We sifted through the season's life-improvement books to help you become more clever, more relaxed, more satisfied—and more realistic about how long it will take to make new habits stick.
By Corrie Pikul
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A Way to Unplug—Without Making a Pilgrimage to Nepal
Practice reading the old-fashioned way (i.e., without checking e-mail after every paragraph).
"We often become reliant on being stimulated by multiple sensory channels—from sounds, sights, tastes, smells and behaviors. The effect of this is a craving, like an addiction, of constantly needing more sensory stimulation. And without this flood of sensory information, it has become common for people to feel chronically bored and sluggish... it's important to retrain ourselves to require much less stimulation. Set aside certain times during the week for focusing on one or two sensory channels. An easy way to start is to concentrate solely on reading one article without stopping or multitasking."