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!
Inspiration from the other side.
You’ve been on the spiritual path for a good while now. You’ve read the books. Maybe even met a guru or two. Sometimes, though, you need a different kind of inspiration. Inspiration from someone who knows how hard this inner peace stuff really is.
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. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)