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Self-Improvement Books to Help Kick Off the New Year

By: Hidden Gems on December 28, 2021

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By: Hidden Gems on December 28, 2021


With the new year right around the corner, a lot of people find themselves reflecting and setting intentions. Regardless of your goals, we are certain that there’s a self-help book out there for you. With those thoughts in mind, today we’ve rounded up the self-improvement books our readers loved the most.


Happy Mind, Happy Life

Happy Mind, Happy Life: A Science-Backed Guide to More Happiness and Self-Love by Barbora Centik

No matter your age or background, the tried-and-tested lessons inside this self-improvement book arm you with powerful tools and knowledge for taking your happiness into your own hands. If you want to escape the endless cycle of worry and enjoy feelings of contentment in your everyday life, then Happy Mind, Happy Life is for you.

Pat M. says in their 5-star review, “Barbora Centik has written an engaging book that starts off with asking us a pertinent question – ‘What is happiness to you?’ and then over 10 chapters the author enunciates studies, references, anecdotes and actionable strategies to transforming our minds to become happier. ‘Happiness is contentment with who, what, and where you are’ – this is such a powerful and thought-provoking statement quoted from the book. It really is about how we feel inside and how we experience the world. Loved the chapter ‘Beyond Money’ – is truly a revelation. Recommended reading.”

James C. raves in his 5-star review, “Written by an author who suffered from anxiety and was prone to depression this book is a good guide to getting a hold of your emotions and clarifying what is truly important in your life. Through chapters like Everyone Can Learn to be Happy and Your Body – Start With Your Mind’s Home and, my favorite, a chapter called The Magic of Gratitude, the author explains how to control your life by controlling your thoughts. Worth reading.”

5 Effective Techniques to Calm Your Mind

5 Effective Techniques to Calm Your Mind: A One Month Plan to Reduce Anxiety, Eliminate Negative Thinking & Build Healthy, Positive Habits for the Brain by Shannon Corbyn

If you are a person who is struggling to deal with negative and anxious emotions, and you would like to understand how they work in your brain, impact your life and how to eliminate them, then this is the book for you.

“I highly recommend this book,” explains AER Creatives in their 5-star review. “The most useful technique for me was the section on how to break bad habits. Shannon pegged me really well for not having great sleeping habits. In this day in age, it is always difficult to turn everything off at night, calm your mind and achieve a great night’s sleep. She then goes on to suggest how we can incorporate better habits by even doing something such as meditation for 2 minutes at a time. This was extremely helpful for me. She calls this practice micro goals so you are not getting overwhelmed by taking on too much of a commitment and failing at it. All the ideas in this book are helpful and anyone experiencing anxiety would benefit greatly from the ideas in this book.”

Zayn writes in their 5-star review, “I definitely give 5 stars because this book actually helps. It gives useful strategies and instructions to follow, such as CBT(cognitive behavior therapy), NLP switch method… and it also teaches step by step how to calm down while having an anxious or negative emotion. Another thing I like is the free bonus. The list gives me ideas where I can find useful tools to help to relieve anxiety, it also provides insights and reviews of each tool, such as music, programs, apps.”

The Power of Vision

The Power of Vision: Principles and Practices To Help You Become Extraordinary by Oluwaseun Oyeniran

Oluwaseun Oyeniran reveals how to define a vision, how having a vision can simplify life, and the benefits of dreaming big. The author highlights extraordinary individuals from throughout history that had a vision that pushed them forward. He walks you through how to define your vision, how having a vision can simplify life, and the benefits of dreaming big.

“Insightful, engaging, and well-developed, The Power of Vision offers readers practical advice for making their lives and work extraordinary,” explains WestBow Press Editorial Group in their review. “ The scholarly approach you take in this book underscores the importance of the messages presented while the down-to-earth writing style keeps the material easily accessible.”

“Loving the fact also that this book not only speaks to the young, but it speaks to everyone,” raves Janet Williams-Edwards in her review. “The Power of Vision, encourages, inspires, raises one’s spirit and it is practical and realistic. It gets the attention that keeps you reading and wanting more. Thank you for this unselfish journey of revelation and hard work that will move people to achieve greatness. Thank you for the passion to see others move from ordinary to extraordinary.”

10 Minute Boosts

10 MINUTE BOOSTS FOR YOUR BODY, MIND & BEAUTY: Quick And Easy Tips To Help You Feel Good, Look Good And Live Good by Susan Wildes

10 Minute Boosts for Your Body, Mind & Beauty is a handy self-improvement guide for anyone who wants simple, fast and effective tools to help them look and feel their very best, each and every day.

Kikelomo A. writes in their 5- star review, “This book is the perfect guide for those of us who really want to do our yoga daily in 10-minute increments which is as beneficial as the once-a-week class. And there are all sorts of tips and instructions and recipes for dry skin, facials, the writer’s favorite “legs up the wall” yoga pose. It’s a great guide to small but really helpful things to do to feel better, look better, and feel better about ourselves. I really loved it. Great, practical and fun gift, too.”

10 MINUTE BOOSTS FOR YOUR BODY, MIND & BEAUTY contains a lot of easy and quick ways to take a time out for yourself to refresh and calm down,” explains LF in their 5-star review. “There are sections with suggestions for body, beauty, breath, mind, mood, sleep and soul. Each section contains different things to do, try and options to pick from, depending on different factors. I can’t say that I would do everything but it is good to be reminded to take some time out for yourself every day, even if it is in 10 minute blocks. I found this book easy to read and understand and quite complete. There are a lot of things to choose from and try, on your way to finding what works for you at a point in time.”

How to Be Happy Every Day

How to Be Happy Every Day! Nine Practical Steps for Generation Z on Mindset Makeover, Understanding the Theory of Happiness, and Living Your Best Life by Johnny Jade Hudson

With small and simple changes to how you think and a practical step-by-step guide, this self-improvement book will help you to be able to let go of your worries and everything that’s holding you down and finally understand what truly makes you happy and fulfilled.

Hellen explains in their 5-star review, “This was a pretty quick yet interesting read. It wasn’t your typical self help style book. This is laid out for you, chapter by chapter, steps to take, positive thoughts and affirmations to think, and intertwined with stories from the author on how he made it work for him. I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels down and out!”

Chrys7alin raves in 5-star review, “Disclosure: I am not a member of Generation Z. But my children are, so i decided to read this book with the hope that it would have content that I could share with my kids. I was hooked by the first chapter. It took me 25 adult years to learn these lessons. I wish I had a book like this when I was a late teen or young adult. The author shares what true happiness is, and what it is not. He tells you the areas in your life that you need focus on , and he walks you through the steps of creating happiness in your life. This is a great read for all generations, not just Generation Z.”

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