Happiness is not an emotion; it’s a state of being. Much has been said about it and there’s much left to be said. But one thing is clear: The pursuit of authentic and lasting happiness is universal.
Wherever you are in your path toward happiness, these five books will help you understand what happiness really means, how to achieve it and most importantly, how to maintain it.
1. The Surprising Science of Happiness
This might come as a surprise to you, but psychologist Dan Gilbert says that getting what you want won’t necessarily make you happy. In fact, people tend to overestimate the pleasure they’ll get from future events.
Gilbert offers scientific proof that happiness can come from within – though from the brain, not the heart.
If you tend to worry too much about your career, goals and life choices, this talk is for you.
2. Authentic Happiness
We’ve all heard that money can’t buy happiness, and yet many of us keep trying to find happiness through material things.
“Materialism seems to be counterproductive: at all levels of real income, people who value money more than other goals are less satisfied with their income and with their lives as a whole, although precisely why is a mystery,” says psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman.
This book is not merely theoretical or descriptive, it offers real guidance to start that path toward long-term happiness.
3. Before Happiness
Achieving happiness is good, maintaining it is even better. Happy people live longer, have better health, are more productive and are more successful. They also generally see obstacles as temporary, while unhappy people tend to see roadblocks as permanent.
With this book, Shawn Achor helps you prepare yourself for happiness, achieve it and maintain it with practical tips and information.
Are you ready for happiness? This book is for you!
4. Broadcasting Happiness
This book has one simple message: Happiness is contagious!
Former national TV newsperson Michelle Gielan describes spreading positive news as “broadcasting happiness.”
She serves up interesting, accessible, if well-known content and sound, practical advice for dealing with negative people.
Pick up this book and start broadcasting happiness today!
To measure how well a country is doing, economists tend to leave out factors intrinsic to human nature – like happiness – out of their calculations. Instead, they focus on things like the GDP. But Bhutan, one tiny Asian country, has defied economists around the world and decided to focus on increasing their “gross national happiness.” What if that was every nation’s goal? Economist Richard Layard proposes that instead of measuring the “Gross National Product” we should be measuring the “General Happiness Quotient.