A while back, a reader asked me to suggest a few good books on the subjects I write about and since she just asked so nicely, and since nearly every single day, books change my life, I thought I’d post an answer for her—and all y’all—here.
So: here are a few of my favorite books about getting happy (really—I cannot recommend any of them highly enough):
The Science of Happiness by Stefan Klein
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Compass of Pleasure by David J. Linden
Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile by Daniel Nettle
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Despite my recommendations, though, the truth is that the best books are the ones you’re personally looking for.
So: my get happy tip for the day: decide what you want to learn a lot more about—what knowledge you’d like to have that would make you happier, whether trivial or profound—then go to the library and get a stack of books on that subject and start reading until you’re an expert on it.
It’s challenging and so fulfilling.
Oh – then come back and tell me what you learned. I’d love to hear about it!
“This is the kind of writing that makes me feel as if I’d sat down with the author on the sofa with cups of tea and we were talking together for hours. The style is so vulnerable …” – Heather
“I don’t know what to say other than it is the most beautiful book that I have ever read.” – Ashley
“Really, I am rather speechless.” – Sarah
“I loved the book!! I couldn’t stop reading it!! It touched me so very much.” – Haydee
“Player has given a beautiful gift to her readers. I was very touched.” – Celia
“Player’s chatty style evokes a realism and empathy for the story. One is able to feel her pain.” – Anonymous
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More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Only one blog talks about whether or not they work. With ratings. (Take that, God.)
- My Favorite Spiritual Practices for Overcoming Depression
- Depression Success Stories and Spiritual Practice Success Stories
I Suspect Inner Peace Is Just a Myth. Here Are Interviews With People Who Disagree.
Some people are such show-offs. But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth listening to.
There’s a Book for That, Too
It’s a great time to get suddenly awesome. So many teachers. So many books.
- Best Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books for Overcoming Depression
- Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday