A few years ago for Christmas my mom bought me "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor. I didn't really read it until a few months later when I had run out of books to read for leisure and a professor of mine had advised reading it. After reading it I was really moved, and motivated, to make changes in my life and gain the advantage of happiness in my life. I realized that yes, I was happy in life, but not to the full extent that I could be.

If you want to start the new year off right (without those ridiculous resolutions) try reading one of these top motivational books. It will put you in a phenomenal mindset to start the year off right.

1. "Before Happiness" by Shawn Achor

https://www.google.com/search?q=before+happiness&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiig4HqwcrfAhXOc98KHRHTAqUQ_AUIDygC&biw=1707&bih=886#imgrc=dU0X9DAyQUASyM:

2. "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor

https://www.google.com/search?q=happiness+advantage&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjoq5jug7XfAhUI6YMKHZ7BAFAQ_AUIESgE&biw=1280&bih=610#imgrc=Q9s7hOosWmPJEM:

3. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill

https://www.google.com/search?q=Think+and+Grow+Rich&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiChPazhLXfAhUf24MKHYNJDdAQ_AUIESgE&biw=1280&bih=561&dpr=1.5#imgdii=Ts1Qk5TibrDlDM:&imgrc=2Ttkun_HgcpCjM:

4. "Girl, Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis

5. "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo

https://www.google.com/search?q=life+changing+magic+of+tidying+up&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjRlf7uhLXfAhUK0oMKHWQbBrEQ_AUIECgD&biw=1280&bih=561#imgrc=AEBkm-ZkmsYZeM:

6. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson

https://www.google.com/search?q=subtle+art+of+not+giving+a+f&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj31oyDhbXfAhWG5YMKHX4gAusQ_AUIDygC&biw=1280&bih=561#imgrc=Ja6UoNqTF-R9eM:

7. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey

https://www.google.com/search?q=7+habits+of+highly+effective+people&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjzmtiuhbXfAhVVAxAIHQV5B1cQ_AUIDygC&biw=1280&bih=610&dpr=1.5#imgrc=HkmTeWZElQV_cM:

8. "Eat Move Sleep" by Tom Rath

https://www.google.com/search?q=eat+move+sleep&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgsdKWwsrfAhUGTN8KHbVeB7sQ_AUIDygC&biw=1707&bih=853#imgrc=740Wr75OQ_YFmM:

9. "Happier" by Tal Ben-Shahar

https://www.google.com/search?q=happier+tal&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjJ0OirwsrfAhVNn-AKHVpsAhQQ_AUIDygC&biw=1707&bih=853&dpr=1.5#imgrc=Tqm1S4ERnITndM: