8 New Self-help Books That Actually Help

Whether you want to get healthier, save money, or simply kick back for some belly laughs, these recent releases deliver.


If you want to be better with money

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Read: The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack A financial journalist and a college professor team up to prove that all the knowledge you really need to know about finances can fit on one index card. At the top of the list? Save 10 to 20 percent of your income. The authors explain the how and why to do that, as well as nine other money tips in this easy-to-understand book.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.


If you want to free your mind (and your schedule)

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Read: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight A parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller, this hilarious guidebook aims to rid your mind of annoying coworkers, family issues, and body pressures. Knight’s two-step NotSorry Method empowers you to just say "No!" In the process you’ll lighten your spirit and clear your calendar, freeing up time and energy for yourself (and your Netflix account).

To buy: $14, amazon.com.


If you want to power-pose your way to success

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Read: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy You may remember Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk on body language. It garnered millions of reviews and led to this read. In it she expands on how physical habits shape our thoughts, feelings, and choices. Through scientific research and real-world examples (see the interview with actress Julianne Moore), Cuddy gives readers the tools to be present and harness the power to be your best self.

To buy: $17, amazon.com.


If you want to reduce tantrums and empower your child

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Read: How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control by Lauren Brukner Children ages 4-7 can benefit from this interactive book written by an occupational therapist. Readers act as detectives to solve issues like anxiety, anger, and frustration with superhero-like powers. Also included are activities like how to make a mantra or a worry box and a link to reminder charts to hang up at home or school.

To buy: $17, amazon.com.


If you want to be more creative

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Read: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Find out how to nurture your imagination and uncover the “strange jewels” Gilbert says are hidden within each of us. Whether you aim to write a book, paint a portrait, or have more innovating ideas at work, this book will get you there. Peppered throughout the text are relatable and inspiring lessons from Gilbert’s life.

To buy: $14, amazon.com.


If you want to stop dieting and eat mindfully

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Read: Big Girl by Kelsey Miller One part memoir, one part self-help, and a million hilarity come together to make this book a standout among January resolution releases. As a child actor, Miller often felt pressured to look a certain way, which spiraled into a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and body image issues. Miller shares the rock bottom moment (in the Hamptons, no less) that inspired her to stop dieting and start eating intuitively.

To buy: $11, amazon.com.


If you want to learn about the power of social media

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Read: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson If you’re social media-obsessed, consider this required reading. Ronson takes readers on a journey exploring those who have been the recipients of very public Internet shamings (even when they might not entirely deserve it). Meet the force of faceless commentors who easily wield their power to humiliate with the click of a button, and pick up tips for what to do if you find yourself in a similar snafu.

To buy: $10, amazon.com.


If you want to laugh (really hard!)

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Read: Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings All of life’s most pressing problems are solved in this comical picture book by YouTube Star Miranda Sings. Features include: “What kind of bae are you?” “How to get revenge,” and “How to get gum out of your hair.” After you’re finished, stick it on the coffee table to delight (and surprise) guests.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.