After the champagne haze clears from your brain, you have vowed to make 2016 your year. This is the year to (really) get in shape, eat healthier, and move forward in your professional life. But although you have the gym membership, meal plans, and have updated your résumé, you can’t forget the most important tool: your mind.
We’ve gathered the books that are guaranteed to inspire you and get you on track toward a happier and more successful you in the new year. These e-books could change your life. So bring it on, 2016.
The Art of Being, by Erich Fromm
Although the digital age has allowed access to insurmountable resources and made our life easier, it has also led to our disconnect from the real world. Fromm draws from sources as varied as Sigmund Freud, Buddha, and Karl Marx to find a new, centered path to self-knowledge and well-being. In order to truly live, Fromm argues, we must first understand our purpose, and the places where we lost it.
The Power of Positive Living, by Norman Vincent Peale
From one of the leading names in self-help literature, the power of positive thinking is put into practice. Peale demonstrates how to use these techniques to conquer the fears that may be holding you back from realizing your true potential in life. Self-confidence is the key and this book shows us how through patience and perseverance, any believer can be an achiever!
Happy 95% of the Time, by Walter D. Staples
Staples presents powerful ideas on how to transcend an ego-based state of consciousness to achieve infinite joy. He explains how our attachment to our egos can only create dysfunction and suffering in our lives, resulting in despair. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, practical spirituality, and mindfulness meditation, we can overcome low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, and depression, to finally reach a calm the mind.
Within, by Dr. Habib Sadeghi
The often missing link in the road towards weight loss is self-love. By harnessing this feeling, Sadeghi posits that you have far more control over your weight than you ever realized. More than an ethereal concept, this book provides a compassionately based and scientifically sound approach to weight loss. In one simple step, you can create changes in your life that are miraculous.
Revolution from Within, by Gloria Steinem
In order to truly change society, Steinem theorizes that both external and internal change must work together in a seamless circle of cause and effect. But few books exist on this subject, mostly supposing that external political change will cure everything or that internal change will. The result of this collection of personal stories and revolutionary guide ended up transforming Steinem as well as the peers in her community.
5 Minutes to Stress Relief, by Lauren E. Miller
When we give in to stress, we hinder our abilities to maintain inner calm, clarity of focus, and a motivated response to all of life. To battle this silent killer, Miller pinpoints the three main fuels of stress: worry, fear, and doubt, and equips you with quick tools for relief. By accessing personal excellence in your thought life and activating your natural state, you will be able to easily navigate stressful situations.
The Art of Zen Meditation, by Howard Fast
After turning away from communism in 1956, bestselling author Howard Fast began to practice Zen meditation to reconcile his chaotic life. What resulted was this brief and instructive history of Zen Buddhism and its tenets. Written in the simplicity of the philosophy itself, Fast mixes in classic advice with new ideas on how to reach perfect Zen in both body and mind.