Happy New Year! Reads for a Fresh Start

The New Year can be a great time for self-reinvention!

It can offer a clean slate for picking up a good habit, letting go of a bad one, improving an existing skill, or learning a new one.

No matter your goals and resolutions for this year, reading inspiring books and ebooks  can help you set the right attitudes and intentions. Here are some books that would be great to usher in a New Year filled with positivity, good humor, achievement and wellbeing.

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

A leading expert on habit formation reveals practical strategies to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

Eat that Frog! : 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day.shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core of what is vital to effective time management is: decision, discipline, and determination.  two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

From the host of the award-winning MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast, an indispensable handbook for becoming the creative force of your own life. Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how.   It’s a philosophy of relentless optimism. A mindset. A mantra. A conviction.

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.

Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life by Jason Selk & Tom Bartow

Two of the top minds in human performance come together to deliver the pathway to extreme success. Doing more is not the answer and Selk and Bartow walk you through how to achieve more by doing less. There is a huge difference between knowing something and understanding. There is an even wider gap between understanding and doing. Highly successful people never get it all finished in any given day; however, they always get the most important things completed. 

Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex by Aubrey Marcus

From workouts and diet to inbox triage, mindfulness, shower temperature, and sex, this ground-breaking manual provides simple strategies for each element of your day. Drawing from the latest studies and traditional practices from around the world, it delivers an optimization philosophy, including cutting-edge life-hacking tips, nutritional expertise, brain upgrades, and fitness regiments.

This is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World–and Me by Marisa Meltzer

Reading this emotional exploration of weight and weight loss—it might just help you figure out the best path to acceptance for you and your body. Written by a woman who has struggled with her weight since childhood, it follows her own journey and chronicles the life of Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, drawing plenty of parallels between each woman’s weight loss struggle. Funny and genuine, this book will have you thinking about much more than a number on a scale.

This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live by Every Day by Hoda Kotb

In this all-new collection of beloved quotes, This Just Speaks to Me, #1 New York Times bestselling author Hoda Kotb offers inspiration, wisdom, and hope 365 days a year.

She writes about the people and moments that have enriched her life, discussing everything from motherhood and friendship to love and loss. The book also celebrates the countless acts of kindness that unfolded during these uniquely challenging times. 

Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases by Dean Ornish, M.D. & Anne Ornish

Dean Ornish, M.D., has directed revolutionary research proving, for the first time, that lifestyle changes can often reverse—undo!—the progression of many of the most common and costly chronic diseases and even begin reversing aging at a cellular level.

With seventy recipes, easy-to-follow meal plans, tips for stocking your kitchen and eating out, recommended exercises, stress-reduction advice, and inspiring patient stories of life-transforming benefit, Undo It! empowers readers with new hope and new choices.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success by Al Roker

Today co anchor Al Roker presents an entertaining guide to achieving a life of happiness and success through the power of “yes!” Al teaches us how we can weather the storm of life, no matter how torrential the downpour, and shares anecdotes from his own treasure trove of memories in the spotlight. 

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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