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Help Yourself

5 self-help books in a variety of topics

As a bibliographical category, “Self Help” has come a long way. Used to be that The Celestine Prophecy, Conversations With God, Chicken Soup for the Soul et al. guided people; now, seriously well-informed books about how chicken soup really will fix ya up at the chemical level, and how meditation—Zen-esque or via the rosary, for example—creates a change in biochemistry that does a body a soulful of good are there with scientific fact. Here a few interesting titles that might help you help yourself.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

This book is simply amazing: It’s about optimal states of mind, feeling what might be termed aesthetic bliss, and keeping it going. Sign me up. Check out Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book if you want to try to get an idea of this concept and apply it to your life…if you haven’t already discovered it, and want to amplify it.

Eat This, Not That! 2013: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding (seem to) annually put together this work of interesting sociology, advertising analysis and nutritive bookery that makes me guilty when I go to the drive-up window at 4am because nothing else is open and my cupboards are bare.

You Healthier Now — Small Steps to Big Changes in Your Health and Wellness

Baby steps, right? Well, here are lots of them—they add up, honestly over time…just look at Lea Newman’s book and see. It’s new and perfect to revive any shredded New Year’s resolutions.

The Mr. Porter Paperback: The Manual for a Stylish Life (Vol. 1) 

No point in denying it: Style Counts. Yeah, it does. Jeremy Langmead’s guide helps you to a better appreciation of the gentlemanly arts, period. Gents, you can also go here for tips, trust me. Ladies, try here for some ideas, if you like.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg’s book is utterly fascinating, and will give you some excellent insights. It is challenging, thought-provoking and, above all, a way to analyze and possibly adjust your behavior—fixing those bad habits, or, at least, replacing them with positive ones.

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