January 28, 2014 by Reader's Connection
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is improve mental health—laugh and love more, and enjoy life. If you’re on the path to self- improvement, celebrities can help!
PX90 creator Tony Horton has written his first non-workout book. The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life shows how good physical health creates a positive outlook to be successful in all areas of life. If this book is anything like his workouts, excuses are not an option.
Age is no excuse to stop challenging ourselves. Hoosier native and former Today show anchor Jane Pauley has written Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. She shares stories of people age 50 and older who have reinvented themselves in the second half of their life, and shows that midlife is the perfect time to get re-energized.
Former Entertainment Tonight anchor Leeza Gibbons has a slightly different view. In Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings she urges us to “redo” our lives whenever we’re feeling unmotivated and stuck in a rut. She believes life is our biggest production, and we have the creative control to shape our storyline.
Gloria Gaynor’s number one hit “I Will Survive” has become the theme song of many people’s lives. We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song, was inspired by messages from fans. It features stories of people worldwide who have used the song to inspiration to overcome difficulties in their lives.
Iyanla Vanzant is certainly a survivor. The life coach and host of “Iyanla, Fix My Life” has been from rags to riches to rags and back to riches. In Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything she outlines the skills needed to forgive hurt, move on, and live in peace. Each chapter features a specific exercise to help us forgive ourselves and our choices, in areas of life including relationships, money, and career. The book ends with three sample forgiveness letters to send to ourselves, or others in our lives.
If affirmations and positive talk are not your style, business speaker Larry Winget is your guy. His Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity. He says enough with tolerating bad behavior and going along to get along. Happiness and success come from being assertive, and demanding the best from ourselves and others.
No matter what area of your life you want to improve, there’s a celebrity whose approach will resonate with you. Look for these and other self-titles in print, audio ebook, or downloadable audio.
–Selector Beth Baker Schoch