You know the drill, January 1 rolls around and we all vow to be a better version of ourselves…healthier, happier, smarter, more organized, less romantically challenged. But we often find ourselves slipping up and losing sight of New Year’s resolutions pretty quickly. If you want this year to be different, check out these six books to kick start your 2018 and keep you on track for the rest of the year.
1. If you vowed to eat healthier
Forget the fad diet and so-called cleanses and pick up Kathy Freston and Bruce Friedrich’s new book CLEAN PROTEIN. In a nation obsessed with protein, it turns out we have most of it all wrong. Health and wellness experts Kathy and Bruce cut through the noise and provide a no-nonsense guide to protein, including a complete, step-by-step plan to help you get lean, gain energy, and save our planet to boot.
2. If you want to be happier
For millennia, people have been asking themselves how to lead happier lives. Rolf Dobelli’s THE ART OF THE GOOD LIFE tackles that age-old question, providing fifty-two “happiness hacks” – including switching off technology, saying “no” more often, and avoiding trends –to optimize your happiness. By no means is there one clear-cut path to happiness but Rolf’s tips will certainly set you in the right direction.
3. If you resolved to get rid of the bullsh*t
A leading teacher of meditation and mindfulness, Fabrice Midal offers a life-changing solution to our fast-paced, oversaturated modern lives with his book THE FRENCH ART OF NOT GIVING A SH*T. It’s time we stop pushing ourselves, he urges, it’s time we stop beating ourselves up and torturing ourselves to try harder and be better. It’s time we just be. Midal encourages us to quit all of the things that don’t serve us, even if it’s meditation itself. Do as the French do and think c’est la vie!
4. If you promised to get your dating life in order
If you’re recovering from being asked why you’re still single over the holidays this year, or maybe every year, this guide is for you. Let Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses help give you a fighting chance of not dying alone with their hilarious guide THINGS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW ABOUT DATING, YOU F*CKING IDIOT! Ben and Laura walk through the basics such as “What Time to Get There” and “Don’t Be Drunk on the First Date” as well as more advanced situations like “Sleepovers” and “When to Tag Your Date on Social Media.” Here’s to an embarrassment-free dating life in 2018!
5. If you’re finally going to launch your startup
Celebrated professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne draw on decades of research in their new book BLUE OCEAN SHIFT, designed to help you move from crowded, competitive “red ocean” markets to creating whole new markets or “blue oceans.” This books offers a systematic five-step process designed to grow your business through creating your own competition-free market. Whether you have a budding startup or you’re a team member in an established organization, move your business to open waters and never worry about competition again.
6. If you aim to be more spiritual
Kamal Ravikant’s stunning book REBIRTH follows Amit after the death of his father along a month-long pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago in Spain. In the traditions of Paulo Coelho and Mitch Albom, Amit’s spiritual journey forces him to confront life’s biggest questions and offers poignant insight into forgiveness, reconciliation, coping with grief, and facing your fears.