Improve yourself this year | Books borrowed

Self-help books are always popular, and January is always a popular time for people to reinvent themselves, so it’s no surprise publishers have a slew of new titles on how to get better each year. , and these are popular items for users to borrow from libraries.

So here are a handful of headlines on how to be a better yourself, available for free before committing to any given plan.

The Book of Comfort

By Matt Haig

Here is one that the author intends as a way for people who are going through a difficult time to regain hope.

The publisher describes it as “a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a period of years that originally served as gentle reminders to Haig’s future self that things aren’t always as bleak as they are. they may seem so”.

The Joy of Being Selfish: Why

you need boundaries and how to set them

By Michelle Elman

Elman is an English life coach and social media influencer previously known for her “scared, not scared” message around body positivity. This time around, she encourages readers to put themselves forward: “Often it leaves us with little time or energy for much-needed self-love and self-care, and for discovering who we are. really and what we really want.”

Set limits, find peace: A

Guide to reclaiming

By Nedra Glover Tawwab

Limits seem to be a thing this year. Like Elman, Tawwab has built a reputation on Instagram, but also emphasizes her training as a counselor. “Rooted in the latest research and best practices used in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), these techniques help us identify and articulate our needs clearly and without excuses – and address a fundamental problem behind codependency, power struggles , anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.”

Universal human: create

Authentic Power and New Consciousness

By Gary Zukav

Zukav has previously made the NYT’s bestseller list and promises “the creation of authentic power and the experience of spiritual partnership.” Of his current book, his publishers say, “It points us to a startling new destination – a species that transcends culture, religion, nation, ethnicity and gender, a species whose allegiance is to life first and everything else second – and show us how to get there.

Chain of Kindness: Stories of

kindness and community

By Lady Gaga

One for young adult readers, Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation has put together a collection of inspiring stories from young authors in general about how kindness can uplift us all. “Kindness is inclusion, it’s pride, it’s empathy, it’s compassion, it’s self-respect and it’s the light that guides love.”

Randal Smathers is director of the Rutland Free Library where these books and many other self-help titles can be found.

Colin L. Johnson