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Books to Help You Live a Healthier Life

Books, HealthMorgan VanekComment

Everyone wants to improve their life in some way.  No matter how good things are, they could always be better.  Each of us struggles with something.  Whether it's our physical health, our emotional health, our financial health, or something else, we can all think of something that we'd like to change.

This is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. The new year feels like a fresh start.  It's the Monday morning of the whole year, and it seems like as good a time as any to make  a major shift in our lives.  

But as we all know, New Year's resolutions fade fast. We're lucky if we keep them for even a month before we go right back to our old way of living.  Having such a big goal, with such far-off results, feels like an insurmountable task, and we give up in the face of such a challenge.  

That's why you shouldn't wait to make these kinds of positive changes in your life.  If you know you should be doing something different, start now, and take small steps toward your goal, rather than going cold turkey for a couple of weeks in January and then giving up.  

You deserve to live the best life that you can all the time, not just at the new year.  Loving yourself means doing your best to take care of every aspect of your health: physical, mental, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual.  

There are many ways to live a healthier, more balanced life. Though you may find yourself gravitating toward physical health as a "Right-Now Resolution," try to take a step back and examine your life as a whole.  Are there any other aspects of your life that could use some attention? 

If so, it's time to visualize that change in your life, and then work backward from there to create a game plan that will help you achieve that goal.  Pick up one (or more!) of these books for ideas on how to treat yourself well, live a healthier life, and be the best version of yourself that you can be:  

The east-meets-west approach outlined in this book will help you look at your life in a new way.  If you're struggling to find fulfillment in your every day life, but can't quite put your finger on why, A Unified Theory of Happiness  is for you. 

The Yoga Body Diet: Slim and Sexy in 4 Weeks (Without the Stress)
By Kristen Schultz Dollard, John Douillard

This book is based on the principles of Ayurveda, which is ancient style of medicine, originating in India, that emphasizes balance and a holistic way of living.  The Yoga Body Diet will help you make sense of this complicated subject, and eat, exercise, and live in a way that is in tune with the seasons and your own nature. 

If you're looking for small ways to improve your health and reduce your impact on the environment, this book will provide you with many ways to do so. This volume proves that DK books aren't just educational for kids. 

In October, the World Health Organization declared that processed meats are carcinogenic to humans, and that red meat probably causes cancer, as well.  Eating meat is also harmful to the environment.  But if you're like me, doing anything cold turkey is a real challenge - especially when it comes to food. Grab a copy of Almost Vegetarian, a cookbook that will help you compromise until you're ready to go all the way.  

Student loans, credit card debt, car payments, rent... For millennials, money is often a sore subject.  If you're looking to get your financial life in order, pick up this book by Suze Orman and get real about your dollars and cents.  Oprah trusts her advice, and so do I. 

It's hard to find anyone who hasn't read The Happiness Project, and there's a reason for that.  Gretchen Rubin is insightful and instructive, and she'll show you the way to live your happiest life.

Back pain is a common ailment, even among young people, likely because of our sedentary culture.  The Wharton's Back Book will teach you how to use Active Isolated Stretching to heal and prevent back problems.  Even if you don't currently have a problem with this, you'll thank yourself later for starting now.  

If you are looking for a more traditional diet and exercise book, get this one.  You'll find recipes, menu plans, work out routines, and everything else you're expecting wrapped up in a new way.  Look Better Naked is about confidence, self-love, and treating your body right as a gift to yourself.  

I've struggled all my life with follow-through, and this book is one that has helped me to overcome this obstacle.  I'm still working on mastering all seven habits, but this book has changed so many lives, it's hard to discount its methods.  Plus, it's one of my dad's all-time favorites, and he's one of the coolest, most productive people I know.  

Whether you're looking for a new skill, or hoping to spend more time on self-care, Organic Body Care Recipes will provide you with the tools to accomplish you goal.  Mixing up your own beauty products is fun, inexpensive, and a great way to pamper yourself and your loved ones.  

What helps you to live a better life? What are your "Right-Now Resolutions?"  Let me know in the comments, or use #RightNowResolutions on social media and keep the conversation going. 


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