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 BrenĂ© 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.