BBL’s Books of the Year: Healthy Life

Each week in December, Books for Better Living will feature our list of top books for the year in the following categories: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life and Best Books of 2011. This week we put together a list of 2011’s best Healthy Life books to help you lead the happiest and healthiest life possible!


The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric

In this book Katie Couric shares all looks back at the years through all of her interviews and compiles it into this amazing book. She passes on advice from everyone from financial guru Suzie Orman and celebrity chef Mario Batali to sports legend Apollo Ohno and politician Michael Bloomberg. Follow Couric’s career though the advice and missteps that helped her along the way and apply it to your own life. One of our favorite bits comes from Madeline Albright: “Never play hide-and-seek with the truth.”—Kerstin Hecker

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women by Valerie Young

Part of living a healthy life is feeling confident in your abilities and talents, and proud of your accomplishments. In this fascinating book, Valerie Young examines why so many people (mostly, but not always, women) suffer from feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that leave them feeling like impostors in their own lives. The best part is that she provides a step-by-step plan to identifying these negative thought patterns and replacing them with the positive, confident mentality that you deserve. What’s healthier than that?—Anna Thompson

The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman

A Stylish home doesn’t have to be meticulously designed or spotless. A lived in home has more character. That’s what Deborah Needleman proves in her book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home. She shows you how to create the background for the best life you can have, with all its joys and imperfections. –Carly Gorga

 The Breakup Bible  By Rachel Sussman, LCSW

Chances are one of your girlfriends, at any given time, is going through a breakup, has just gone through a breakup or is looking for a new relationship. Ah, modern love! Rachel Sussman, LCSW comes to the rescue with The Breakup Bible, a handbook of ways to get over that guy, figure out what YOU want in love and life, and go for it. Perfect for women of all ages, from the first big breakup to divorce, this book will help you way more than any pint of ice cream (that said, we’re all for the pint of ice cream!).—Katie Conneally

How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

My life can easily become multitasking mayhem but this book has all sorts of easy, fast exercises that help me slowdown and focus.  –Camille Collett

ScreamFree Marriage by Hal Runkel

Hal and Jenny Runkel dispel prevailing marital wisdom with accessible anecdotes and radical new concepts about marriage to help couples embrace and learn from the inevitable conflicts that occur in a healthy relationship. With ScreamFree Marriage, couples will discover the formula of Calming Down, Growing Up and Getting Closer through “intimate independence.” A must-read for all couples.—Christina Foxley

The Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook  by Rachel Emma Silverman

The Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook is a user-friendly roadmap to peace of mind. I love that it covers just about every imaginable life and family situation and emphasizes that planning your estate – writing out your will, recording your assets, making end-of-life care decisions – is not solely an issue for the elderly. Keeping your financial life well-organized keeps you in the driver’s seat of your own life.—Catherine Cullen

365 Manners Kids Should Know by Sheryl and Caroline Eberly

In this new day and age, it’s important to make sure your kids know their manners and can behave well in front of company. And that includes no texting at the table! Sheryl and Caroline tackle all the big issues, from Facebook to family gatherings to ways to eat pizza, that will help make your child the most polite and well-mannered kid in the room. If only everything were this easy!—Katie Conneally

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  1. […] The Perfectly Imperfect Home was one of our picks for Best Healthy Life Books of 2011 and with good reason—not worrying too much about your home looking perfect all the time, and creating a comfortable environment for yourself can make you happy and healthy. Aim for something that reflects you and that you enjoy, and remember, a bit of quirk never hurt! […]

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