"Good Habits, Bad Habits" - Wendy Wood and "Everything is Figureoutable" - Marie Forleo

Self-improvement of some form or another makes up the majority of New Year’s resolutions. Whether it be learning a new skill, getting in shape, or improving one’s mindset, a person’s work is cut out for him or her. Fortunately, the library has plenty of materials to help somebody get started on the quest for self-improvement.

Everybody has bad habits that can be detrimental to their well-being, and many of these things are done without us ever giving them a second thought. With so much being done on autopilot, it can be hard to even recognize a bad habit, much less change one. “Good Habits, Bad Habits” by Wendy Wood delves into the science behind our bad habits and explains why we do things the way we do without thinking much about changing them. It explains why sheer willpower is almost always sure to fail most people when trying to change themselves, and it uses decades of research to show the most effective ways to drop a bad habit and pick up healthier, more productive habits. This book is a good read for anybody trying to learn to eat better, move more, keep organized, and many other life skills that require people to change bad habits. It can be found in adult nonfiction, call number 152.33 W881.

A positive mindset can help overcome many problems and help achieve even the grandest of goals.

It’s also key to overcoming setbacks ranging from mild annoyances to raging catastrophes. Even though it’s common knowledge that positivity is key to overcoming obstacles, it can be hard to maintain that mindset. “Everything Is Figureoutable,” by Marie Forleo is a great tool to help learn a healthy outlook on life. Self-help books have a reputation for offering quick fixes to deep problems, and as such, one may be tempted to pass up “Everything is Figureoutable” as just another book with a silly name that offers empty platitudes. This book, however, does not pretend that one can simply change a mindset over night. It offers strategies to help retrain the brain to overcome a lifetime of maladjusted thinking. This book is great for anybody thinking of starting something new, overcoming bad habits, or just wanting a more positive outlook on life. It can be found in adult nonfiction, call number 158.1 F722.

Improving the brain is important, but it’s equally important to improve one’s physical health. Many people start off the New Year trying strenuous workouts to try and improve overall health, but they quickly burnout because they are unable to keep up with their own expectations. With Maggie Spilner’s “Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking,” one can learn to improve overall health at a much more manageable pace. Spilner explains the benefits of walking, walking plans to help lose weight, and guides to help one purchase suitable equipment such as treadmills and shoes. This book is a great motivator to help get started on the path to a healthier life. It can be found in Adult Nonfiction, call number 613.7176 Sp45p.

-Robert, Roswell Pubic Library, New Mexico

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