Only a few more days left in this year, which means we’ve got New Year’s resolutions on our mind! And if you are actually planning on keeping your resolutions for 2018, let us help you plan ahead! Get some ideas for what to accomplish in the upcoming year as well as some great books to help you along the way.

Keep Fitness a Priority

Growing older does not mean accepting diminished fitness. In Age-Defying Fitness, two of the nations top physical therapists, Marilyn Moffat and Carole B. Lewis, explain how to overcome aches, stiffness, and unsteadiness in muscles and joints and pursue an easy everyday approach to achieving better health.

Educate Yourself

2017 seemed to be a year focused on truth and knowledge—and all things politics. Continue your quest for learning by educating yourself on topics that are important to you. Reading more about how our U.S. Constitution is affecting our current society is just one place to start. From the award-winning team, Cynthia Levinson, children’s book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar, Fault Lines in the Constitution encourages exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.

Get More Involved

If you’re interest in getting more involved, whether it’s making a difference in your community or effecting change on a broader scale, find inspiration in Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite receiving criticism (and being labeled “Most Dangerous Woman in America”) for her efforts to bring peace during World War I, “Dangerous Jane” never gave up, dedicating her life to helping others and affecting change. Her life, and her life’s work, is an “inspiring testament to the power of activism.”

Be a Better Parent

No parent is perfect, but it never hurts to look for ways to be a better parent. This collection of essays, What Works with Children, features advice for parents from forty professionals who have worked with children for at least twenty-five years. What emerges from these essays is the powerful message that a lifetime with children changes and challenges our ideas of what is of real importance—and what is not.* The authors and editors of this book are proud to donate their royalties to Save the Children.

Be Your Own Hero

Heroic figures are always great for inspiration, but use next year to take a page out of Rapunzel’s story and be your own hero. Rapunzel is the perfect book to introduce the idea to your kids or students that, when presented with a problem, they can look for solutions and take action for themselves. No one needs to wait for a prince to save the day.

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