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Whatever reading diet you’re on this year, here are 12 books you must consider adding to your reading list. These books are insightful and brimming with wisdom, and are just what you need for turning your life around this year.
1. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz
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Far from the internet clutter on how to be happy, The Four Agreements is a source of wisdom that’s passed down to us from our ancestors. Shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz provides a code of conduct that can serve us for a lifetime.
2. Eat, Pray, Love
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This is the story of one woman who, after having hit rock bottom, decided to travel to three different places around the world in search of pleasure, devotion, and balance. She rebuilds her life gradually during this journey, which culminates in an acceptance of love.
3. The Happiness Project
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The Happiness Project is a record of author Gretchen Rubin’s year-long attempt at finding happiness. It contains her experience with testing out different theories on how to be happy as spelled out both in populist culture and scientific research.
4. Stumbling on Happiness
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In Stumbling on Happiness, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert discusses our quirky human imagination and our lapses in knowing who we want to become, through latest research in neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and allied areas.
5. The Gifts of Imperfection
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The Gifts of Imperfection is a work of great love and compassion by the leading expert on authenticity and shame, Brene Brown. Through this book, she encourages people to embrace their imperfections and never doubt their worthiness.
6. Authentic Happiness
Martin E.P. Seligman
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Authentic Happiness kick started a new debate on the search for happiness. In the book, Martin argues that you can find real, lasting happiness if you focused on and channeled your strengths and virtues rather than worried about your weaknesses.
7. Man’s Search for Meaning
Victor E. Frankl
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Man’s Search for Meaning is a recollection of the experiences of author Victor E. Frankl during his time in Auschwitz and other concentration camps during World War II. His argues that people are motivated by what they personally find meaningful, and that deciding to be a certain way in a given situation is a high virtue.
8. The Art of Happiness
Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
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When the Dalai Lama talks about happiness and peace of mind, we listen. As everyone should. In this book, which is a combination of the Dalai Lama’s Eastern wisdom and Cutler’s Western insights, the authors provide practical ways to tackle everyday challenges and find happiness.
9. The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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A wonderful fable that has stood the test of time, The Little Prince is a fable on love and loneliness that must be read by anyone in search of happiness and wisdom. The magical world created by Saint-Exupery pulls you in and doesn’t let go.
10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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An exceptionally inspirational fable, Jonathan Livingston Seagull tells the story of a seagull that doesn’t want to fly simply to find food and survive, but to really fly high in the sky. The bird’s story is used as a metaphor to show what it means to chase your dreams without being swayed by what others think of your journey.
11. The Last Lecture
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A product of a memorable lecture he delivered a month after he was diagnosed with cancer, Randy Pausch leaves his heart on paper in this wonderfully insightful book about going after your childhood dreams, overcoming obstacles that come along the way, and emerging happy and fulfilled.
12. Everything is Going to Be Okay
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Unlike the ordinary crop of books that intend to cheer you up, Everything is Going to Be Okay is a brilliantly illustrated book — featuring the work of many indie artists — containing nuggets of inspiration, encouragement, and affirmation. With life being as hard as it is, a pocket-sized book of this kind comes in more than handy.