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New Year, New You

Achieve your New Year's resolutions with this list of books about loving yourself, creating happiness, and building healthier habits.

The atlas of happiness : the global secrets of how to be happy by Helen Russell

A round the world trip through 33 international happiness concepts, from the bestselling author of The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell. Feeling terrified of that upcoming job interview? Take inspiration from the Icelanders and get some Þetta reddast, the unwavering belief that everything will work out in the end. Lost your way in life? Make like the Chinese and find your xingfu, or the thing that gives you real purpose. Too much on your plate? The Italians can help you learn the fine art of dolce far niente, aka the sweetness of doing nothing at all. - Overwhelmed by busyness and disconnected from nature? The Swedish have a solution - just find your smultronställe, or 'wild strawberry patch', your perfect escape from the rest of the world. From Australia to Wales, via Bhutan, Ireland, Finland, Turkey, Syria, Japan, and many more besides, The Atlas of Happiness uncovers the global secrets to happiness, and how they can change our lives.

Good habits, bad habits : the science of making positive changes that stick by Wendy Wood

People spend a shocking 43 percent of their day doing things without thinking about them. That means that almost half of their actions aren't conscious choices but the result of their non-conscious mind nudging their body to act along learned behaviors. How one responds to the people around them; the way they conduct themselves in a meeting; what they buy; when and how they exercise, eat, and drink, a remarkable number of things they do every day, regardless of their complexity, operate outside of their awareness. They do them automatically. They do them by habit. And yet, whenever they want to change something about themselves, they rely on willpower. People keep turning to their conscious selves, hoping that their determination and intention will be enough to effect positive change. And that is why almost all fail. But what if one could harness the extraordinary power of their unconscious mind, which already determines so much of what they do, to truly reach their goals?

Switch : how to change things when change is hard by Chip Heath

Offers insight into the difficult nature of lasting change, presenting metaphorical illustrations of the conflict between the instinctual and the intellectual areas of the brain while sharing case stories of successful individuals and organizations.

Hello, habits : a minimalist's guide to a better life by Fumio Sasaki

"The internationally best-selling author of Goodbye, Things shares insights and practices to help you become the best version of yourself. Fumio Sasaki changed his life when he became a minimalist. But before minimalism could really stick, he had to makeit a habit. All of us live our lives based on the habits we've formed, from when we get up in the morning, to what we eat and drink, to how likely we are to actually make it to the gym. In Hello, Habits, Sasaki explains how we can acquire the new habits that we want-and get rid of the ones that don't do us any good. Bringing together leading theories and tips from cognitive psychology, along with examples from his own life, he unravels common misperceptions about "willpower" and "talent," and offers a step-by-step guide to success. Ultimately, Sasaki shows how ordinary people like himself can use his principles of good habit-making to improve themselves and change their lives"--

Atomic habits : tiny changes, remarkable results : an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones by James Clear

James Clear, an expert on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. He draws on proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible.

Mindfulness : your step-by-step guide to a happier life by Tessa Watt

Mindfulness is the popular practice that helps to appreciate life, and to live with more joy and less stress. By bringing mindfulness into everyday actions, by listening to the body, becoming more aware of what's happening in the present moment, and letting go of negativity, it is possible to reduce stress and anxiety, focus better at work, find a personal source of calm, and discover genuine contentment. Mindfulness introduces new techniques with straightforward advice, case studies, and lots of practical exercises for newcomers to get their teeth into right away. It also gives a sense of the depth of mindfulness practice for those who wish to take it further

The happiness project : or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun by Gretchen Rubin

A thoughtful and prescriptive work on happiness filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor

Outer order, inner calm : declutter and organize to make more room for happiness by Gretchen Rubin

