Want an Extraordinary 2007? Hit the Self-Help Aisle Hard, One Author Urges Fans

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David Seaman, author of college-aged cult hit "The Real Meaning of Life", shares four of his favorite books for the new year. Seaman believes that positive books can make the difference between a mediocre year and a great one. "Spending January holed up in your apartment reading Bukowski and Dostoyevsky -- and other depressing stuff -- makes no damn sense at all," he explained on Monday.

It's a new year, a new shot at creating a self-image that actually works this time around

David Seaman, author of "The Real Meaning of Life" (New World Library) and creator of the Positive Thinking group on social networking site Facebook.com, believes what you read will make the difference between success and failure in 2007.

"It's a new year, a new shot at creating a self-image that actually works this time around," Seaman said, "and spending January holed up in your apartment reading Bukowski and Dostoyevsky -- and other depressing stuff -- makes no damn sense at all."

Instead, the undergraduate junior and outspoken writer is a proponent of hitting the self-help aisle in January. "Look, I know a lot of the stuff out there is cliché-ridden garbage. You have to be smart about what you read -- otherwise you're just killing time. But there are some real gems hidden in the self-improvement aisle of your local bookstore."

Listed below are Seaman's picks for 2007, as also published in his monthly "Real Meaning of Life" newsletter sent out to thousands of college students worldwide. "These are books I've read myself -- books that have changed the way I look at things and made me a better person, all clichés aside. I promise you'll love them."

TAO TE CHING translated by Stephen Mitchell (HarperCollins)

"I had to read this Chinese classic back in an intro philosophy course and it totally sucked. Then I stumbled across this 'new' translation by Mitchell. It's simply beautiful."

THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library)

"I read this originally freshman year of college, like a month before I started my own book. It's been a godsend during stressful times -- if you remember to stay in the Now as Tolle advises, you can never stray too far from your path."

POWER, FREEDOM, AND GRACE by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen)

"I've been a Deepak fan since I read his 'Seven Spiritual Laws of Success' back in high school. This is a return to old-school Chopra; easy to read and profound!"

THE DEFINITIVE BOOK OF BODY LANGUAGE by Allan and Barbara Pease (Bantam)

"Reading this is like being given a 'cheat code' for everyday social interactions. Suddenly I knew how to appear more confident around others, even when I wasn't, and to pick up on when a girl was interested in me. Plus, it has some funny commentary on celebrity body language. You'll love it."

David Seaman has been a guest on WOR Radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, WWMX-FM in Washington D.C. and elsewhere. His first book, "The Real Meaning of Life", is a favorite among college students and was recommended in The Washington Post Book World by bestselling author Terry McMillan. More details on his book and free monthly newsletter are at http://realmeaningoflife.com

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