Need some motivation? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve made a round up of the most uplifting reads of the year – from Elizabeth Day’s tips on turning failures into successes to RuPaul’s positivity mantras, keep scrolling to find an inspiring, life-affirming read to get lost in at the weekend.

Self-Confidence by Charles Pépin

Where does self-confidence come from? How does it work? Why are some people more confident than others? On the surface, these seem like simple questions – but answers can feel hard to come by when we need them most. In this bestselling book, Charles Pépin brings to light the strange alchemy that is self-confidence. Pépin examines the role confidence plays in the lives of our most respected public figures including the likes of Madonna, Mozart, Frieda Kahlo, Martin Luther King and Serena Williams, and argues that above all, to live a life of confidence is to live a life of action.

Self-Confidence by Charles Pépin. Published by HarperCollins.

The Art Of Rest by Claudia Hammond

Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. The Art of Rest draws on groundbreaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on: ‘The Rest Test’, the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. The survey revealed how people get rest and how it is directly linked to your sense of wellbeing. Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

The Art Of Rest by Claudia Hammond. Published by Canongate Books.

Sense by Russell Jones

Our senses have a powerful effect on how we think, feel and behave; yet we don’t use them to their full potential. For over a decade, multi-sensory marketing expert Russell Jones has been using the science of the senses to design products, brands and retail environments that tantalise our senses in revolutionary ways. In this incredible new book, Jones takes research from the worlds of neuroscience, experimental and behavioural psychology and beyond, and shows you how to live more multi-sensorially; paying attention to the sounds, scents, colours, objects, shapes and textures that constantly surround you, to profoundly impact and improve every aspect of your life.

Sense by Russell Jones. Published by Welbeck Publishing Group.

Pocket Positivity: RuPaul

In need of a bit of pep from the queen of drag? RuPaul is here for you in this pocket collection of positivity. Learn how to love yourself, find your family and serve up some rose-tinted realness with quotes that cover everything from self-confidence to superstardom. Full of laughter, colour and creativity, this little book will help you make every day your most fabulous moment yet.

Pocket Positivity: RuPaul. Published by Hardie Grant.

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness by Bill Bailey

In Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness, Bill explores the nature of happiness and ways to be happy. Being Bill Bailey however, he does so in his own, remarkable, Bill Bailey way. This collection of funny, meditative and thoughtful essays seeks out simplicity and clarity as a corrective to the endless background noise of anxiety-inducing news chatter. Bill’s guide to happiness is an antidote to the frenetic whirl of modern life. Fully illustrated with drawings by Bill himself, this is a wonderful gift of a book for anyone who needs a slice of comfort.

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness by Bill Bailey. Published by Quercus Publishing.

Failosophy by Elizabeth Day

Most failures can teach us something meaningful about ourselves if we choose to listen. In Failosophy, Elizabeth Day brings together all the lessons she has learned – from conversations with the guests on her award-winning How to Fail podcast, from stories shared with her by readers and listeners, and from her own life – and distils them into seven principles of failure. Failosophy recognises and celebrates the fact that failure connects us all. It is what makes us human. The essential handbook for turning failure into success.

Failosophy by Elizabeth Day. Published by HarperCollins.

Remarkable People by Dan Walker

An uplifting tonic for the darkness and negativity of recent times. In Remarkable People, Dan Walker, the host of BBC Breakfast, recounts inspiring stories of the courage and selflessness of people he has met throughout his career. We live in an age of anxiety, besieged by bad news and uncertainty but this books shines a light onto stories of selflessness and compassion that seldom make the headlines. Remarkable People is the perfect read for these challenging times; an escape from the negativity of our everyday news cycle, and a tribute to courage and positivity.

Remarkable People by Dan Walker. Published by Headline Publishing Group.

The New Long Life by Andrew J. Scott & Lynda Gratton

Smart new technologies. Longer, healthier lives. Human progress has risen to great heights, but at the same time it has prompted anxiety about where we’re heading. Drawing from the fields of economics and psychology, Andrew J. Scott and Lynda Gratton offer a simple framework based on three fundamental principles to give you the tools to navigate the challenges ahead. The New Long Life is the essential guide to a longer, smarter, happier life.

The New Long Life by Andrew J. Scott & Lynda Gratton. Published by Bloomsbury.

Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert

Based on the popular podcast of the same name (which has over 1 million downloads and a 5* rating on iTunes), Power Hour will help you reclaim your time and unlock your full potential by taking the first hour of each day to focus on what you want to achieve – whether that’s writing a book, running a marathon or starting a business. Adrienne Herbert is a leading wellness professional, TEDx speaker and a voice of inspiration, encouragement and motivation.

Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert. Published by Cornerstone.