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What are the best books about happiness?

 

If you read Here are the things that are proven to make you happier and want more information, look no further.

Five of the best sources I came across are below, with links and descriptions:

 

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

“Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world’s leading expert on happiness, Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness. Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence in Psychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.” Check it out here.

 

The Happiness Advantage

“In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.” Check it out here.

 

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

“In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger-can enrich and even transform our lives.” Check it out here.

 

The Happiness Project

“In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.” Check it out here.

 

The How of Happiness

“Drawing upon years of her own pioneering research with thousands of men and women, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals that much of our capacity for happiness is within our power. Detailing an easy-to- follow plan, including exercises in new ways of thinking and understanding our individual obstacles, The How of Happiness offers a positive and empowering way to sustain a new level of joy in our lives.” Check it out here.

 

And what if you don’t feel like reading?

“This Emotional Life” is a three part special featuring Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert. You can watch it on PBS or stream it free with Amazon Prime here.

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