Happiness Bookshelf

A compilation of the top books on what leads to happiness

The Book of Awesome

The Book of Awesome

Authors: Neil Pasricha,

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The Book of Awesome is like a breath of fresh air in a suffocating world. The world around you seems to be in tatters because of wars, global warming and natural disasters. In the midst of this, Pasricha uses examples like bubble-wraps and Saturday mornings to remind you that good things still exist. And they are usually free-of-charge!

The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Authors: Meik Wiking,

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The CEO of the Happiness Research Institute of Copenhagen finally reveals why Danish people are so happy. And it’s because of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga). Hygge is a feeling of comfort, togetherness and wellbeing. In this book, Wiking shows you how you can develop hygge, in ways like eating cake and lighting candles, to make your life more fulfilling.

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Authors: Gretchen Rubin,

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Money can really buy happiness if you spend it wisely. A pleasant outer atmosphere can really calm down inner turbulence. The challenges and risks in life can give you more happiness than you imagine. These are some of the lessons Gretchen Rubin learned during her 12-month mission to discover happiness.

The Little Book of Lykke

The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People

Authors: Meik Wiking,

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The Little Book of Lykke takes you on a different kind of tour around the world and introduces you to the unique concepts of happiness. From tango in Argentina to dining in France, this book is filled with the little things that have created some of the happiest people in the world. Discover an approach to life that will make every day a happy day.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Eat, Pray, Love

Authors: Elizabeth Gilbert,

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Despite having everything a woman could want, Elizabeth Gilbert experienced a void in her life. It made her realise that happiness doesn’t depend on what society says it does. This book is about her journey around the world in search of the real meaning of happiness and of life.

Authentic Happiness

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Authors: Martin E.P. Seligman,

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Seligman proves to you that you can find your way to happiness by focusing more on your strengths than on your weaknesses. To help you with this, he provides practical tips, exercises and a website-program where you can discover what your strengths are.

The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Authors: Shawn Achor,

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While the rest of the world claims that happiness is a result of success (a promotion or achieving a desired weight), Achor proves to you that it’s really the other way around. Find out what the Tetris Effect and the Zorro Circle are, as well as more ways to make the most of your happiness.

Simple Abundance

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

Authors: Sarah Ban Breathnach,

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Simple Abundance is a book that will help every woman discover her true self and create a unique life out of it. Sarah Breathnach gives you the inspiration to satisfy your spiritual needs, accept the truths life sometimes gives you and learn from its lessons, so you can make every day worth living.

The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

Authors: Neil Pasricha,

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Neil Pasricha reveals some unconventional concepts and changes your perception of every aspect of life. From not taking advice, to getting past the myth of multitasking and retirement, this book will transform your life into one that is more fulfilling, and definitely happier than ever before.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life

A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Authors: Anna Quindlen,

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Existing is not the same as living — this is the epitome of Anna Quindlen’s eloquent work in this book. When she lost her mother at 19, she realized that death was an important reminder that the days of our lives are numbered. So we have no time to take for granted, and must make every moment count.

The Conquest of Happiness

The Conquest of Happiness

Authors: Bertrand Russell,

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In 1930, revolutionary philosopher Bertrand Russell studied the causes of unhappiness in the world, despite better accessibility to apparent sources of joy. Almost a century later, his discoveries still stand true. What he shares in this book is timeless advice to make your life better and give you happiness in every imaginable way.

The Antidote

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Authors: Oliver Burkeman,

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By combining studies from around the world and people of every religion and field, Burkeman reveals the real path to happiness. It isn’t always about relationships, wealth, work or romance because these things can also be the cause of unhappiness. He proves to you that happiness also lies in acceptance — of failures, losses and life’s uncertainties.

Happier at Home

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

Authors: Gretchen Rubin,

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Gretchen Rubin provides wonderful insight to help you make your home a happier place. She also opens your eyes to the little things in life that are easily overlooked. Happier at Home is a book that will convert your house into a home — a place where you experience peace and tranquillity.

The Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Authors: Jonathan Haidt,George K. Wilson

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An award-winning psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, gives you 10 revolutionary ideas extracted from different civilizations of the world. And they are all focused on one thing — happiness. His research-backed discoveries, insights and wisdom are sure to change your life and bring you closer to your own source of happiness.

The Book of Joy

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Authors: Dalai Lama XIV,Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

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This book will help you discover your source of happiness, no matter what life keeps throwing your way. A world-renowned monk, Dalai Lama, and South Africa’s popular archbishop, Desmond Tutu, put their life experiences together and draw out simple and effective ways of remaining joyful no matter what you are going through.

The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Authors: Eric Weiner,

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What is happiness and where do you find it? The Geography of Bliss attempts to answer what leads to happiness across different cultures – whether it is democracy for Switzerland, lack of choices in Singapore, the Bhutanese Gross National Happiness Index or the generally happy people in Ashville, North Carolina. The book is written with engaging wit and surprising insights, that is sure to transform your understanding of happiness.

Flow

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Authors: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,

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What is “flow”? It is a psychological state that makes every experience in life more fulfilling and opens your mind’s creative instincts. Legendary psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, is known for his research into flow. In this book, he illustrates how you can achieve this state, rather than leaving it to fate. As a result, you will discover a new potential you never knew you had.

One Thousand Gifts

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Authors: Ann Voskamp,

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In a unique, spiritually uplifting style, Voskamp shows you how she discovered the art of living a fulfilling life. Unlike other writers who undermine the impact of life’s downturns, she addresses them directly and inspires you to be grateful despite it all, as well as to feel God’s presence amidst the everyday demands of life.

Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

Authors: Daniel Todd Gilbert,

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Why do we forgive partners when they cheat but hold on to petty things like being messy? Why are blind people content with life but people who are losing their eyesight do everything in their capacity to retain it? Daniel Gilbert gives you the answers to these questions, so you can gain a clearer understanding of your own heart and mind.

The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

Authors: Dalai Lama XIV,Howard C. Cutler

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Dalai Lama is known for his positive aura, constant happiness and contagious smile. Even his presence alone is enough to bring smiles to other people’s faces. In The Art of Happiness, he shares the secret to this joy and steers us towards happiness that doesn’t get affected by the tragedies and uncertainties of life.

Resisting Happiness

Resisting Happiness

Authors: Matthew Kelly,

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Sometimes in life, you experience resistance. You procrastinate, ignore your dreams and choose the easy way out, despite knowing that what you have given up will grant you happiness. These experiences are normal, but that doesn’t make them valid. Matthew Kelly shows you how to navigate through them and open the doors of happiness in your life.

Being Happy

Being Happy!

Authors: Andrew Matthews,

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In his genial style of writing, Andrew Matthews illustrates the truest secrets of happiness, that is applicable to people across age groups. Whether you are a teenager, a retired grandparent or a working adult, Matthews’ principles will add color to your life and make it happier and more

Happiness

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Authors: Matthieu Ricard,Jesse Browner, Daniel Goleman

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Matthieu Ricard combines his personal experiences and knowledge from poetry, philosophy and Buddhism to provide a complete handbook for a happier life. Your happiness has to be your top priority. Forsaking it for money, power or fitness will only trick you into temporary moments of “feeling good.” In Happiness, Ricard changes your perspective on life and opens your eyes to the reality of being happy.

Before Happiness

Before Happiness: How Creating a Positive Reality First Amplifies Your Levels of Happiness and Success

Authors: Shawn Achor,

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Shawn Achor introduces a new kind of energy that cannot be put out or destroyed — positivity. Before you feel happiness or experience success in life, you have to start working on the two. In order to do that, you have to change your perception of the world and believe that what you desire is closer to you than you can imagine. Achor provides guidelines that will do just that.

14,000 Things to Be Happy About

14,000 Things to Be Happy About: The Happy Book

Authors: Barbara Ann Kipfer,Pierre Le-Tan

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Barbara Ann Kipfer started her list of things to be happy about when she was a child. Now, her fully compiled and revised book has 14,000 such things. From scrabble games and baby burps to cupcakes with sugar sprinkles and 20 minutes of seclusion, this book has the key to painting a smile across your face.

The Happiness Curve

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50

Authors: Jonathan Rauch,

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Jonathan Rauch reveals to you the reason why the happiness you feel as a teenager wears down by the time you’re 30, only to get worse in your 40s. He demonstrates life and happiness as a curve, and claims that the curve turns upwards again, in your 50s. For this to happen, you have to make it through the difficult periods, and he shows you how.

No Solid Ground

No Solid Ground: Renewable Contentment and Sustainable Happiness in an Age of Uncertainty

Authors: Jeffrey Joe Miller,

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Professional psychologist Jeffrey Joe Miller offers five steps to give you mental peace and maintain a harmony between your mind and your body. His guidance will mold you into a better and stronger individual who is able to cope with life’s uncertainties and experience an undying contentment with it.

The How of Happiness

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

Authors: Sonja Lyubomirsky,

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If you want to be responsible for your own happiness and feel the urge to change your life, Sonja Lyubomirsky holds the guidelines to them. The How of Happiness is a uniquely compiled book, based on scientific research that gives you simple, practical, and easy-to-follow techniques and strategies that will bring happiness into your life, and keep it there permanently.

The 4:8 Principle

The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life

Authors: Tommy Newberry,

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We are so used to looking at life from the eye of pain — as if every moment of it is about recovering from something traumatic. In The 4:8 Principle, Newberry eliminates this toxic notion and makes you realize a life of happiness and purpose; the life God has given you.

Real Happiness

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

Authors: Sharon Salzberg,

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Sharon Salzberg reveals the power of meditation. It can help you cope with stress, enrich your life with peace, give you a strong sense of identity, strengthen your ties with people, help you face your fears, improve your attention span, and even reduce physical pain. And it could start by the simple act of sitting down somewhere, and taking a long, deep breath.

The Book of Awakening

Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

Authors: Mark Nepo,

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Mark Nepo is a renowned philosopher and a cancer-survivor. His insights on life — its tragedies, joys and celebrations — will change how you’ve been living and open your eyes to a new perspective. One where love, friendship and compassion stand above all.

Mental Traps

Mental Traps: The Overthinker’s Guide to a Happier Life

Authors: Andre Kukla,

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Andre Kukla reveals some mental traps and how they sabotage most of our life. For example, excessive worry about the future at the expense of the present and overthinking about events in life that are beyond our control. He helps you get out of these traps so you can experience what he calls “a liberated consciousness” where you feel genuine freedom in life.

The Greatest Miracle in the World

The Greatest Miracle in World

Authors: Og Mandino,

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With his gifted talent of writing, Og Mandino takes you on a spiritual journey. He shares the lessons he has learned in his life and unveils some of life’s greatest secrets. This book will give you the key to happiness that doesn’t depend on anyone and to success in every aspect of your life.

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