I’m a big fiction gal -- any story that takes me even a half-step away from reality will catch my eye -- but as I’ve been cruising through my 20s, I find myself drawn more and more to the self-help genre, the books that promise to provide some inner rumination and improvement. Professionals and amateurs alike are putting their best thoughts and advice in book form, hoping to resonate with anyone who can benefit from their words.
There are books on career guidance, confidence boosters and what many of these titles have in common: the road to happiness. There’s no single definition of happiness, but it is the one thing that everyone in the world strives for. During the last fleeting weeks of the year especially, we’re all feeling pretty contemplative of where we’re at vs. where we were last year, and if we’re happier or have any plans to ensure our happiness going forward.
And that’s where New Year’s resolutions come in. Those who make resolutions do so to better themselves one way or another, right? It could be a resolution to hit the elliptical more, or to call your mom once a week, or even to drink less coffee -- all in the name of becoming a better, happier person. Where we fail, though, is in the expectation: There’s nothing worse than beginning a goal strong and slowly fizzling out, whether it be due to unrealistic parameters or a lack of motivation.
The key to a strong New Year’s resolution is to make it practical and achievable, otherwise you run the risk of failing to stick to your plan and feeling lousy. You want to be as in tune with yourself as possible in order to set yourself up for success in the new year -- so here’s when you take an empowering book into consideration.
Read up on these 10 narratives that can help you self-reflect, ruminate on what’s going on and examine your life now and where you want to go next.