Inspiration for the New Year

fieldguidetolies.jpgAnother fresh slate of 365 days has arrived. You may already have a few personal goals for this year in mind, but if you’re just looking for a little inspiration on how to improve upon your day-to-day life, try one of these books on for size:

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin – Outlines recommendations for critical thinking practices that meet the challenges of the digital age’s misinformation, demonstrating the role of science in information literacy while explaining the importance of skeptical reasoning in making decisions based on online information.

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel – Discusses whether willpower can be taught and offers strategies for improving and mastering self-control and applying it to everyday challenges like losing weight, quitting smoking, and overcoming heartbreak.

Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go Here by Mark Di Vincenzo – Suggests the best times of the day, week, month, and life to do a variety of things–from getting married to scheduling a surgery, from visiting Rome to walking one’s dog–in a resource that offers health and travel tips, money-saving ideas, and more.

Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott – Suggests quick habits that can instantly improve your life in addition to helping you create a simple routine (managed by a checklist) that you repeat on a daily basis, with tools that will keep you motivated and consistent.

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change by Timothy D. Wilson – A psychologist proposes techniques to tweak and reframe internal self-narratives to lead healthy, more productive lives and discusses the best way to recover from trauma and explains why self-help books may make you feel less happy after reading them.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You by Deepak Chopra – Explains how the body is a reflection of the mind, inviting readers to satisfy their desires in a life rich with joy and meaning, and guiding them step-by-step through their renewal process.

Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way by Sháá Wasmund – Offers advice on using time more effectively, including how to stop putting things off, nurture support networks, and schedule for value.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero – Offers a blunt and irreverent guide to achieving the money, relationships, career, and happiness that one desires through recognizing and doing away with self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.

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