Let's face it. Between misbehaving kids, a cheating spouse, cell phone malfunctions, credit card debt, and friend drama, we all find our lives a little overwhelming sometimes. The trick is to recognize when we're in over our heads and get some help. Sessions with a therapist cost hundreds of dollars per hour and often provide little in the way of practical advice, so our first stop is often the self help aisle at the local bookshop or library. Here are some popular tomes that have helped many people over the years.

Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

This popular book, published in 1993 by marriage counsellor Dr. John Gray, focuses on helping men and women get what they want out of a relationship by helping them to understand their differences. So before you run out and get implants to make you more attractive, read this book and see if there's another explanation. This book has spawned several sequels, including Mars and Venus on a Date and Mars and Venus in the Bedroom.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Published in 1989, this book by Stephen R. Covey has become the go-to book for anyone looking to get ahead in life, whether it's as an owner of day spa in Virginia or a Commercial Painting & Renovations Ltd company in Ottawa. This book helps you to become more active and goal oriented with the end result that you'll achieve more success in the workplace. There have been several follow-ups to the book and editions have been published with simplified language to help kids and teens to do better in school and in life.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

This book, published in 1936 by Dale Carnegie, was one of the first bestselling self help books ever and has retained its popularity to this day because interpersonal communication hasn't changed much over the years. This book helps you learn the best ways to talk to and deal with people so you can be more popular, gain clients, get the condo rental you want, enjoy rewarding friendships, and make interesting conversation at parties.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

American psychotherapist Richard Carlson wrote his first Don't Sweat the Small Stuff book in 1997 and it became one of the fastest, longest lasting bestsellers on the New York Times list. The books focus on helping people to stop worrying about everything from taxes to their posters falling off the walls, and appreciate what they have. The books have been translated into 26 languages. There are numerous spin-offs of the original book that emphasize non-worrying techniques for families, teens, workers, lovers, parents, women, moms, dads, teachers and more.

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