These Books Will Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
Looking for a surefire way to achieve your New Year's resolutions? Start with a book! We've got the perfect books for popular self-improvement goals, from quitting smoking and running a marathon to finding love and getting along better with your family. Begin your "New Year, New You" journey with these great reads.
"Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking" has been the bible on quitting since it was published almost 30 years ago. Pick up the book that has helped millions of ex-smokers kick the habit without the anguish.
Admit it: Even on your strictest diet, you cheat a little bit, right? Unfortunately, after you've strayed from the path, it can be tough to stay motivated and stick to your plan. Don’t despair: "The Biggest Loser" weight-loss guru Dolvett Quince has come up with a diet that will keep you motivated--without feeling deprived.
For extra inspiration: "The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life," by Tory Johnson
How's that bank account looking at the start of the year? OK, after you've recovered from your faint, check out Clark Howard's guide to meeting your long-term financial goals without living on rice and canned beans. It's not as scary as you think.
Get a job you love
Are you stuck in a job you don't love? Even if you dream about getting out, how can you be sure that quitting is a smart move? Josh Shipp helps you see the big picture and strategize about when and how to go after the job that's right for you.
For extra inspiration: "The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found," by Don J. Snyder
Run a marathon
Do you keep telling yourself, "Someday, I'll run a marathon," but never do it? The best way to get it done is to hit the running path with steady goals in mind. Running expert Hal Higdon has a training plan for you, whether you're a beginner or a longtime runner trying to beat your best time.
Get along better with family
Family is family, but jeez, they can be aggravating, can't they? Instead of saying something you'll regret--or stewing over past insults--check out Andra Medea's "Going Home Without Going Crazy" to help you cope with the complicated realities of family.
Spend less time online
Irony alert: Yes, we are telling you, in this online article, to shut down your Internet browser. It's equally ironic that the latest "turn off the computer” guru is the sister and former employee of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In "Dot Complicated," Randi Zuckerberg has advice for moderating your online habits--without holing up in a cave.
For extra inspiration: "The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale," by Susan Maushart
Until scientists find a way to create more hours in the day, we're stuck with that narrow 24-hour window in which to get everything done--and it can be Stress City. The key to managing stress, says Laura Vanderkam, is managing your time. In "168 Hours," she helps you figure out how to get the most out of your week while staying sane.
Get out of town
Eager to travel but no clue where to go? You're bound to find someplace great in this gigantic volume of places to see from the travel gurus at Lonely Planet.
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