Self-Acceptance in the New Year | Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library 

Self-Acceptance in the New Year

Self-Acceptance in the New Year

On December 31st it is tradition to set a New Year’s resolution to kick things off right. Maybe you want to better stay in touch with friends, make more money, or start a hobby. But according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted in 2019, the top three New Year’s Resolutions include changing bodies—losing weight, going on a diet, and hitting the gym. And yet, 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. So, what if we entered the New Year with more self-acceptance and information instead? To appreciate the bodies that have carried us our entire lives and avoid let-down diets?

The kindness we extend to our loved ones, friends, and co-workers doesn’t often extend to ourselves. What we perceive as physical faults we can supposedly fix with more “discipline” are not ones we would point out in others. So, step into 2020 with some good books to help you embrace the you that is already so very you—but with a kinder attitude and more knowledge.

Need a book for the whole year? Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance helps women and girls, regardless of their appearance, learn to appreciate themselves through creativity and mindfulness. If you’re feeling defeated, stories about self-worth may help you on your journey. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are emphasizes compassion and being more honest about what an authentically lived life looks like.

If you are interested in health but worried about diet fads, there are books for that, too. Diet Cults and Why Diets Make Us Fat are texts that look at reasonable food choices and the neuroscience behind why people who diet almost always fail.

Ring in the New Year with more confidence and reasonable expectations, and you’re sure to have a more empowered start to your 2020.

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