Five Best Happiness Books of All Time
Here are five books that have helped millions of people to understand and improve their personal happiness. We choose both the classic as well as the practical and up to date. Some are easy to read story format like The Happy Class and 10% Happier. We hope you will find one that fits your needs.
1. The Happy Class – Jay Knight
The Happy Class: Russ Morison’s Keys to Happiness
Summary: Looking for simple understandable helps you can immediately apply to your own life – this is your book.
If you only have time for one book right now, this is it. The book is fun, happy and easy to read. No ‘psychobabble’, just simple to understand ideas you can make your own.
The book weaves its happiness helps in a story that gives you not only the ideas, but as you read them you are emerged in a live example of how they work. As you read story, you will learn easy methods of decision making, partner picking, life expansion, and specific ways to find and keep True Happiness.
Goodreads rating: (4.3)
2. The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama
Summary: Looking for a deeper understanding of happiness and how it is achieved, then this is your book.
Famous guy and famous book: it is conversations, stories and meditations that the Dalai Lama shows paths toward living and being happy. This book is a ground level look at happiness and is based on 2,500 of Buddhist meditation and writing with common sense added. These are the building blocks of happiness like ‘Is romantic love true love?’. While the Dalai Lama’s answers may seem simplistic is is that simplicity which gives the reader a foundation. It is a huge best seller and is on everyone’s list of happiness reads.
Goodreads rating: (4.2)
Summary: The Book of Joy is his newer one – they are both worth a read. The Book of Joy brings two thought leaders together on one topic by adding Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama. Together through their friendship, you get the underlying concept of abundant joy and the spiritual way to achieve it.
Goodreads rating: (4.4)
3. 10% Happier – Dan Harris
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
Summary: Looking for a book that will help you deal with a stressful life. Here it is.
This is a different approach to the topic. Dan Harris writes a wild personal journey to find out why he wasn’t happy. The result is an excellent read that can help many people who feel a bit overwhelmed. Dan’s on-air meltdown was the inspiration of Dan’s journey and this book.
This book is a meditation based approach to improving your happiness even if you don’t think you have the time to devote to. Dan helps you how to ease into it and make it part of your life.
This is a good book for people who feel under too much stress.
Goodreads rating: (3.9)
4. The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck MD
Summary: Looking for help in turning your live in the right direction, this is the classic.
Everyone knows this concept of ‘a road less travelled’. This book is why. You wouldn’t think a book that helps people be happier would start with the concept that ‘Life is difficult.’ Well seven million sold copies later we know the answer is a resounding yes. This book helped define a generation and is still a great read on happiness.
You should enjoy reading the spiritual and happiness journey the book follows.
Goodreads rating: (4.0)
5. The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale
Summary: Looking for a plan to getting all you want out of live happiness and success together, pick this.
While the bible may be the original self-help book and the greatest one at that, Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking is a classic and one of the first. Again, a powerful best seller with five million copies sold.
You will discover why people are drawn to it as it has practical ideas you can do. It covers both the simple things as well as spiritual and more complex: help with how to stop worrying and be more relaxed, how to reach your goals without stress.
Goodreads rating: (4.1)