Archive February 2015

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It’s February, as you might have noticed – supposedly the shortest month of the year, but it often feels like the longest. It’s cold, it’s dark, New Year’s resolutions have already fallen apart, and it’s an awfully long way ‘til next Christmas.

Still, it’s not all bad news: creme eggs are already on sale, the nights are getting shorter, and it’s a pretty good time of year for donning a third jumper and settling down to read in the evening. And, on the topic of books, for many people February can actually be a much more sensible and sustainable time to engage with those books that can help improve your life, away from the post-Christmas pressures. So with that in mind, here are three books we’d recommend to inspire you to make the small changes that can actually make the biggest difference this year.

 

1. Thrive by Arianna Huffington. Whatever you think of HuffPo, there’s no denying that Arianna Huffington is one of the most successful businesswomen on the planet, and Thrive is her manifesto. Refreshingly, it doesn’t espouse getting up at 3am to check emails or eating only maca powder to fuel your inhuman working days. Rather, it’s a personal and thoughtful look at what it means to be a working woman: what works, what doesn’t, and what we really, really need to change.

thrive

2. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. Alongside having the best pastries on the planet and being the inventors of Lego, Denmark has long been officially ranked as the happiest country in the world. In this book, Helen Russell – stressed-out Londoner, happiness sceptic and very funny author – sets out to discover the reasons. I won’t spoil it, but with the exception of having a special Viking gene, most of the solutions are easier to implement than you’d think.

The Year of Living Danishly

3. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. All right, so technically this one isn’t out until March, but it’s the big one – what good are all those life-changing techniques if you don’t actually do them on a regular basis? Gretchen is a passionate, friendly and meticulously researched guide to how to build habits into your daily existence and make real changes happen – thanks to her techniques I now go to bed an hour earlier and get up in time to eat breakfast, which I’m pretty sure are the first steps to taking over the world.

Better than Before

So, it’s time to come out of hibernation and get reading. Which books have inspired you to make changes? Why not visit our Facebook page and let us know? facebook.com/TwoRoadsBooks

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