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Book review: You Can Change Your Life

You Can Change Your Life coverNew Year’s resolutions are pretty much just a running joke. Every year, millions of people swear they’re going to lose weight, write a book, find a new job, you name it…and every year, most of them give up on their resolution within a few weeks.

I’m gonna bet you can relate. (I know I sure can!) Anyone who’s ever decided to exercise more, quit smoking, spend less money, or any other life change knows how hard it is to actually put that decision into practice. It’s so easy to lose steam, get discouraged, and eventually just give up.

Is it because we don’t really mean it when we vow to make a change? No, it just means we don’t have the right tools to stick to our vows on a day to day basis. Which is why I was super-excited to read the book You Can Change Your Life by Rob Yeung. It’s a great resource for anyone who’s ever wanted to improve their lives, in any way, and it’s not like all the other “self-help” books out there.

The basics

There’s a lot that goes into changing something in your life…and sticking with that change. In this book (which is down to earth, straightforward and super-easy to read), Yeung explores all the different factors that go into making a change that lasts.

Packed with all sorts of interesting scientific studies on the way our minds and willpower work (explained in an easy to understand manner), Yeung provides us with simple methods to successfully set reachable goals, keep ourselves motivated, get over setbacks, and create a support network so that we can actually see our resolutions through. While the title may sound like just your average “you can do it!” self-help book, it’s actually really practical and full of great advice you can put into action right now.

My take (i.e. You should read this!) 🙂

I’ve read a lot (and I mean a lot) of self-improvement books (happiness is kind of my thing), and I have to say this is honestly one of my new faves. Even if you don’t normally read books like this, it’s so un-fluffy and relatable that anyone can get a ton of great advice from it, and be surprised at how interesting the science of change really is. I found myself flying through whole chapters and constantly thinking, “Wow, that makes sense…How did I not think of that?”

Whether you want to be more optimistic, get along with your s.o. better, or any other change big or small, I would highly recommend picking up this book. It’s like Improve Your Life 101 and a great staple for anyone’s library who wants to make their lives better. In fact, I have a feeling I’m going to be coming back to it a lot whenever I make a new change in my life!

What areas in your life could use some improvement? Can you relate to the typical New Year’s resolution fail?





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