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Five Inspiring Books To Help You Start The Year Off Right

Tuesday 01/January/2019 - 08:44 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh
The New Year is almost here – which means it's time to turn a new leaf، forbes reported.

Whether you want to kickstart 2019 with plans to reinvent yourself، find inner peace or move your career forward، these motivating reads will help you achieve your goals:

Why Not Me?

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling: Why Not Me? is the second memoir penned by The Mindy Project creator and star، Mindy Kaling. The actor explores several pertinent issues in the book، including body image، being a woman of color، redeeming your self-confidence in the age of Internet trolls، handling professional big breaks and setbacks and the perks (you get to meet Obama، she points out) and limitations of being famous. Each essay is insightful and deeply personal، written in Kaling's trademark witty and humorous style. She urges the readers to reclaim their confidence by learning to accept themselves and "feeling entitled". Kaling points out that if she can become a Hollywood leading lady without succumbing to social conventions and compromising her beliefs، you too can break the barriers and accomplish your goals. By the time you finish reading the book، you'll be asking yourself، "if she can، why not me?"

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

A Mindless Guide For The Frazzled by Ruby Wax: If you're looking for straightforward، actionable advice on decluttering your life and learning to live in the moment، Ruby Wax's A Mindless Guide For The Frazzled is the perfect book for you. "Picture your mind as a bottle of clear water with sand at the bottom. When it’s agitated by thoughts or feelings، it’s as if you’ve shaken the bottle: the sand disperses and the water is now murky،" Wax writes. "When you hold the bottle still، the sand settles، just as your mind settles when you watch thoughts rather than reacting to them. As I said، you can’t think your way out of an emotional problem... You have to accept that you can’t stop the thoughts، but you can stop what happens next،" she explains. The book examines the history of stress، what makes it a man-made problem and how we can learn to de-stress and become happier with the help of mindfulness.

Law of Success

Law of Success by Napoleon Hill: Napolean Hill's Law of Success is one of those books that everyone should read no matter who or where they are in life. The book outlines sixteen invaluable lessons on achieving happiness and success in life. Hill offers practical advice on everything from finding your purpose in life، staying focused، practicing self-control and coping with failure to understanding the importance of imagination، tolerance، cooperation and saving. Fair warning، the book is humongous (over 1000 pages long)، but the knowledge it imparts is well worth the time and effort.

The Myths of Happiness

The Myths Of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky: If you're going to read only one book the next year، let it be this one. Sonja Lyubomirsky's The Myths of Happiness is an informative، refreshing read that debunks the myths of happiness perpetuated by the society – that marriage، parenthood، financial prosperity، etc. are prerequisites for a happy life. The author investigates how such culturally imposed expectations make it difficult for people to cope with the realities of adulthood. Lyubomirsky argues that personal setbacks like divorce، bankruptcy and job loss can be used to promote self-development. She offers practical advice on how to prevent rumination، cope with adversities and make the most of a given opportunity to “reach and exceed [one's] happiness potentials.” The book is divided in three sections - each one tackling with issues pertaining to personal relationships، career and finance and mid-life crisis and old age، respectively. Her musings are insightful and pragmatic. The amount of scientific research incorporated in the book makes it even more credible.

How to Be Idle

How To Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson: Do you love to work، like، all the time? Do you find yourself constantly juggling with multiple responsibilities? Then this book is just what you need. Written by the Founding Editor of the British bi-monthly magazine، The Idler، How To Be Idle is a gentle reminder of how important it is to take a break and unwind every once in a while in order to lead a more fulfilling life. Hodgkinson argues that present-day jobs are the underlying reason behind an array of modern life problems that we face – think stress، burnout، exploitation، etc. The author urges the reader to hit the pause button and sit back – to reflect، go for a stroll، go fishing or simply look around and appreciate the things you have. This state of being idle، Hodgkinson points out، is crucial for our inner peace and overall mental wellbeing. To make his arguments even more compelling، the author draws on writings of various literary giants، including GK Chesterton، Oscar Wilde and Robert Louis Stevenson.
And if you're looking for more similar suggestions، check out Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy، Flaming Iguanas by Erika Lopez، Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson and Oprah Winfrey's The Wisdom on Sundays.

Now grab a mug of hot chocolate and your coziest blanket، it's time to snuggle up with a book!

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