plan to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives. The How of Happiness is a different kind of happiness book, one that offers a comprehensive guide to understanding what happiness is and isn't.

Related on genConnect: Shawn Achor's Science of Happiness

Constructive Living

Constructive LivingConstructive Living: Outgrow Shyness, Depression, Fear, Stress, Grief, Chronic Pain by David K. Reynolds

Constructive Living combines two of the most popular forms of therapy in Japan into one profoundly effective approach that will not only enhance your productivity but bring a flexible, responsive mind and Zen-like tranquility to your personal and professional life.

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HappierHappier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar

Can You Learn to Be Happy? YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course. Tal Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice and spiritual enlightenment to create insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

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Mastery: The Key to Success

MasteryMastery: The Key to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard

Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. Whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships,this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose.

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Reflections on the Art of Living

A Joseph Campbell CompanionA Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are," says celebrated scholar Joseph Campbell as he shares his intimate and inspiring reflections on the art of living in this beautifully packaged book, part of a new series to be based on his unpublished writings.

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