Can you believe it…..We are just a few short weeks away from a brand New Year. Who's with me in cheering I CAN’T WAIT to say goodbye to 2016! The wonderful thing about a new year is that it can mean new beginnings and a much needed refresh after the challenges of the year just passed.
One of the keys to approaching a New Year with happiness and positivity is to not drag any negativity from 2016 with you into 2017. It’s called ‘letting go’.
The following books are great for learning to let go and for encouraging a positive mindset. I have found each of them to be beneficial in their own unique way when it comes to contemplating health, happiness and the process of letting go.
1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book shows the reader how they unconsciously cause unhappiness for themselves by imposing limits on their own potential. Ruiz explains how we can all live by a code which will allow us to experience genuine happiness, freedom and love.
Within the book, Ruiz explores four core agreements. These are to always do your best, not to make assumptions, not to take anything personally and to be impeccable with your words.
This book will show you how to leave your worries and fears in the year just passed and move forwards with a clean slate.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, £8.39, Amazon
2. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
This insightful book is the perfect tool for building healthy habits and breaking the patterns of bad behaviour that may have hindered your happiness in 2016.
If you are someone who struggles to understand why you can’t commit to doing the things that you know are good for you, or can’t stop doing the things you know are bad, then this book will guide you towards your truth.
One of the most admirable things about this book is how Rubin frequently uses her own experiences to demonstrate her points. She opens up to the reader about her life experiences in order to encourage them to invite the positivity in that they need to make the changes they crave.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, £8.99, Amazon
3. Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind by Henry Grayson
Within the inspirational pages of this book, psychologist Henry Grayson explores why we continue to do things that we know are bad for us. He discusses the reasons that we respond to certain situations in ways that are of detriment to our happiness in the long term, and what we can do to replace these automatic responses with conscious ones that serve us well.
If you want 2017 to be the year for genuine, long lasting change then this book is it! With the practical exercises provided and concise explanations of how to move forwards with your constant journey of self-discovery, you will soon be re-adjusting your thinking for a fresh start to the New Year.
Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind by Henry Grayson, £13.75, Amazon
4. The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Getting rid of the clutter in your home will help you to get rid of the clutter in your mind as we all embark upon a New Year. A lack of organisation in the home can be stressful, whereas being on top of this organisation can give you a sense of control and clarity.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo teaches us that the things in our homes should bring us joy - not cause us stress! Kondo shows us how to let go of the items that aren’t of any benefit, and the best ways to keep the things that are necessary.
With her advice, even the most chaotic among us can declutter our homes to declutter our minds and embark upon a peaceful New Year.
The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, £7.69, Amazon
5. The Journey Called You: A Roadmap to Self-Discovery and Self-Acceptance by Julie Fuimano
This book has been helping people find their way in life for over a decade, and I still find fresh wisdom in it every time I pick it up. It teaches you in a very encouraging way to truly discover the essence of your character in order to enjoy the uniqueness of you. This is a great concept to ponder on as we approach the fresh start of 2017.
With her words, Fuimano empowers others by sharing her own experiences in her own search for truth. She demonstrates how it is possible for anyone to tap into their personal power in order to create happier, more fulfilled lives for themselves. When this happens, it becomes much simpler to live with compassion and a greater respect for everything that life is.
The Journey Called You: A Roadmap to Self-Discovery and Self-Acceptance by Julie Fuimano, £26.80, Amazon
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