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Read Your Way to Happiness

January 17, 2012

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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.

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Great book, New York Times bestseller. My full review is here. Love her blog, too.

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:

The How of Happiness, by Sonja Lyubomirsky. I like her blog on Psychology Today, and I keep tripping over references to this book in other places, so it’s in my to-be-read file.

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!

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