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New Year, New You

As the new year begins, many of us think about ways we can change or improve our lives. Whether you are looking to improve your time management skills, change your diet, make your home cozier or shift your perspective on what matters most, you are likely to find a book on this list to get you started. 

Four Thousand Weeks : Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
A lively philosophical guide to time and time management, setting aside superficial efficiency solutions in favor of reckoning with and finding joy in the finitude of human life.

Inciting Joy : Essays by Ross Gay
A collection of long-form essays on joy, in which the author turns his curious and poetic mind to everything from skateboarding and cover songs, basketball and race, dancing and academia, death and laughter, and, always, the garden and the natural world.

My Hygge Home : How to Make Home Your Happy Place by Meik Wiking
Inspired by Danish design and traditions, this inspiring book, featuring tips based on research from The Happiness Institute in Copenhagen, shows how to turn a home into a cozy sanctuary regardless of available space or budget.

Platonic : How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make-- and Keep-- Friends by Marisa G Franco
Drawing on the latest scientific research on friendship, an acclaimed psychologist helps us understand our attachment style by providing a blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others to become our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process.

Set Boundaries, Find Peace : A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab
Healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them -- in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family. But what do healthy boundaries really mean -- and how can we successfully express our needs, say no, and be assertive without offending others?

The Blue Zones American Kitchen : 100 Recipes to Live to 100 by Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner spent years uncovering the Blue Zones -- the five places around the world where people consistently live to or past, 100 -- and sharing lifestyle tips and recipes gleaned from these places. Now, creating your own Blue Zone at home is easier than ever, thanks to plant-forward recipes in this inspiring book--all developed right in our own backyard.

The Fun Habit : How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life by Michael Rucker
The more we seek happiness, the more elusive it becomes. "The Fun Habit" shows readers that fun, unlike happiness, is an action you can take almost anywhere, anytime. Fun is connected to behavior and habits rather than goals, which means it's possible to get more fun into your life with intention. From teaching you how to escape the happiness trap, to finding just the right kind of fun for you, to spreading the fun to your friends and family, Rucker will inspire you to incorporate a bias toward fun into every aspect of your life.

The Inner Work of Racial Justice : Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness by Rhonda V Magee
Law professor and mindfulness practitioner Rhonda Magee shows that the work of racial justice begins with ourselves. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. The practice of embodied mindfulness -- paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way -- increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize our unconscious bias, and gives us the space to become less reactive and to choose how we respond to injustice. It is only by healing from injustices and dissolving our personal barriers to connection that we develop the ability to view others with compassion and to live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints. Incorporating mindfulness exercises, research, and Magee's hard-won insights, "The Inner Work of Racial Justice" offers a road map to a more peaceful world.

Tranquility by Tuesday : 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters by Laura Vanderkam
For anyone who's sick of letting to-do lists dictate their time, Laura Vanderkam shares nine strategies for reclaiming your hours Do you find yourself hoping that someday, life will be less hectic? If we're not careful, dull, unfulfilling tasks can quickly occupy our precious hours, derail our best-laid plans, and make life feel like a slog. Vanderkam explains that if you want something to happen, you need to design your life to make it happen. Work crises, childcare emergencies, and home repairs are inevitable, and the mundane tasks of life - cooking, cleaning, laundry - aren't going anywhere. To make time for what matters, you need a resilient schedule, not a perfect schedule.


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