10 Best Books To Achieve Your 2022 New Year’s Resolutions

10 Best Books To Achieve Your 2022 New Year's Resolutions. Photographed by Tom Hermans. Image via Unsplash

Need some new book recommendations? Or just some books to help with your new year’s resolutions? Read on!

Want to eat healthier? Quit smoking? Or do you just want to feel happy again? According to many online polls, a majority of New Year’s resolutions go unfulfilled. In fact, one UK study suggests that 64 per cent of us are likely to give up on our New Year’s resolutions before the end of January.

At least we’re not alone!

But, despite this, it is depressing to claim that you’ll do something only to give up so easily. Especially if you truly want to achieve it. You’ve already made the announcement, wouldn’t it be amazing to see it through to completion? As the saying goes, done is better than good.

But, don’t be discouraged if you feel unmotivated right now. It’s not like it’s the best time ever to get stuff done, not with a pandemic on the loose and mounting uncertainty. But if there is ever a time to do something amazing for yourself, it is always now. And yes, there is still hope for you, because you have the rest of the year to achieve great things!

Perhaps what you really need is a fresh perspective on your New Year’s resolution. A way to look at it that isn’t all doom and gloom, like the boring prospect of saving money. Or the slight dread of getting fit. So we’re bringing our bookworm repertoire to the rescue!

From getting fit to stressing less, loving yourself more, saving money and even changing your career – here’s the 10 best books to help you achieve your 2022 New Year’s resolutions. The time is now!

The Best Book to Help Quit Smoking:

<strong>Easy Way To Stop Smoking</strong> by Allen Carr
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Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr

Quitting smoking is not an easy feat. In fact, nearly everyone fails to quit on their first attempt, and it could take up to 10 tries to fully quit smoking. If you’ve tried everything, from nicotine patches to going cold turkey, then might we suggest trying Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking. With a rating over four stars, it’s clear that this book has helped many across the world to achieve a nicotine-free life. And Allen does it without all the negative comments about how smoking kills and how dirty of a habit it is. All it takes, he suggests, is to change your mind.

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The Best Book to Help Getting Fit:

<strong>Exercised</strong> by Daniel Lieberman
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Exercised by Daniel Lieberman

So you want the body of a Hemsworth? Or just a simple swimmer’s physique? Whatever level of fitness you seek, there are thousands of books revealing all the best techniques. But Exercised, by Daniel Lieberman, offers something much more fruitful: a fresh perspective. Did you know us humans never evolved to exercise? We are not programmed for treadmills and triathlons. And yet it is rewarding all the same! Well, paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman is here to help you enjoy getting fit by satisfying your curiosities.

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The Best Book to Help Losing Weight:

<strong>The Obesity Code</strong> by Dr Jason Fung
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The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung

Losing weight is a very common 2022 New Year’s resolution, so you’re not alone. But it isn’t as easy as we’re led to believe. Everyone has their own tricks, but everyone else is different. And despite all the weight loss books out there, our waistlines are only getting larger. Well, in the Obesity Code, Dr Jason Fung has a theory: that being fat is caused by hormones rather than laziness. He reveals that an overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity, and that slowing this process down is the key to losing weight for good. One of the best books to help you achieve your 2022 New Year’s resolutions for both the mind and the body!

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The Best Book to Help Travelling More:

<strong>The Art Of Travel</strong> by Alain de Botton
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The Art Of Travel by Alain de Botton

Is travel more than just a much needed break from the humdrum of life? Alain de Botton thinks otherwise, and explores this very question in his book, The Art of Travel. In fact, understanding the long answer to this question can afford you more fulfilling holidays. With the help of writers, artists and fellow travellers alike, Alain shares fabulous insights into everything from “holiday romance to hotel minibars, airports to sightseeing.” So let’s make your New Year’s resolution of traveling more a little more of a reality than a dream.

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The Best Book to Help Stressing Less:

<strong>The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck</strong> by Mark Manson
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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

There’s no denying that COVID-19 is also wreaking havoc on our sanity. Work is either too much or too little, relationships are strained, and we are all stressed to the eyeballs! But, please, take a deep breath. We’ve got the solution in book form. Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck is a refreshing self-help guide to stressing less. He shuns the idea of just “thinking positive” and tells us to get real. The world is messed up and we can only live with it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be calm and happy again. One of our top picks and a must-read in 2022!

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The Best Book to Help Saving Money:

<strong>The Barefoot Investor</strong> by Scott Pape
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The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

We all have things we want to save for. A new house, a new car, a new holiday, or even just paying off a mortgage. But life sure does make it hard. And yet, when the idea of budgeting comes up, you flinch – more so because it sounds like a negative word. But fear not! Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor is all you need to save more money for the future. Using real life stories from everyday Aussies, Scott brings tried and true methods in all areas of saving – from house deposits to retirement.

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The Best Book to Help Living Happier:

<strong>Stop Thinking Start Living</strong> by Richard Carlson
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Stop Thinking Start Living by Richard Carlson

Stressing less is one thing, living happier is a whole other ballgame. At least that’s what we think. And dare we say that thinking this is not really helping, come to think of it. In fact, it seems counterproductive. That is especially what Richard Carlson states in his book Stop Thinking Start Living – that happiness is not an external gift, but an internal resource. And to tap into this resource, we must learn to stop thinking too much and allowing our negative thoughts to hold court, and just live. It’s only hard if you think it’s hard.

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The Best Book to Help Socialising More:

<strong>Social</strong> by Matthew Lieberman
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Social by Matthew Lieberman

Whether it’s getting closer with family or finding new friends, getting social is an important aspect to being human. Connections drive our understanding of the world. Of course, if you’re old enough, you should have all the tools necessary to be social. But what is the importance of it all? Matthew Lieberman’s Social posits that our need for connection is a primary driver behind our behavior. If being more social is your New Year’s resolution, then this book will help you understand why.

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The Best Book to Help Career Changing:

<strong>Life's A Bitch... And Then You Change Careers</strong> by Andrea Kay
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Life's A Bitch... And Then You Change Careers by Andrea Kay

COVID-19 has changed the way we view our own lives, so much so that many of us are considering changing careers. It’s the great resignation! In fact, in a recent survey conducted by CoreData, 30 per cent of currently employed respondents are thinking of quitting their jobs in 2022, with 80 per cent of those wanting to change employers. If you are one of them, here’s a book dedicated to you. In Life’s A Bitch… And Then You Change Careers, Andrea Kay offers a careers counselling session in book form, offering a methodical plan to make the great shift.

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The Best Book to Help Loving Yourself:

<strong>The Gifts of Imperfection</strong> by Brené Brown
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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The problem with all the previous New Year’s resolutions is that they focus on the flaws in our lives. The ones we want to change. And nothing good ever comes from focusing on our flaws. If loving yourself is as important as achieving your New Year’s resolution, then Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection should be your next read. As Brené writes: “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.'”

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