Revolutionize Your Resolution

Revolutionize Your Resolution

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Last year 22% of Americans abandoned their New Year’s resolutions within a week of making them. Here at Zola we have faith in our readers and this is your year! We’ve compiled four of the most common New Year’s resolutions and paired them with books that can help you fulfill them in both classic and unexpected ways.


EAT BETTER

Conventional Route Unconventional Route
Savor Eat This Not That
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
Thich Nhat Hanh
Eat This Not That
David Zinczenko
Thich Nhat Hanh has authored over 40 books that introduce Zen principles to the daily lives of Western audiences. In Savor, he argues mindfulness can transform our dietary habits, improve our health, and help us enjoy food more. If you’re looking for less of a major lifestyle change and more of a healthy step forward, Zinczenko’s annual Eat This Not That can show you how to side-step calories while stepping into Baskin Robbins. With its simple approach and inclusion of familiar brands, the book serves an important use: if we are about to splurge, then why not make an informed decision?

EXERCISE MORE

Conventional Route Unconventional Route
Born to Run Reality is Broken
Born to Run
Christopher McDougall
Reality is Broken
Jane McGonigal
McDougall proposes the only evolutionary advantage humans have over other species is their ability to sweat — which in turn lets people run…really far. Born to Run’s critical reception inspired a wave of new marathoners and a frenzy for barefoot running. Marathoner or not, the book offers enough motivation to help anyone tap into their inner athlete and outperform expectations. If running around Central Park sans shoes is not for you (or your feet), then there is another way to improve your life: play video games. Yes, in surprising ways sitting on your couch and taking aim online can enhance self-motivation, improve social skills, and possibly answer real-world problems. Your spouse might not like it, but you can always ask them how Savor is coming along.

READ MORE

Conventional Route Unconventional Route
Infinite Jest Journey
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Journey
Aaron Becker
With 1,079 pages and 338 endnotes (some of which have endnotes themselves) Infinite Jest is one behemoth of a book. Yet it is also one of our generation’s greatest. The New York Times called Wallace’s exploration of postmodern America “a masterpiece that’s also a monster,” and Time named it one of the “100 best English-language novels published since 1923.” Simple and compelling — Journey is a children’s books for all ages. Using only beautiful illustrations, author Aaron Becker tells a whimsical story of a young protagonist who overcomes rejection with the power of imagination. Its lack of text, however, in no way subtracts from the narrative; instead, the plot’s clarity and openness makes it an unforgettable experience worth several rereads (actually, if you reread it 27 times, then the page count will surpass Infinite Jest! But who’s keeping score?)

FIND A BETTER JOB

Conventional Route Unconventional Route
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Journey
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey
Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
Stephen Covey’s 1989 classic is still one of the most recognizable self-help books on the market. By adopting key habits, Covey argues, anyone can transform their professional careers, relationships, and life passions into genuine success stories. The key (and the first habit) is be proactive. Therefore your first goal is: get this book. Then again, if each rung on the corporate ladder costs an irreplaceable part of your soul, maybe quitting your job and starting an underground fight club is the answer. Or maybe not? Either way, Fight Club is an enjoyable read for anyone in need of a little corporate catharsis.

This article originally appeared on Zola Books.