What Are the Best Books About Happiness?

Sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact on your joy radar.

Courtesy of  Samuel Taft / EyeEm / Getty Images 

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.

Join 25K+ readers. Get a free weekly update via email here.

Originally published at www.bakadesuyo.com

We’d love to know your thoughts on Thrive stories and Quaker products. Take our quick survey here! [Sponsored]

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


Give yourself permission to be human! An interview with Harvard Professor and Happiness expert Tal Ben-Shahar.

by Sunita Sehmi
Aleksander Rubtsov/ Getty Images

Happiness is Being Responsible For Your Own Experience

by Thomas Oppong

A Clinical Psychologist Explains Why Finding Happiness Can Be So Complicated

by Mary Lamia

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.