6 Must-Read Books on Happiness

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As the adage goes, “There are many paths to the top of the mountain”. And it would be safe to say that the same rule applies when it comes to the pursuit of happiness. Whether you are looking for inspirations or ideas on how to be happy, here are some good reads about happiness.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
by Martin E. P. Seligman

Psychologist Martin Seligman takes a different approach to wellbeing. In this book, he talks about the role of optimism, sense of purpose, positive relationships, and motivation in work in the quality of life.

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
by Matthieu Ricard and Michel Raimbault

Matthieu Ricard is a scientist with a degree in molecular genetics who decided to become a Buddhist-monk. He shares insights on how happiness is not about the constant pursuit of pleasures associated with it. Rather, it is about the things you do that make way for happiness. A good read for those who want to learn more about the effects of mindfulness and meditation.

Stumbling On Happiness
by Daniel Gilbert

With stories and concepts based on research, this is an interesting read for anyone who wants to understand more about happiness. It mixes humor with science-backed researches that provide a glimpse into the mind’s capacity for illusion and limited understanding when it comes to happiness.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
by Oliver Burkeman

The Antidote offers a different perspective on constant search for happiness and how it may actually lead to misery. It takes a look into the views on happiness of a group of people from different backgrounds. And how happiness can be achieved by embracing the things positive thinking tends to bury.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner shares insights on his personal experiences traveling the world in search of the happiest places. This is a book that will not only give you a glimpse into what happiness means to a place and how it may vary from one country to the next. It will also inspire a wanderlust that will make you want to pack your bags and head out to Bhutan and Switzerland among other places across the globe.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brené Brown

Authenticity and self-worth anchored on a belief that you are enough are among the things that make for a fuller life according to this book by Brené Brown. Here she explores feelings of shame and how living up to society’s expectations can hinder people’s ability to get the most out of life.

7 Things Happy People Do That We Could All Learn From

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Want to be happy now? Look no farther than the happiest people around you. You might be surprised to find out that their “secrets” are also something that you can do every day. Here are some of the things happy people do that we could all learn from.

They are driven but not hurried.
Happy people are driven with a purpose, but not rushed by constant busyness. They focus their time, energy, and resources on things that matter most. They know how to prioritize and deal with distractions that could steal their time away from things they need to do.

They nurture relationships.
People who exude happiness develop healthy personal and professional relationships. They set boundaries, show respect, and treat others fairly. They do not engage in gossip or compare themselves with others.

They invest on experiences.
Happy people invest more on experiences than material things. They spend more money on things they can experience and learn from instead of buying more stuff. Travel, education, and training are just some of the things they choose to invest on.

They focus on solutions not problems.
People who enjoy happiness in their daily life have their share of struggles. But they do not dwell on their problems. Instead, they take control of what they can and seek solutions to overcome obstacles. They look at problems as challenges and opportunities for growth.

They spend their time wisely.
Happy people do not squander their time. They wisely choose how, where, and with whom they spend it with. They surround themselves with positive people. They avoid spending more time than necessary with people who exude negativity or anyone who may inadvertently drag them down.

They take care of their health.
Happy people take time to exercise and take care of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. They develop habits that help them take good care of their health.

They accept setbacks and move on from things that cannot be changed.
Things do not always go as planned even for happy people. They also experience failures like the rest of us. But what makes them different from others is the way they deal with setbacks. They do not mistakes stop them from trying again. They use setbacks as stepping stones to achieve what they need to do. And more importantly, they know how to let go and move on from things that cannot be changed.