Well, we made it! It’s 2021! If you’re one of us who loves January for its resolutions and hopeful potential—like a brand-new notebook at the start of a school year—this short roundup is for you. And if you’re someone who hates January and resolutions, I hope you find something here that inspires you.
January is the Super Bowl of the wellness category, and while there is a plethora of books about feeling good, inside and out, that made my to-read list, this is a list of my top five wellness books to either read or preorder this January.
If we’re just meeting, hello. Here’s one thing to know about me: I adore Martha Stewart. I love that she turned keeping a house into a super-successful business. I love how unapologetic she is. I love her love for animals, and collecting, and the fact that she plows snow. When Martha speaks, I listen. This book shares a collection of Martha’s Good Things, everything from how to best store trash bags to using food waste to infuse oils to create batik-inspired table linens for the Fourth of July.
Read This for Inspiration: Simple Sparks to Ignite Your Life by Ashly Perez
Gosh, this is a pretty book. Perez presents snackable thought starters on how to live intentionally. As a professional reader, I’m really stepping out of my comfort zone by picking a book that doesn’t need to be read cover to cover. This book is for those moments when you need to reset yourself or change your frame of mind. Start 2021 by buying yourself a thoughtful gift. This is the perfect one.
The Dance Cure: The Surprising Science to Being Smarter, Stronger, Happier by Dr. Peter Lovatt
Here’s the thing: I’m a terrible dancer. Being self-conscious about my dancing skills stemmed from my debilitating shyness as child, and a few years ago I made myself regularly take a hip-hop fitness class to come to terms with my terror of dancing in public. And it worked. So I believe already in the power of dance. I know busting a move with my kids always makes me smile, and I can’t wait to learn about the science behind this, as well as why a Scottish country dance may make me more empathetic.
More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament by Lindsay Kite, PhD, and Lexie Kite, PhD
While many people took advantage of 2020’s special challenges by dedicating themselves to running or Keto or something else vaguely painful, many others became just as dedicated to wine or cookies or Prime Video. But no matter what shape your body is on January 1, 2021, this book is a must-read. Lindsay and Lexie Kite are twin sisters and founders of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined. I hope this book helps more women stick up for themselves the same way they would stick up for their friends.
Kross is an award-winning psychologist, and this book reveals how we can take our inner voice and harness it to live happier lives. My colleague Chris has already read this book and can’t stop talking about it; he’s likened it to the excellent book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. It can be hard to separate the compelling and quality pop psychology books from the rest, but this one has his enthusiastic stamp of approval.
A roundup of the best January wellness titles.