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Here Are The Books You Need To Read If You Want To Be Healthier

If you've been meaning to get healthier and read more — wasn't that on everyone New Year's resolution list? — I have some extremely important information for you.

For the past few months, all I've been doing is reading books about health. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — I'll basically read anything in the self-help section, and I'm not even a little bit ashamed.

Since I probably care more about health and wellness than your average Joe, I decided to take a long, hard look at my bookshelf last week.

Which books were my favorites? Which books were the most accessible to someone who doesn't care a ton about health but wants to be healthier?

Here's what I came up with. Prepare to have your life changed by these six books.

“The Power Of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit, $12, Amazon 

I don't know about you, but I have more bad habits than I'd like to admit. In “The Power Of Habit,” Charles Duhigg examines habits more closely. Why do we do what we do as individuals, at work and as a society? He doesn't leave you hanging, though: Duhigg provides you with a pretty foolproof method for adjusting your bad habits.


“Pretty Happy” by Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson

Pretty Happy, $16, Amazon 

It's not exactly a secret Kate Hudson has an awesome body. On top of that, it seems like she's always laughing. Yep, Hudson is happy and healthy.

If you want to look and feel like Kate Hudson, read “Pretty Happy.” She gives you tools for eating right, exercising well and meditating. After you finish this book, I swear you will feel like you've just gone through the best therapy session of your life.


“Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before, $11, Amazon

I know what you're thinking: Another book on habits? But this one is not to be missed. Ever since her bestselling book “The Happiness Project” hit bookstores in 2009, I've been hooked on Gretchen Rubin.

While Duhigg's book is great for understanding how and why habits form, Rubin spends much of her book focusing on how to build good habits through understanding yourself a little better.


“Wellth” by Jason Wachob

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Jason Wachob

Wellth, $10, Amazon 

As a health writer, mindbodygreen.com is one of my favorite websites — so I was thrilled when I found out its founder, Jason Wachob, had written a book.

As the title suggests, Wachob's book is an exploration on how to be well. The topics he covers range from how to eat right to dealing with losing a loved one. Prepare to be inspired!

“10% Happier” by Dan Harris

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Dan Harris

10% Happier, $12, Amazon 

Dan Harris is an ABC News correspondent who wrote a book about meditation.

I know, right?

Like many Americans, Harris struggled with anxiety for years. It was only after having a panic attack on live TV he decided to take action. The action that worked, ultimately, was meditation.

Prepare to laugh, and eventually take up your own meditation practice.


“The Sleep Revolution” by Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington

The Sleep Revolution, $11, Amazon 

I haven't read this one yet, but as someone who seriously struggles with sleep and can't stand being exhausted, I couldn't be more excited to read Huffington's latest book because, if you ask me, health starts with sleep. We need our rest!


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Leigh is obsessed with all things health, fitness and wellness. When she's not writing about healthy ways to cook with pumpkin and the latest fitness trends, you can probably find her running along the East River or blending up a green smoothie ...
Leigh is obsessed with all things health, fitness and wellness. When she's not writing about healthy ways to cook with pumpkin and the latest fitness trends, you can probably find her running along the East River or blending up a green smoothie ...

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