"With clarity and humor, bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin illuminates one of her key realizations about happiness: For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. And for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. In this easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down book, Gretchen Rubin suggests more than 150 short, concrete clutter-clearing ideas so each reader can choose the ones that resonate most. The fact is, when we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we're far more likely to be able to create the order that will make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or crowded coat closetis a trivial problem--yet Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. By getting rid of things we don't use, don't need, or don't love, as well as things that don't work, don't fit, or don't suit,we free our mind (and our shelves) for what we truly value. In this trim book filled with insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order, by explaining how to "Make Choices," "Create Order," "Know Yourself--and Others," "Cultivate Helpful Habits," and, of course, "Add Beauty." At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control we feel both calmer and more energetic. With a sense of fun, and also a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment--one that helps us to create the lives we yearn for"--

Happy not perfect : upgrade your mind, challenge your thoughts, and free yourself from anxiety by Poppy Jamie

The author recounts her struggles with perfectionism and anxiety and shares the self-help techniques she acquired through working with mental health experts

Single. On purpose : redefine everything : find yourself first by John (Psychologist) author Kim

There's more to life than loving someone. But being single can feel like a death sentence. Why does being alone = being lonely? And why do we stop working on ourselves when we're in a relationship? After a painful divorce, "The Angry Therapist" John Kim realized he never truly been on his own. He went on a journey to rebuild his relationship with himself, going from alone and disconnected to alone and fulfilled. Kim has gone on to help thousands of clients find their own unique way to break free of expectations and finally live their truth. Spending time to cultivate your relationship with yourself shouldn't be something you only do when you hit rock bottom, go through a major loss, or have a quarter-life crisis. All of us, at some point, need to be single--on purpose

Be a work in progress : and other things I'd like to tell my younger self by John Cena

"From the beloved entertainer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and motivational tweeter comes a beautifully illustrated book of uplifting quotes adapted from his popular Twitter feed. "Be brave enough to embrace humility. The reward will be confidence." In Be a Work in Progress, John Cena encourages readers to be bold, brave, and open-minded, to embrace discomfort, and to make the most of opportunities. Heartfelt and hopeful, this book is the pick-me-up readers will turn to again and again to reap the benefit of his values"--

How to change : the science of getting from where you are to where you want to be by Katherine L Milkman

"Award-winning Wharton Professor and Choiceology podcast host Katy Milkman has devoted her career to the study of behavior change. In this ground-breaking book, Milkman reveals a proven path that can take you from where you are to where you want to be, with a foreword from psychologist Angela Duckworth, the best-selling author of Grit. Whether you're a manager, coach, or teacher aiming to help others change for the better or are struggling to kick-start change yourself, How to Change offers an invaluable, science-based blueprint for achieving your goals, once and for all"--

The plus : self-help for people who hate self-help by Greg Gutfeld

"From New York Times bestselling author Greg Gutfeld comes a self-help book for those who don't believe in self-help, advising readers with his trademark humor and skepticism how to command ourselves to make positive decisions"--

Beginners : the joy and transformative power of lifelong learning by Tom Vanderbilt

"The best-selling author of Traffic and You May Also Like now gives us a thought-provoking, playful investigation into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age"--

Think again : the power of knowing what you don't know by Adam M Grant

"The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home. The difficulty of rethinking our assumptions is surprisingly common--maybe even fundamentally human. Our ways of thinking become habits that we don't bother to question, and mental laziness leads us to prefer the ease of old routines to the difficulty of new ones. We fail to update the beliefs we formed in the past for the challenges we face in the present. But in a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking. Think Again is a book about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to one identity but constantly willing to rethink their stances, that leaders who admit they don't know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams, and that our greatest presidents have been open to updating their views. The new science of intellectual humility shows that as a mindset and a skillset, rethinking can be taught, and Grant explains how to develop the necessary qualities. The first section of the book explores why we struggle to think again and how we can improve individually, and argues that such engines of success as "grit" can actually be counterproductive; the second section discusses how we canhelp others think again through the skill of "argument literacy"; and the third looks at how institutions like schools, business, and governments fall short in building cultures that encourage rethinking. In the end, it's intellectual humility that makesit possible for us to stop denying our weaknesses so that we can start improving ourselves"--

Beyond beautiful : a practical guide to being happy, confident, and you in a looks-obsessed world by Anuschka Rees

