At this time of year we are bombarded with ideas for self-improvement. You can’t avoid the constant reminder that the new year brings new opportunities to improve the old you. It’s New Year, new you, right? – new body, new face, new interests, new friends, new everything. If only it were true. Sadly, most of us are stuck with the same old body, face, interests and friends. Not that we can’t change; not that we don’t want to change. It’s just so hard to break away from that comfort zone we all inhabit – no matter how resolute we are.
We make our New Year’s resolutions with great sincerity and good intentions, but it’s easy to lose enthusiasm as daily life chugs on. Those resolutions from Monday may already be a distant memory. However, if you’ve holding fast and are determined to succeed, the library can help. Publishers know that the New Year brings an itch for change and release a multitude of books to motivate, inspire and transform us into our ideal selves. So, if you are determined to turn over a new leaf in 2018 – lose those pounds, start exercising, be nicer to your family and kinder to work colleagues, be more confident, spend less, save more, be happier – there’s a book for that and you can find it at the library. There are hundreds of self-help books in our collection to guide, support and motivate you toward whatever personal transformation you hope to achieve.
Want to shed weight, improve your looks and increase your self-esteem? Choose from an array of diet and exercise books. Manuel Villacorte offers advice on how to shed pounds, fight inflammation and feel great all year long in his book, Flat Belly 365. Mark Hyman promises that you’ll have sustained weight loss and vibrant good health in his book, The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook and David Lieberman tells you how to stay calm and in control in any conversation or situation in Never Get Angry Again.
Looking for ways to simply your life, reduce the stress and rid yourself of the clutter? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, offers advice on organizing your home and simplifying your life. For the ultimate guide to reducing stress, checkout Pico Iyer’s book, The Art of Stillness. In it he explores the value of staying put, tuning out and contemplating the quiet.
No matter what your resolutions for the New Year, January is the ideal time for a fresh start–a time to embrace change. You need only a library card to begin the journey to a new you. Don’t have a library card? That’s the resolution that should be at the top of your list. And it’s the one you’ll be sure to keep.