Sweet Reads: 16 Books to Boost Your Happiness

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In a world that often seems chaotic and fast-paced, finding happiness can be a challenge. Thankfully, literature has long been a source of inspiration and guidance on the journey to a happier life. If you’re looking to cultivate joy and positivity, here’s a curated list of 16 books about happiness that are sure to lift your spirits and provide valuable insights.

1. Happier – by Dr Tal Ben Shahar

“Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvard’s recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice.”
–Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
  • Self-Help
  • Happier
  • Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D.
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ben-Shahar, Tal (Author)

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin takes readers on a year-long experiment to increase happiness in her life by implementing small, achievable changes. Her journey is relatable, practical, and full of wisdom.

The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  • Rubin, Gretchen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 12/29/2015 (Publication Date) - Harper Paperbacks (Publisher)

3. The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky shares evidence-based strategies and activities that can increase happiness and life satisfaction.

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want
  • Lyubomirsky, Sonja (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 12/30/2008 (Publication Date) - Penguin Books (Publisher)

4. The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler

In this insightful collaboration, the Dalai Lama and psychiatrist Howard Cutler explore the keys to lasting happiness, blending Eastern philosophy with Western psychology.

The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Lama, Dalai (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 10/01/2009 (Publication Date) - Riverhead Books (Publisher)

5. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

Discover the concept of Ikigai, the Japanese philosophy that focuses on finding purpose and meaning in life, leading to a more fulfilling and joyous existence.

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
  • Hardcover Book
  • García, Héctor (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 08/29/2017 (Publication Date) - Penguin Life (Publisher)

6. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s classic emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment as a path to true happiness. Learn to free yourself from the burdens of the past and worries about the future.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
  • The Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Tolle, Eckhart (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 236 Pages - 08/19/2004 (Publication Date) - New World Library (Publisher)

7. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

A Buddhist monk and scientist, Matthieu Ricard shares insights on cultivating happiness through mindfulness, compassion, and altruism.

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
  • Matthieu Ricard (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 01/05/2007 (Publication Date) - Little, Brown and Company (Publisher)

8. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explores the science of happiness, shedding light on why our brains often lead us astray in the pursuit of joy.

Stumbling on Happiness
  • Gilbert, Daniel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 03/20/2007 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

9. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Drawing on his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl explores the human search for purpose and meaning, providing profound insights into finding happiness in the face of adversity.

Man's Search for Meaning
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Frankl, Viktor E. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 188 Pages - 06/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Beacon Press (Publisher)

10. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing with Elizabeth Gilbert as she travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia in search of balance, joy, and meaning.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
  • Great product!
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 01/30/2007 (Publication Date) - Riverhead Books (Publisher)

11. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A timeless tale of self-discovery and following one’s dreams, “The Alchemist” encourages readers to listen to their hearts and pursue their passions for a fulfilling life.

The Alchemist
  • Attractive paperback with scene of the desert and hills beyond. In
  • colors of tan, orange and brown.
  • Paulo Coelho (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 197 Pages - 04/25/1993 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

12. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Carol Dweck explores the concept of mindset and how adopting a growth mindset can lead to increased happiness, success, and resilience.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Dweck, Carol S. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 12/26/2007 (Publication Date) - Ballantine Books (Publisher)

13. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Learn the power of small habits and their impact on long-term happiness and success in this insightful book by James Clear.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  • Hardcover Book
  • Clear, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 10/16/2018 (Publication Date) - Avery (Publisher)

14. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Explore the concept of inner freedom and transcending the self in Michael A. Singer’s transformative guide to achieving lasting happiness.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • Divided into five parts, the book offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, he examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue that all of us live with.
  • Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show readers how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment and the embrace of universal consciousness are the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of "unconditional happiness."
  • Throughout, the book maintains a light and engaging tone, free from heavy dogma and prescriptive religious references. The easy exercises that figure in each chapter help readers experience the ideas that Singer presents.
  • Michael A. Singer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

15. The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams

A heart-warming conversation between two spiritual giants, this book explores the nature of joy and provides practical advice for leading a more joyful life.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • Hardcover Book
  • Lama, Dalai (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 09/20/2016 (Publication Date) - Avery (Publisher)

16. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Dive into the Danish concept of hygge, focusing on creating a cozy and contented life through simple pleasures and connections with loved ones.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (The Happiness Institute Series)
  • Like-new book in excellent condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wiking, Meik (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 01/17/2017 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

Whether you’re seeking practical advice, philosophical insights, or heart-warming stories, these 16 books about happiness offer a diverse range of perspectives to inspire and guide you on your journey toward a more joyful and fulfilling life. Happy reading!

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Luca is the founder of XPATGirls.com. No, it’s not a he, but a she and she’s not Italian but Romanian. She’s currently based in sunny Portugal and in her past life she was a world traveling fashion model jumping from one exotic location to the next. Her motto in life is that the world is a book – the more you see the better the story. While she has a great interest for fashion and travel, her love for people is greater. She is a certificated coach in positive psychology and a happiness trainer. On top of that, a proud mom of twins. She thinks being a mom is the most challenging, difficult and definitely most rewarding jobs she has ever had.

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