Making a change? Self-help books to guide you through 2015

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With New Year just around the corner and millions of people planning to turn over a new leaf, the time has never been better to make the change you have always wanted.

While this can often feel like an arduous task the books below cover the most common resolutions for 2015.

Stop Smoking

  • Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking – First published in 1985, Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking is seen by many as the definitive anti-smoking guide. Carr, himself once a 100 a day smoker, doesn’t just explain the steps to quitting but challenges any excuses smokers may make for why they cannot stop in the first place. Much more of a psychological examination on why people believe they smoke and why they could never quit. Carr delivers an approachable and articulate opposition to these worries and shows that quitting is not beyond anyone’s reach.
  • Find it at Amazon.

Fitness & Dieting

  • How to Think About Fitness by Damon Young – A little bit different from the typical fitness book, Damon Young’s How to Think About Fitness takes us on a philosophical journey from the ancient Greeks to modern theories on fitness. Young treats exercise holistically in that it not only improves both body and mind, but brings them closer together. Part of the MacMillian Publishing School of Life series, How to Think about Fitness aims to make you think about exercise intelligently and how it needn’t be a burden but a joy to do.
  • Find it at Amazon.


  • The No-Beach No-Zone No-Nonsense Weight-Loss Plan: A pocket guide that works by Jim Johnson – Jim Johnson’s guide sticks to the facts. Unlike many weight loss books there are no frills found within these pages just cold hard statistics and a no-nonsense approach to how to lose weight. Approaching and analysing other weight loss strategies from the last few years and weeding out the success stories from the gimmicks, this book is a great overview offering a sensible approach and a smart framework to understand the dos and do not’s of dieting.
  • Find it at Amazon.


  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – The go-to book for personal and business development for the last 20 years, some of Covey’s terms such as proactivity, synergise and interdependence can feel slightly cliché in a modern setting but the book’s themes of integrity and fairness are as potent now as they were when the book was released in 1989. Part inspirational and part practical, following the seven habits will not only help you improve performance in the workplace but in all aspects of your life.
  • Find it at Waterstones.


  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Sometimes you can’t beat a classic.  First published in 1936 How to Win Friends and influence People’s title is actually a little bit misleading, because it’s not really about influencing other people as much as it is about changing yourself. Carnegie’s central argument can be summed up as simply “It’s not about you, it’s about them.” His belief being that self-improvement comes from thinking more about others than yourself. Now after 15 million copies sold, Carnegie’s words still ring as true and his advice is as relevant now as it was over 80 years ago.
  • Find it at Waterstones.

Have any of these books changed your life, or do you have any other examples of your own?


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