As you try to come to terms with the current state of the world and the direction it's going in, you may find your heart becoming heavy, as you take a step back to evaluate and understand how we got here. You may even feel like wrapping yourself up in the heaviest knit blanket you can find and falling into a deep slumber until things get better. I get it. I really do.
But denial has never been the best coping mechanism. Instead, a better approach may be to find solace in the fact that there are good people in the world, performing little acts of kindness in their everyday lives. Acts that turn into ripples, which then transform into big waves of decency, restoring our faith in humanity.
When times get tough, these five books celebrating the human spirit can help serve as small reminders of the tenacity of the human spirit, especially during dark times.
An incredible story of human perseverance, Life of Pi tells the story of a young boy who becomes an orphan at sea with only a tiger as his companion. Martel's fantastic tale of survival, the human psyche and Pi's spirit will stay with you long after you've read this classic book.
Hannah's amazing story of the resiliency of women is set in France, before and during the Nazi infiltration of WWII. Two sisters separated by their differences must fight for freedom and love as they try to survive in war-torn France. Named Goodreads' Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and People's Choice award for Best Fiction in the same year, The Nightingale will take on a sweeping, breathtaking, journey.
By now, we all know of Malala's courageous stance on women's rights in Pakistan. Not only has she survived a gunshot to the head, but she continues to support and advocate for women and children's rights to education. Malala's strength and courage have inspired millions. Learn more about Malala's story and her fight for education and equality here.
Hilldenbrand's vivid narratives bring you right into the heart of the action, telling the story of Louis Zamperini, the war hero and Olympic athlete who survived extraordinary circumstances during WWII. This biography will leave you speechless as you discover and learn about Zamperini's courage.
If I Stay will show you the beauty that is held in a single life and teach you to wake up feeling grateful every morning. Forman perfectly encapsulates society's questions about life, as well as the everyday uncertainties that come along with it and its worth.
What is your favorite uplifting read? Let us know in the comments below!