The 10 Books About Self Love to Read When You Need to Be Your Own Hero

It is way too easy to be your own worst critic. Oh, there's another blemish again—guess who isn't beautiful? Look at how she's super successful—how come my career hasn't taken off? Wow, they look so happy—what's wrong with me that I can't find ? If you've ever uttered versions of those thoughts to yourself before, you're not alone. The pressure to cultivate a so-called "perfect" life that's complete with a , a loving partnership, a healthy self-image, and lasting friendships is a common feeling, and when it doesn't work out, it's normal to feel like you're entirely at fault. All of these aspects of life factored into the  findings that only 33 percent of Americans are happy.

But wallowing in self-doubt isn't a game plan, even if such feelings aren't unusual. Instead, learn how to practice self-love by reading these 10 titles on the subject, which feature New York Times bestsellers and recent releases that have received plenty of accolades, too. These books will show you that silencing self-deprecation as you focus on individual talents, and advocating for your needs during challenging periods—all while striving for what really makes you happy—can eventually uncover the  and clarity within. It sounds like a challenge, for sure. But seeing how easy it is to be your own worst critic, it'll be worth the hard work, in the end, to finally embrace your perfectly imperfect self.