Life changing philosophical books

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates


Every one of us , at least once in our lives have faced the genial need of a person who would miraculously pull us out of an unwanted situation and guide us to our success and happiness. Alas! this is life, and we’re left alone to ourselves with our inner jostling thoughts.

The only choice and the only path which stares at us with awful eyes at that point of time is to “give up”. We are oblivious of our goals in life , innocent of the purpose and unconscious about how we’re going to achieve our ultimate goals.

But as we’re taught from the very beginning of our lives that no one but books are our best friends as they continue inspiring us to do great things in life and overcome our failures. Thus if at any point of time , you feel disoriented from your life , look up to these books which will for sure inspire you in every way and will fasten your philosophical thoughts and let sunshine in your life once again.

1. The ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coehlo


As the subtitle of the book suggests , it is a fable about following your dream. This book is an aura in itself. Whenever you feel that everything is at its sheer end and there’s nothing you can do to tie up the scattered ends and make it a whole , then this book is for you !

With each page your motivation will be boosted as it constantly reminds you to pursue your dreams and whatever your heart desires. The story revolves around a young shepherd named Santiago who has a recurring dream when he falls asleep under a sycamore tree located near an abandoned church in Spain which is supposedly prophetic . He envisions that there is a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt.

The book is essentially a tale of the journey being equally important as the end goal, because of all the experiences and lessons one learns throughout their quest. Just like Santiago, the book encourages readers to find and pursue their life purpose, no matter how discouraged they may at times feel.

Santiago shows readers how to earn to trust their hearts, read the seemingly inconspicuous signs, and understand that as we look to fulfill a dream, the universe works with us to do the same.

The Alchemist is about the power and importance of following your dreams . To achieve your dreams you first need to have your own dreams and the journey you take in the course of your dream , the people you meet on the way , the lessons you learn in the expedition is the real treasure that you need to cherish for the rest of your lives . Hence the saying

“The journey is more beautiful than the treasure”

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2. THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom


This book concerns five lessons learnt about life by Eddie when he reaches heaven and meets five people he had known throughout . This book will help you to live your life in a better way. It will teach you :

How we are all intertwined , how everyone you meet in your life has a role to play; be it small or big , it concerns your life and makes a big difference. Even the little things we do can affect other people’s lives and experiences dramatically. Hence this book teaches us to maintain a fairly relationship with everyone because we never know how and when our karma will get back to us and effect our life in a certain way .

Another lesson that we get to learn from this book is that Sacrifice, whether big or small, is not something to regret. We are only passing something on and it is the noblest thing to do . One sacrifice of yours can change your life and even the life of other people surrounding you. Sacrifices are a part of life. Everyone makes these sacrifices. Some sacrifices are big, and others are day-to-day small sacrifices, but they all make an impact in other people’s lives.

The third lesson we can learn from this is that forgiveness and letting go of things lets you live life to the fullest. Hate is like a poison that eats you from the inside out. We get angry at great many things which effect our life, but we are not ready to accept the story behind it which can amend the whole situation and will also let us feel relieved.

Apart from this there are two other lessons learnt by Eddie in his journey which makes the readers realise that there are many unexplored regions in our lives which once explored can fill our world with positivity, willingness and compliance.

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3. THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI by Robin Sharma

A potent pathway to self-awakening that will help you to live your greatest life and claim the happiness, prosperity and inner peace that you deserve


This inspiring tale provides a step to step approach to living with greater courage , abundance and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle , a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out of balance life. On a life changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful , wise and practical lessons that teach us to : develop joyful thoughts , follow our life’s mission and calling , cultivate self-discipline and act courageously , value time as our most important commodity and nourish our relationships.

This fable follows the story of Dar Sanderson, a middle-aged human resources manager with a good job, nice home and steady income. Despite his apparent success, Dar is deeply unhappy, realising that his good life is keeping him from his best life. After encountering the Monk, he embarks on a 6-month odyssey to discover his authentic self and reclaim the life of his dreams. Along the way he learns the 7 stages every person must choose to walk if they wish to seek a life of lasting happiness and personal freedom.

Robin Sharma a offers a blueprint for living a beautiful life, rich with joy, prosperity and lasting inner peace. It’s a must read for anyone who is struggling with inner peace and cannot realise their dream.

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4. IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE by Hector garcia and Francesc Miralles


Another book to add to the list that touches the various aspects of life, which can help us, achieve a long happy life is IKIGAI : a reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. This book is inspiring , comforting and will give you the life changing tools to uncover your personal IKIGAI. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into passions.

Ikigai is an understanding of the proportion of each of the above-mentioned questions. It explains how a little stress is always good for us and how it keeps us going everyday. This book is for all those people who have a million questions and a billion answers in their minds about their personal and professional lives struggling to match them. IKIGAI is a sure shot magic potion for a happy life to all the readers.

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5. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr


This book is the winner of The Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015. It tells the story of two teenagers during World War II (WWII), one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army. The novel is an exploration of the tragedy of war. Characters full of promise are transformed in heartbreaking ways by the violence around them.

The novel questions how much power human beings have to choose their own destinies, and to what degree our lives are predetermined by the world around us. Finally All the Light We Cannot See calls attention to the shared humanity that bridges our differences and the artificiality of dividing lines between “good guys” and “bad guys.”

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All these books will make you emerge as a new person and will surely do half of the good you were searching for in other people’s advice. These books will certainly make you want to turn every page with a zeal of positivity. Happy reading!