ReadersMagnet Review recommends these five beautiful books about life, positivity, and happiness to start your 2022.

Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes by Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph. D.

Definitely one of the most compelling reads published recently. “Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes” by Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski is a collection of eight (8) thought-provoking and heartwarming essays about life, love, faith, self-love, romantic love, fate, and positivity. Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski writes from her fifty years of experience working with all ages, sexual orientations, and walks of life. In this book, Piorkowski elaborates on psychological realities that are different from popular culture’s rendition of life, e.g. not all positive thinking is helpful, not all narcissism is unhealthy, and not all anger is unproductive. “Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes” is an enlightening and well-written book that contains a wealth of wisdom from a retired clinical psychologist who has authored many psychological articles and two earlier books on romantic love.

The Positivity Workbook for Teens by GoaliSaediBocci and Ryan M. Niemiec

The teenage years are the most exciting time to be alive. This is a time for discovering one’s self and learning new things. Teenagers experience many things and encounter life’s surprises and realities for the first time. That said, it is essential to provide them with the support they need and the guidance for them to enjoy this chapter in their lives to the fullest. The Positivity Workbook for Teens by Goali Saedi Bocci and Ryan M. Niemiec offers a toolkit for helping young people find their inner strengths to face life’s challenges. Suppose you are looking for a book to help boost self-confidence, boost a positive attitude, and cope with life’s inevitable stress. In that case, The Positivity Workbook covers all aspects of empowering today’s young individuals.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D.

More than a decade since its publication, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D., continues to provide guidance and wisdom to readers who want to achieve success in various fields of endeavor. Whether it’s school, career, sports, arts, and other interests, Mindset shows how to adopt a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. Dr. Dweck reminds us that our success is determined by how we think about our talents and abilities. Those who embrace the idea that abilities and talents can be developed and further honed to perfection can reach greater heights and enjoy more years of success than those who believe that talents are fixed abilities. Mindset is a great tool to start the year right and gain remarkable momentum.

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt

We all seek happiness and fulfillment in life. We often find ourselves in complicated situations and unnecessary burdens in our quest for happiness. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by award-winning American social psychologist Jonathan Haidt is a remarkable guide on how ancient wisdom can guide our modern quest for happiness and growth. The Happiness Hypothesis features ten great ideas discovered by great civilizations and their continuing impact on the human psyche and evolution. Haidt, an expert in the psychology of morality and moral emotions, discusses the uses of adversity, balance, love, attachments, and the pursuit of happiness, to name a few.

If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair: A Manual for Life by Anya Hindmarch

Despite life slowing down because of the pandemic, most of us still live a hectic schedule and have to deal with the stress and hassles of modern living. If In Doubt, Wash Your Hand by Anya Hindrich offers a refreshing take on how to overcome daily adversities. Filled with humor, wisdom, and practicality, Anya Hindmarch’s 2021 masterpiece is based on her experiences as a mother of five, stepmother, entrepreneur, and globally renowned businesswoman. For those who appreciate practical tips and quick fixes, If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair will be an enjoyable and enlightening read, not only for mothers but for readers regardless of gender and age, as the book covers issues and themes most of us can relate.