By Heidi Simmons

It is not only a new year it is a new decade.  Even as January quickly draws to a close, and New Year resolutions fade, there is always time to reset, recharge and rethink your life and lifestyle.  Books not only entertain and inform, they can help enlighten and transform our lives.

Here are ten self-help books to inspire and initiate change for better health and well-being.

The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi (Harmony, 275 pages)


This book helps readers create a holistic and transformative health plan for life and includes new research and insight on the mind-body, mind-gene, and mind-immunity connections.  It includes an action plan that outlines the key tools people need to develop their own effective path toward self-healing.

Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness and Well Being by Shawn Achor (Currency, 216 pages)

The author argues that individual competition is not healthy.  He suggests success and happiness comes from how affectively people connect with, relate to, and learn from each other. 

How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything by Erin Falconer (Gallery Books, 257 pages)

Falconer teaches how to zero in on three areas of your life where you most want to excel, and then shows you how to off-load, outsource, or stop giving a hoot about all  the rest.

The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing by Habib Sadeghi (Grand Central, 290 pages)

Using new information about the mind-body connection, this book helps readers gain a sense of peace and control, raise self-esteem, and assert one’s authentic self to achieve positive and lasting change in just 12 steps.

Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein (Gallery, 241 pages)

The author applies a six-step process to aid folks in letting go of debilitating self-judgment, pain and suffering in order to love better, live more fully and experience a miraculous life.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead, 288 pages)

The Eat, Pray, Love author shares her insights into the mysterious nature of the creative process, and shows how to get what we most love by facing our fears and ending our needless suffering in order to embrace our best creative lives.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed Press, 226 pages)

This is a guidebook to simplifying your environment, which in turn generates a greater sense of calm, a clearer mind and a happier home.

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy (Vanguard Press, 304 pages)

According to this author, true success is measured in three areas – personal, work and happiness.  Each chapter includes exercises to help in develop the discipline needed to be more successful and feel more joyful.

You Are a Badass:  How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (Running Press, 256 pages)

This how-to guide helps identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that prevent you from getting what you really want in a life you genuinely love.

Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon (Shambhala, 240 pages)

What do you get when a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a Tibetan monk write a book?  You get current scientific studies and ancient mindfulness techniques that shift perspectives to gain focus for a sharper sense of joy.

May this year and the coming decade be your very best.