Let’s be honest: not all of us jumped feet-first into the new year with a sigh of relief and a smile, just grateful that 2016 was finally, finally over. In fact, I’d bet that a lot of us (and yeah, OK, I might be projecting a little here) greeted 2017 with a weary groan and some major eye rolling — and while I’ll be the first to tell you that your chagrin is totally justified, I’ll also be the first to admit when I myself need a little help finding a more positive attitude about life. For me, between all the half-hearted resolutions I’ve already broken and the fact that starting this year off with a bang just seems plain exhausting, now is the perfect time to check out some of these books that will help you find a more positive outlook.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: reading a stack of cheery self-help books about happiness and gratitude sounds about as fun as running a 10K in those heels you kicked off the minute the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. And I totally hear you. Which is why there is not a single book on this list that will knock you out with forced joie de vivre — I promise. Instead, the books on this list keep it real, offer some very refreshing sass and sarcasm, are totally relatable, and will actually give you some helpful tips for shaking off the dust of last year and powering yourself forward — in positivity and light. (And sass, when needed.)