In case you haven’t heard, staying in is the new going out—and fortunately, a whole stack of books worth curling up with have come out this year.
Bonus: Everything on this list will better your life in some way, whether it sparks happiness, inspires you to finally switch to a clean beauty routine, gives you an inside peek behind the fitness industry curtain, or teaches you what foods can actually grow you new brain cells (seriously).
Here are the 10 must-read, wellness-related books of 2016, according to Well+Good editors.
Is there anyone more comforting and compassionate to turn to in a crisis than Well+Good’s Wellness Council member Gabrielle Bernstein? Whether it’s offering guidance post-election, tips for curing anxiety in mere minutes, or demonstrating how to take a light bath, she radiates peace. In her latest book, Bernstein shares how to turn fear into faith. Looking for inspiration on how to turn your 2017 goals into realities? Let this book guide you.
Millions—literally, millions—of people have adapted Melissa Hartwig’s Whole30 program, cutting out sugar, dairy, alcohol, and pseudo-grains to figure out what exactly their problem foods are. And while Hartwig has written cookbooks to help followers craft delicious meals while staying on track, her latest tome Food Freedom Forever goes deeper, touching upon why so many people have anxiety or bad feelings when it comes to what they eat. Mealtime should be enjoyed, so if it’s something that stresses you out, her book will help you uncover why—and how to move forward with a healthier, happier attitude.
After convincing the world of the magic in tidying up, organizer extraordinaire Marie Kondo revealed how to tackle literally every room in your house with her illustrated step-by-step guide, Spark Joy. Planning on nesting inside for the remainder of winter? Your home should be your sanctuary, not a cluttered mess that stresses you out.
It turns out, it’s 100 percent possible to eat yourself smarter. Fifty Shades of Kale author Dr. Drew Ramsey, MD, reveals exactly which foods will help you to grow new brain cells in his latest book, Eat Complete. There’s also 100 recipes inside, so whipping them up in time for dinner is a no-brainer.
If you want to become a green beauty guru, this one will become your bible. In it, Deborah Burnes shares her recipes for everything from luscious scrubs and acne treatments to cleansers and much more using herbs and plants. Doesn’t solving your skin probs using aloe vera, witch hazel, and mint tea sound so much more appealing than relying on toxic chemicals?
Bloomberg bureau chief Jason Kelly’s book Sweat Equity is a fascinating read on how working out became a multibillion dollar industry. It will definitely give you something to think about as you pedal hard at your next spin class.
The plant-based eating trend exploded this year, making vegan, gluten-free superstar Ella Woodward even more of a food phenom. Fans of her first cookbook anxiously awaited her second, Deliciously Ella Every Day, which quickly became an international best seller, too. Dog-ear her recipes for hearty winter faves like mushroom risotto (dairy-free, natch).
Whether you want to start thinking like a Buddhist or would just love to shake a subtle yet constant anxiousness, this book can help. Andy Puddicombe is the creator of the crazy successful Headspace app, and his book is full of meditations techniques designed to help you sleep better, improve personal relationships, and be all-around less stressed out. Sold yet?
What you eat definitely manifests itself outwardly (anyone who’s ever had a dairy-related breakout can attest to that), but with Jolene Hart’s book, your skin will never look better. Eat Pretty Every Day has 365 inspirations related to beauty nutrition, that are all backed by science. Plus, how lovely will it look on your coffee table?
Ah, that eternal, endless search for happiness. Chade-Meng Tan’s book certainly won’t be the last on the subject, but there’s a reason why it became a New York Times bestseller: He shares some very insightful, valid ways to find joy based on what you already have. If you want to be one of those people who radiates happiness, add this one to your list.
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the best books of 2016, it’s time to look forward: These 15 wellness trends will totally dominate 2017. And here’s why your home is about to get even cozier.