The new year has officially begun, which means that self-improvement starts today, right now! That’s where it gets tricky — putting all your lofty ambitions in action. Endeavoring to eliminate kettle cooked potato chips from your diet is hard, especially when your office manager keeps them fully stocked at all times. But at least you know what you generally need to do to make it happen: come to work early and set the chip cupboard on fire. But what if you’re aspiring for a bigger, trickier change? You might need to stop being hung up on that guy that you’ve been obsessing about for the last eight years or figure out why you’re so ashamed that you apologize every time you sneeze. What does this kind of self-improvement entail? Sometimes the first step is research. These books will help you dip a toe into the unique and complex issues you’re hoping to dive headfirst into this year. Godspeed!
Issue: You went through with the breakup, you just can’t seem to get the whole “rising above it” part down.
Read this: The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Issue: You spend 12 hours a day sorting through pointless emails, your back has molded into the shape of your office chair, and you have forgotten what your husband looks like.
Read this: The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Issue: When someone cuts in front of you in the line at the grocery store, you apologize for being in the way.
Read this: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Issue: You’ve never recovered from letting your parents down at the 3rd grade talent show when your backup cassette tape broke and you had to sing a Whitney Houston song a capella — and your voice cracked.
Read this: The Drama Of The Gifted Child by Alice Miller
Issue: Your sweet, sensitive nature has turned you into a disillusioned door mat. If you don’t learn to gently say “no” soon, you’re going to be screaming “FUCK NO!” before long.
Read this: Assertiveness For Earth Angels by Doreen Virtue
Issue: You’re sick of waiting tables while your unfinished screenplay languishes on your hard drive. You need inspiration, like, now.
Read this: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Issue: Your inner monologue is starting to sound like a Bill O’Reilly rant — loud, angry, hopelessly negative — but you don’t know how to change the channel.
Read this: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Issue: You’re so dissatisfied with your life that you’re considering selling all your stuff and retreating into the woods, even though you hate camping and are afraid of bears.
Read this: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Issue: You’ve been hung up on the same guy for the last eight years and your best friend has finally banned you from talking about him once and for all.
Read this: Love’s Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom
Issue: You have a nagging feeling that a violent death in your past life is keeping you from pursuing your dream of opening a cupcake shop.
Read this: Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
Issue: The mere sight of your mother’s number popping up on your cellphone makes you break out in stress hives.
Read This: I Am My Mother’s Daughter by Iris Krasnow
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