I often write about happiness on this blog; it’s a big interest of mine, professionally and personally. I also read about happiness a lot. Here are some of my favorite books:
Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahar. Last year, this was the book that started me on my happiness journey and I re-read it often. It opened my eyes to the field of positive psychology.
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I suppose this isn’t technically a “happiness” book, but because it’s a memoir of one woman’s search for happiness (and it’s so wonderfully written) I include it here. Plus, I have a major girl-crush on Elizabeth Gilbert. Check out her awesome TED talk, too.
Spontaneous Happiness, by Andrew Weil. I gobble down so much of what the good Dr. Weil has to say, it gets embarrassing. He’s a beacon of wisdom and advice, and was pioneering ahead in integrative medicine way before it was fashionable. I was very excited to see him turn his attention to the subject of happiness.
And here’s what I’m going to read next:
Authentic Happiness, by Martin Seligman. Because he’s commonly regarded as the founding father of positive psychology, my happiness education will never be complete until I read this.
The Nine Rooms of Happiness, by Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of SELF magazine, and Catherine Bindorf, MD. This looks like it has a cute/clever analogy for happiness (nine rooms of a house)…plus I like SELF magazine, I admire Lucy Danziger, and Catherine Bindorf is a psychiatrist, so it definitely hits the list.
Anybody else have recommendations for books about happiness? I’m always *happy* to add to my reading list!