Book Guide

5 books for a positive new start

New year, new luck: the change of year symbolizes new beginnings. This applies to personal life, career and the relationship to oneself: Hardly any point is as suitable for new resolutions and goals as the year’s change.

„From personal growth
and mindfulness techniques
to mental and physical health."

From personal growth and mindfulness techniques to mental and physical health, here are five books to inspire and they make perfect reading for cozy winter evenings at home.

 1. How Not to Die

by Dr. Michael Greger shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list - and deservedly so. The physician, nutritional scientist and founder of explains how the multiplicity of premature deaths can be prevented - by a simple change of diet. Because: If the fundamental conditions are right, the human body is often able to heal itself. The author dissects the 15 most common causes of death in the Western world, like heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s, and elucidates, based on the latest scientific findings, how a change in the way we eat not only prevents but can reverse these diseases. He discusses which foods are especially valuable and how their nutrients affect our organs and bodily functions. A great must-read for anyone interested in nutrition, who wants to steer their body into optimal health.

2. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

The bestselling book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz demonstrates the key to inner transformation through four simple but powerful promises one makes to oneself. It is one of those books that can change the way we think and act - and help us experience more freedom, joy and love. Ideal for anyone who wants to start the new year with a spiritual compass.

3. The Art of Thinking Clearly

Rolf Dobelli uses 52 examples to get to the heart of why we as humans have the propensity to make systematic reasoning errors regarding career, finances and social situations. While our brains continued to be geared for life as hunter-gatherers, today we live in a completely different world characterized by modernity and technology. The book helps people recognize and overcome their errors in reasoning - and is also a fun read. Ideal for a self-reflective start into the new year.

4 The Big Five for Life

Based on a fictional story, John Strelecky's novel The Big Five for Life addresses the question of what constitutes personal success. Inspired by the concept that tourists in Africa measure the success of their safaris by how many of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and African buffalo) they spot, John Strelecky explains that we should define for ourselves what success means to us. It is the five things we want to do, see or experience before we die. When we have done, seen or experienced these five things, we can look back at the end of our lives and feel a sense of achievement and success by having accomplished our personal Big Five. Because the measure of success is what we define for ourselves. A thought-provoking book that is ideal reading in the New Year.

5 Declutter your Mind

A book that introduces us to mindfulness techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises, and explains why it is so essential to practice them. With Declutter Your Mind, Mark Scott presents to us the habits, actions, and mindsets we can use to clear our own mental clutter so we can better identify our priorities, focus on positive thought patterns, and set goals that go hand-in-hand with our passions. A wonderful read for anyone who wants to incorporate more mindfulness into their daily lives in the coming year.

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