Happiness is an abstract word which denotes a feeling common to all human beings. How happiness can be attained, however, differs for each person. Despite this peculiar phenomenon, there is no dearth of advice on how to reach that elusive state of mind which we term happiness. The following books have been endorsed by many readers.
1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale More than 5 million copies of this world wide best seller are in print.
2. The Happiness Animal by Will Jelbert After a bike accident left him in recovery for a year, the author spent three years doing research in the psychology of happiness.
3. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin The author spent a year examining her life and surroundings so that she could focus on things that really mattered to her
4. Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil Dr. Weil presents strategies based on psychology to promote a sense of emotional well-being.
5. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment by Dr. Martin Seligman The author has been dubbed the father of positive psychology. This is a practical guide and includes ways of self-assessment.
6. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert The author is a Harvard psychologist, who demonstrates the misconceptions of our minds.
7. Every Day a Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen Pastor Osteen believes that we can re-capture that joyous holiday feeling daily.
8. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt The author is a professor of psychology. He examines the philosophies of thinkers like Plato and demonstrates how they can be used in today’s world.
9. What makes you happy? How small changes can lead to big improvements in your life by Fiona Robards The author believes that we tend to make choices that interfere with our emotional satisfaction.
10. Howppiness: Happiness and How to be Happier by Jaume Batlle i Perales This technical engineer has followed a multiple approach across disciplines to study happiness.
11. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown This sociologist has written a well researched work. It provides an in depth look at issues surrounding emotional health.
12. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky This book offers strategies to understand and harness our innate ability to be happy.
13. The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama The spiritual leader of the Buddhists affirms that peace and compassion are the cornerstones of happiness.
14. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner This foreign correspondent spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan before setting out to look for â€˜happy places’.
15. Lucky Go Happy: Make Happiness Happen! by Paul Van Der Merwe This insightful story recounts the experiences of Lucky the rat, who is sent to the African Bushveld by Lion to find out what makes other animals happy.
16. Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfilment by Tal Ben Shahar The author has used the principles of positive psychology to show how we can learn to be happy.
17. Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out by Marci Shimoff The author shows how people can be happy regardless of what happens to them.
18. The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Martha N Beck The author recommends ten sets of behaviours which must be followed in our daily routine.
19. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard This French scientist gave up his career to study Buddhism, and uses ancient Buddhist wisdom as a guide to happiness.
20. Happiness Bubbles: 10 Steps to a Happy Life (Happiness Guide) by Adam Deane Ten steps to everyday happiness with real life examples and practical advice are outlined.
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