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The GOOD Gift Guide: Non-Self-Help Books That Will Improve Your Life

5 lovely, inspiring, informative books that don’t scream “you need help.”

Under no circumstances should you ever gift someone a self-help book. But giving a present that has the end result of improving the receiver’s life? That just might be priceless. It’s a hard trick to pull off, though. We’ve selected a few nifty, new publications that happen to be both aesthetically dreamy and intellectually stimulating, all but assuring your loved one will be more creative, a better cook, more globally savvy, happier, or perhaps just the coolest person at their next party.

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How to Actually be Successful in Achieving Your 2014 Goals

If you’re looking to make a change, then stop worrying about results and start worrying about your identity.

Change is hard. You’ve probably noticed that.

We all want to become better people—stronger and healthier, more creative and more skilled, a better friend or family member. But even if we get really inspired and start doing things better, it’s tough to actually stick to new behaviors. It’s more likely that this time next year you’ll be doing the same thing than performing a new habit with ease. Why is that? And is there anything you can do to make change easier?

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