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8 actually great self-improvement books to help you start 2022 off right

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The start of a new year is the perfect time to take stock of your life. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but held yourself back from? Is there an area of your life that you’ve always wanted to improve upon? Is there a personal topic that you need some quality advice on?

If you can relate to any of these questions, then now is the perfect time to read a self-improvement book. From books about daily habits to helpful meditations, there are tons of high-quality books out there that can help you kick off 2022 on the right foot.

Below, check out eight books that can help you get your mind right.

1. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, $16.66 (Orig. $28)

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A therapist herself, Lori Gottlieb shares her experience as both a clinician and a patient after she experiences a major crisis of her own. 

2. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, $9.72 (Orig. $17)

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Men and women experience and deal with stress differently. This book “provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.”

3. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday, $14 (Orig. $20)

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If you’ve been wanting to start a daily meditation practice, The Daily Stoic is a great place to start. This book features 366 dated meditations to help you begin each day feeling centered.

4. What Happened to You? by Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perr, $14.49 (Orig. $28.99)

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Through personal conversations, brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey are here to help you “shift from asking ‘What’s wrong with you?’ to ‘What happened to you?'” 

5. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin, $9.19 ($16.99)

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Tough times are inevitable, but psychotherapist Amy Morin teaches readers how to avoid self-pity, how to stop obsessing over the past and how to enhance mental strength.

6. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven, $11.94 (Orig. $20)

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Make Your Bed is an expansion of a Navy SEAL’s inspiring commencement where Admiral William H. McRaven shared his 10 principles for overcoming hardships and doing good in the world.

7. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, $11.40 (Orig. $19)

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In The Body Keeps the Score, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk “uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain,” and gives hope to those that are struggling.

8. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman, $18

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Four thousand weeks amounts to 80 years — the average lifespan of a human. Burkeman’s funny and insightful book is here to help you figure out how to best manage those weeks to get the most out of life.

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