Get Set For a Fresh Start: Great Self-Help Reads of 2022

Self-help books  can inspire positive change in different aspects of readers’ lives. These books can offer a new perspective and ways to explore habit building, emotional or personality growth, or gain a deeper understanding of the world.   

Here are some popular and noteworthy books in that category from 2022, that can help you get in a fresh start in the New Year, and are available to borrow from the Library’s collection.

(Note: All descriptions are taken from the publishers)

The Book Of Boundaries : Set The Limits That Will Set You Free by Melissa Urban

Urban knows firsthand that boundaries-a few carefully selected words, spoken with kindness and from a place of self-care-are all that stand between you and feelings of ease and freedom. She shows how establishing boundaries is the key to better mental health and self-confidence, improved productivity, greater energy, and more fulfilling relationships. 

Breaking The Age Code : How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long & Well You Live by Becca Levy

A leading expert on the psychology of aging discusses how our individual beliefs about aging can have a profound effect on our life expectancy and offers stunning new revelations about the mind-body connection.

Do Hard Things : Why We Get Resilience Wrong And The Surprising Science Of Real Toughness by Steve Magness

From beloved performance expert, journalist, and co-author of Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox comes a science-based new definition of toughness-one that focuses on assessing a challenge on a physiological and psychological level rather than fear-based bulldozing-that has radical, holistic implications for any reader.

Don’t Trust Your Gut : Using Data To Get What You Really Want In Life by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

You know less than you think you do – about what makes you healthy, what makes you rich, who you should date, where you should live. You know less than you think you do about how to raise your children, or, for that matter, whether you should have children in the first place. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz showed how big data is revolutionising the social sciences. He shows how big data can help us find answers to some of the most important questions we face – and how these answers can radically improve our lives.

Happier Hour : How To Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, And Focus On What Matters Most by Cassie Mogliner Holmes (also available as an ebook and e-audiobook)

How do we optimally spend our time so that we feel satisfied in the day-to-day and with life overall? With clear, actionable advice from how to be confident in choosing how to spend your time, to how to sidestep distractions and be present, this book gives you all the tools you need to feel time rich and confidently design your schedule as a beautiful and colorful mosaic with you as the artist. 

Healing From Toxic Relationships : 10 Essential Steps To Recover From Gaslighting, Narcissism, And Emotional Abuse by Stephanie Sarkis

Surviving and escaping a toxic or abusive relationship can often only be part of the struggle. Long after, survivors often struggle to heal; your self‑esteem may be damaged, you may feel rage and betrayal, and you may punish and/or blame yourself.  Highlighting ten essential steps, Dr. Sarkis provides survivors with an accessible framework that can be applied to anyone preparing to heal.

How Are You, Really? : Living Your Truth One Answer At A Time by Jenna Kutcher

The host of the wildly popular Goal Digger podcast looks at how to reevaluate perspectives about what work is for, what work/life balance really means, and how a person wants to spend time on the planet.

Humble : Free Yourself From The Traps Of A Narcissistic World by Daryl Van Tongeren

A practical and philosophical deep dive into humility: how it can build confidence, foster honesty about our strengths and limitations, and help us achieve success.

The Light We Give : How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life by Simran Jeet Singh

As a boy growing up in South Texas, Simran Jeet Singh and his brothers confronted racism daily. Instead of giving in to negativity, he delved into the Sikh teachings he grew up with and embraced the lessons to seek the good in every person and situation and to find positive ways to direct his energy. Part memoir, part spiritual journey, this book offers an approach to a happier, more fulfilling life through Sikh teachings on love and service.

Mindreader : Find Out What People Really Think, What They Really Want, And Who They Really Are by David J. Lieberman

Drawing on the latest research in psycholinguistics-the vital cues embedded in spoken and written speech patterns–Mindreader delivers proven, cutting-edge methods useful for countless real life applications, including: Learning to detect the messaging behind passive and indirect language, personal or impersonal descriptions, and the levels of detail someone is willing to share. Quickly determining whether someone’s account of any incident or experience is the absolute truth or a work of complete fiction. Finding out whether a potential hire, a blind date, or the new babysitter is trustworthy or hiding something.

Speak : Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, And Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be by Tunde Oyeneyin

The Peloton instructor, fitness star, and founder of Speak shares her transformative personal journey, during which she learned lessons about loss, love, body image, and self-confidence, offering an accessible blueprint for anyone looking to make a positive in their lives.

Surrounded By Narcissists : How To Effectively Recognize, Avoid, And Defend Yourself Against Toxic People (And Not Lose Your Mind) by Thomas Erikson

In this thought-provoking, sanity-saving book, Erikson helps you understand what makes narcissists tick and, crucially, how to handle them without wearing yourself out in the process. With the help of the simple, four-color behavioral model made famous in Surrounded by Idiots, Erikson provides all the tools you need to manage not just the narcissists around you but everyday narcissistic behaviors as well -something that is becoming more widespread in the age of social media. 

Think Like A Horse : Lessons In Life, Leadership, And Empathy From An Unconventional Cowboy by Grant Golliher

Veteran “horse whisperer” and leadership expert Golliher applies his hard-won horse sense to teach invaluable lessons anyone can use to live a fuller, more successful life.  Through training thousands of horses, many traumatized or abused, Golliher was able to learn essential lessons about communication, boundaries, fairness, trust, and respect–lessons that apply not just to horses but to humans as well.  

The 12 Hour Walk : Invest One Day, Conquer Your Mind, And Unlock Your Best Life by Colin O’Brady

Featuring life lessons from explorer, endurance athlete, and entrepreneur Colin O’Brady–whose adventures in such extreme places as Antarctica and the perilous Drake Passage and on the peaks of Mount Everest and K2 have seen him establish ten world records–this book’s vivid narrative and powerful insight will show you how you can embark on your own life-changing journey. By walking alone, unplugging, listening to the voice within, and rewriting the limiting beliefs etched into your psyche, you can break free of the patterns holding you back and learn how to cultivate a “Possible Mindset”–an empowered way of thinking that unlocks a life of limitless possibilities.

Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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