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Inspiring Reading for the New Year

New year, new you? What a load of aul’ tripe. Every year, we make promises to ourselves; We’ll drink less, lose weight, be bolder and braver, get back to the gym, become the all-singing, all-dancing lord of our office, finally ask out Sheila from the local café….

And sure enough, come February, we’ve packed in all our good intentions and are sitting with friends in a pub bemoaning our uselessness.

This year, instead of trying to make trivial changes, have a look at six books that aim to change the most important thing in the world; our mindset. Self-help books are laden with pitfalls of pure nonsense and wishful thinking. The books we’ve chosen here are different – each one is brilliantly written by an esteemed professional in their respective field, each one offers genuinely surprising, practical and eye-opening advice to ensure you have a wiser, clamer and fuller 2023. All are available from LitVox now.

Happy new year and happy reading!

What if you stopped trying to do everything, so that you could finally get round to what counts?

We’re obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the question of how best to use our ridiculously brief time on the planet, which amounts on average to about four thousand weeks.

Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of the challenge. Rejecting the futile modern obsession with ‘getting everything done,’ it introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing rather than denying their limitations. And it shows how the unhelpful ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t inescapable, unchanging truths, but choices we’ve made, as individuals and as a society. Its many revelations will transform the reader’s worldview. Get your copy here…

Arguably the most practical, usefull and well-written self-help book of the last decade. Smith is a clinical psychologist, perturbed and slightly amazed by how many of her clients kept responding with one question to her practical life advice…”Why has nobody told me this before?”

Diving through a deep range of the mental trials that we all face at some point in our lives, Dr. Smith provides us with the practical lessons that most psychiatric professionals will emply when treating their clients. Smith argues that these lessons and tips are not some arcane, secret knowledge denied to us , but rather simple exercies and habits that can revolutionise our mental health if applied properly.

This is what a great self-help book should be; no nonsense, no pseudo-science, just clear information laid out in an engaging and enlightening way. Many books promise it but few deliver – This book WILL change your life. Get your copy now from LitVox.

Based on the popular BBC podcast, Just One Thing, this book brings to life Dr Mosley’s mission to unearth small, simple things you can introduce into your routine which will have a big impact on your mental and physical health.

Did you know that eating chocolate can help your heart, that singing can give you a natural “high” and that having more houseplants can boost your productivity and brain power?

Dr Michael Mosley unearths a range of Just One Things, whose impacts are so surprising and intriguing you will be desperate to try them out. He chats to experts, road tests all his tips and even enlists the help of some special guests to help you find that one small thing that could really make a difference to how you feel every day.

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Professor Rose Anne Kenny has 35 years of experience at the forefront of ageing medicine. In Age Proof, she draws on her own pioneering research and the latest evidence to demystify why we age and shows us that 80% of our ageing biology is within our control: we can not only live longer lives but become happier and healthier deep into our later years. Effortlessly distilling scientific theory into practical advice that we can apply to our everyday lives, Professor Kenny examines the impact that food, genetics, friendships, purpose, sex, exercise and laughter have on how our cells age.

This illuminating book will show you the steps you can take to stay younger for longer – and will prove that you really are just as young as you feel.

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Isn’t it incredible when science can prove really nice things that make human life on this planet easier? That’s what this wonderful book does.

People who believe ageing brings wisdom live longer.
Lucky charms really do improve an athlete’s performance.
Taking a placebo, even when you know it is a placebo, can still improve your health.

Welcome to The Expectation Effect.

David Robson takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge research happening right now that suggests our expectations shape our experience. Of course, you can’t just think yourself thinner, happier or fitter, but using this book you can reframe many different facets of your life. These easy-to-use skills will help you on your way to becoming the person you want to be, living the life you want to live.

Looking for a jargon-free way to boost your mental health in 2023? Look no further.

In A Toolkit for Your Emotions, Emma takes a deep dive into how we feel and explains all the tools you need to intercept and redirect challenging emotion. From joy to anger, shame to stress and anxiety, Emma has practical and effective ways to feel instantly calmer and more content.

Each topic is illustrated with Emma’s well-loved illustration to make them accessible, meaningful and memorable. Dr Emma Hepburn is the most well-known psychologist on Instagram (@thepsychologymum, 135k followers) and has won numerous awards for her contribution to mental health awareness.

Grab your copy of this mood-boosting gem of a book from LitVox today.