8 Books That Will Help You Think Deeper and See Clearer

8 Books That Will Help You Think Deeper And See Clearer

Whether you're soul searching, feeling blue, having an existential crisis, or just living, these books are worth reading.


1. ​"First, We Make the Beast Beautiful"​ by Sarah Wilson

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"First, we make the beast beautiful" is a Chinese proverb that invites us to accept and embrace the parts of our lives that scare us. Just as the intelligence and grace of an octopus was once feared, the grip of mental disease can be a daunting beast. In this beautifully illustrated story, Sarah Wilson takes a refreshing perspective on anxiety, writing about her own experience using words of acceptance and transformation, rather than pain and submission.

2. "Lost in Translation" by Ella Frances Sanders

Ella Frances Sanders

In today's society, more than ever, opportunities for self-expression and creativity are abundant. Individuals have the ability to connect with others and with themselves, but technology has taken over as the primary form of communication. The art of language - the bridge between even the most diverse of people - is often ignored. In this book, Ella Frances Sanders gives life to words that cannot be translated into our language. "Lost in Translation" will lead you to discover outlets of expression you may have never before considered.

3. "Happiness is..." by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

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With all of the hate, pain, war, and sickness plaguing our world, it's hard to find a little bit of good. To combat overwhelming negativity, Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar teamed up to compile this list of 500 things to be happy about, ranging from ideas as complex as parenthood to simple pleasures like the cold side of a pillow. Even on the cloudiest of mornings, you can find a little bit of sunshine peeking through a page of this book.

4. "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur


In 2014, Indian immigrant Rupi Kaur quickly became a best-selling author after she self-published her first work, "Milk and Honey." The book, originally written as the author's private coping mechanism, is divided into four parts: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing. Each of these sections is filled with poetry and prose that spark distinct emotions with each turned page. The reader is invited to reflect on his/her own experiences as Kaur offers her heart in this stunningly unique story of survival.

5. "The Sun and Her Flowers" by Rupi Kaur

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Years after Rupi Kaur exposed her scarred heart to the world through "Milk and Honey," she shared a more upbeat collection of work. "The Sun and Her Flowers" is based on the idea that people, like flowers, must





in order to bloom."

Incorporating historical, cultural, and personal anecdotes, Kaur expands her unique writing style to explore the ideas of love through family, friends, significant others, and most importantly, oneself.

6. "Full Catastrophe Living" by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

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The brutal truth is that stress is everywhere. We can't escape stress; we must embrace our anxieties and relinquish fear as Sarah Wilson teaches in "First, We Make the Beast Beautiful." But it's not easy. How can we stay standing against the never-ending waves of illness, responsibility, and perceived failure? As a college student, I'm constantly surrounded by some of the most stressed-out people I have ever met. There's always a test, always an assignment, always that annoying thing called adulthood. And to make it even better, when everyone is stressed, everyone is sick. So, basically, everyone is always sick. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn explores this mind-body connection in "Full Catastrophe Living," outlining his own stress reduction program that aims to heal chronic pain and disease by naturally soothing the mind and spirit.

7. "Vertigo: of Love and Letting Go" by Analog de Leon

Going Vertigo

This modern epic poem has a very similar style to Rupi Kaur's two books. Analog de Leon, a moniker developed by Chris Purifoy, writes short but thought-provoking poems and prose to indulge the minds of many. It seems to me that this piece of literature truly exemplifies the commonly used expression, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Each page, no matter how few or many words it holds, hints at concepts deeper and more complex than many are comfortable exploring. If you are willing to think, it's worth it.

8. "101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think" by Brianna Wiest

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Well, the title of this one pretty much speaks for itself. It's not lying, either. Of the 441 pages waiting to be read, I have only completed two. In one sitting, those two pages gave me the words I didn't realize I had been waiting to hear for a very, very long time. These words have spoken to me in a way that has allowed me to open my heart and engage in the most honest conversations I have had with myself and others. The way I think, feel, and share has truly been changed. In 101 uplifting essays, Brianna Weist motivates, teaches, empathizes, and guides in a way that feels like you're lying under the stars, talking about life with your best friend at 2 a.m.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

"Alexa, play "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers."


In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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5 Stages Of Coming Home For Summer

Whatever. Those rules aren't real.


Going home after months of being on your own can be tough. You go through all the emotions, excited, bored, mad, and some days just downright exhaustion. After coming home this past week, these are just a few of the feelings that have taken over my experience.

1. Realizing you're coming home to family, good food, and someone else doing your laundry

After all the packing and unpacking, you could use a home-cooked meal and some good catching up with those you love most.

2. Thinking about how much you packed and what you still have to unpack

If you're anything like me, you waited until the last second to pack and probably went out the night before. You are delirious, and even the littlest tasks seem oh so daunting.

3. Realizing you aren't the slightest bit independent when you're living under someone else's roof again

Not your house or your rules, but you made the choice to come home for another summer. Still satisfied with that decision?

4. Missing your friends from school day in and day out

When you have $2 in your account, it makes it a little difficult to buy plane tickets to see all of your friends from school.

And finally, at some point or another, you do realize that you have to make money to support your expensive taste and lack of self control when out on the town. (I know I'm not the only one who starts buying other people drinks past a certain hour.)

The least we can do is make the most of summers back home. Come August, we will all be missing the meals made by mom and sheets that we didn't have to wash ourselves. (Seriously, the only reason I don't want to go back to school yet is the thought of having to put a fitted sheet on my bed alone again.)

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