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Improve yourself with these 5 new books

Improve yourself with these 5 new books
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It’s almost spring, a time of rebirth and new beginnings. Here are five self-help titles that may help with your own vernal reboot.

Let That Sh*t Go: Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday, Nina Purewal and Pate Petriw

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy, Amy Morin.  (William Morrow)

How to Win at Life: The Expert Guide to Excelling at Everything You Do, Charlie Burton.  (Firefly)

The Holy Sh*t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant, James Fell. Dundas  (St. Martin s Press)

Let That Sh*t Go: Find Peace of Mind and Happiness in Your Everyday, Nina Purewal and Pate Petriw.  (Collins)

So Here’s the Thing . . . : Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut, Alyssa Mastromonaco, with Lauren Oyler.  (Twelve)

The practitioners: California-based Nina Purewal, founder of Pure Minds, conducts workshops on mindfulness and meditation. Kate Petriw, founder of Toronto-based Mind Matters, offers mental-health workshops that aim to reduce stress.

The takeaway: Most of us live our lives in a haze of busyness, anxiety and guilt, rushing from one urgent task to the next. In the intro, the authors promise “more than a hundred tips to get you to a peaceful, happy place.”

How to Win at Life: The Expert Guide to Excelling at Everything You Do, Charlie Burton

The self-helper: Charlie Burton is an editor at GQ’s UK edition and this book offers advice from his column “Bring Your ‘A’ Game.” It offers help from experts and step-by-step instructions.

The takeaway: What you’ll learn: how to deal with a broken wine cork; how to break up with someone; how to throw a formal dinner party; how to work a room like a master connector, and much more.

The Holy Sh*t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant, James Fell

The self-helper: James Fell wrote two weight-loss and fitness books before turning to the psychology of success. Check out his blog, bodyforwife.com , to see if he’s for you.

The takeaway: We’ve been taught that the tortoise, plodding along with slow measured steps, will beat the hare. Fell argues that an epiphany – a moment of sudden truth – can have a greater impact than slow and steady. He makes a persuasive case, drawing on research and the stories of successful people who have had what he sometimes calls moments of “sacred excrement.”

So Here’s the Thing . . . : Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut, Alyssa Mastromonaco, with Lauren Oyler

The self-helper: Alyssa Mastromonaco was the deputy chief of staff to former U.S. president Barack Obama from 2011 to 2014.

The takeaway: This book can be viewed as a memoir with a ton of life advice (why you need a platonic life partner, things you should never say around your boss, what she keeps in her medicine cabinet, handbag and suitcase, plus much more). She presents as lovably scatty (the cover image says it all) but she knows what she’s talking about.

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy, Amy Morin

The self-helper: Amy Morin is a Florida-based social worker and psychotherapist.

The takeaway: She says she has found that patients who reached their potential avoid common pitfalls: “The key to their progress wasn’t just what they did. It was more what they didn’t do.”
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