"A prescriptive, empowering, and psychology-driven guide to building confidence in your body, clothes, beauty, and life in the era of toxic social media-driven beauty standards. Between picture-perfect Instagram celebrities, ultra-lean fitness gurus, andeffortlessly chic fashion influencers, it's getting harder and harder to feel good about the way we look. Despite the growing movement toward female empowerment and body positivity, the pressure for women to conform to beauty standards is higher than ever, and the culture of social media has raised the bar. But it's not too late to break the looks-obsessed cycle and live a happy, confident, authentic life. Beyond Beautiful is a no-fuss, psychology-backed guide to help women develop a healthy attitude toward their bodies, looks, clothing, health, and aging. Filled with proven strategies for proactive self-care, this stylish and essential guide provides sage answers to tricky questions like: * Why do I hate the way I look in pictures? * How can I stop comparing myself to all those beautiful people on social media? * Would I be happier if I lost weight? * Why is everyone else so stylish? Illustrated with full-color spot art, Beyond Beautiful is a much-needed breath of fresh air that will enhance your confidence and joy, and help you live your best life"--

The joy of missing out : live more by doing less by Tonya Dalton

Recipes for self-love : how to feel good in a patriarchal world by Alison Rachel

"Based on her popular Instagram feed of the same name (144k followers and counting), Recipes for Self-Love is a book by Amsterdam-based artist Alison Rachel of empowering images of and for women, and accompanying mediations on feminism, self-care, boundaries, intersectionality, sexuality, anxiety, ritual, beauty, individuality, and self-expression."--Amazon.com

Body positive : a guide to loving your body by Emily Lauren Dick

What does it mean to be beautiful? How can a girl embrace and develop her individuality and unique qualities when the world is constantly comparing her to the plastic perfection of Barbie? Real Happy: A Guide to Loving Your Body is the number one resource for young girls who desire to redefine and understand true beauty. Focusing on correct body image, self-improvement, thinspiration, mental health, bullying, sexual harassment, and more, Real Happy is packed with introspective questions and inspiring, untouched photographs that display the bodies of real, everyday women, Real Happy is a helpful, informative and inspirational guide that will help any girl transcend society's standards

Radical compassion : learning to love yourself and your world with the practice of RAIN by Tara Brach

Happiness is an inside job : practicing for a joyful life by Sylvia Boorstein

A Buddhist teacher shares her secret to happiness, explaining how the three parts of the Buddhist path--mindfulness, concentration, and effort--can draw us out of the confusion and struggle of daily life.

Empowered boundaries : speaking truth, setting boundaries, and inspiring social change by Cristien (Counselor) Storm

"An invaluable resource on boundary-setting practices for anyone looking to challenge our default social conditioning and create empowered relationships and communities. As there have been increases in violence against women, people of color, immigrants,and LGBTQI-identified people, there has been a corresponding demand for individual and community self-defense, boundary setting, and bystander trainings that are grounded in an understanding of the complexities and intersections of power and privilege. Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are reporting that the current political moment is bringing up past trauma as well as emboldening attitudes of toxic masculinity and hetero-patriarchy, alongside an increase in incidents of violence and abuse. Boundary setting that is grounded in an understanding of gender-based oppression, violence, and liberation is necessary. Explaining power and privilege and the links between individual safety and community safety, Cristien Storm shows how to set emotional boundaries that build a better world. Storm has developed boundary setting curricula grounded in resiliency and trauma-informed theories, and the book provides skills and exercises, such as Naming the Behavior, the Broken Record, Freeze Framing, theReflective Loop, and Trusting Intuition, as well as examples from workshop participants. Building vibrant social movements means understanding the links between individual safety and community safety. Boundary setting can be used, not just as a means forpersonal safety, but as form of solidarity, resistance, and inspiration for the future we keep fighting for"--

Happiness becomes you : a guide to changing your life for good by Tina Turner

The iconic performing artist provides spiritual tools and advice for self-empowerment and fulfillment while examining the role of her enduring Buddhist faith in helping her overcome poverty, loss, and other personal and professional obstacles

Tiny habits : + the small changes that change everything by B Fogg

"The world's leading expert on habit formation shows how you can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small"--
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