In just 12 months, you can change your life. Take control of your future by picking up The Art of Extreme Self-Care (Hay House, 2009) by best-selling author Cheryl Richardson, and begin a fulfilling journey that reminds us all about the dangers of self-neglect and the importance of appreciating one's self-worth. Extreme self-care is simple if you make taking care of yourself a priority, Richardson says. The handbook provides 12 strategies to transform your life one month at a time by altering one negative behavior each month. By doing so, Richardson says, you will be on your way to achieving your goals. Lessons include: End the Legacy of Deprivation, teaching how to identify what you need more of in your life and do what it takes to get it; Take Your Hands off the Wheel, revealing how to let go of control and allow others to take the wheel for awhile; and Let Me Disappoint You, explaining how to say no to people who ask you to do things that you don't have the time or the inclination to do. Such tasks are often difficult to face and the action-oriented program takes patience, commitment and practice, Richardson says, but mastering the art of extreme self-care is worth it. "Doing so actually allows us to make our greatest contribution to the world," Richardson writes in her book. "The choice to live a life that reflects the tenets of extreme self-care is critical if we want to make a difference in the world." —A.F.