Heyo, Nik here with a very special post: The 33 Best Books on Happiness.
Every year, a group of experts publishes the World Happiness Report. Sadly, since 2005, global happiness has been declining. Meanwhile, sadness and anger are on the rise. Worst of all, more and more young people are experiencing mental illnesses, addictions, and their consequences.
It’s tough to stay afloat with everything going on in the world these days. No wonder we can crack at the slightest problem. But then we feel bad for not knowing how to handle it all and slip even deeper into unhappiness.
How do we stop this spiral? How can we actively combat our common enemy? What do we need to stop doing? And which habits will allow us to harness the power of happiness?
Dozens of books can help educate ourselves about happiness from a multitude of perspectives. We can take the view of science, of history, of philosophy, mindfulness, and spirituality.
At Four Minute Books, we’ve hand-summarized over 700 books. In the course of doing so, we’ve learned a thing or two about happiness, and we recorded which experts and books have the most potential to add more joy to your life.
After filtering our records, we’ve curated a big list of the 33 best books on happiness. We’ve now updated and republished this list on Medium in a beautiful, easy-to-navigate format. For each book, we’ve included our favorite quote, a one-sentence-summary, our three key takeaways, and a few points on why you might want to read it.
If you want to be happier, consider the following 33 books, sorted by category. Use the clickable table of contents below to jump to any book or category. If you enjoy, please share and leave up to 50 claps on Medium.
Here are the 33 best books on happiness.
Table of Contents Overall 1. Solve For Happy by Mo Gawdat 2. Stumbling On Happiness by Dan Gilbert 3. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor 4. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt 5. Flourish by Martin Seligman For Beginners 6. The Power Of No by James Altucher 7. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson 8. Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin 9. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie For Advanced Learners 10. Happiness by Richard Layard 11. Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson 12. If You’re So Smart Why Aren’t You Happy by Raj Raghunathan 13. A Guide To The Good Life by William B. Irvine Positive Thinking 14. The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale 15. Loving What Is by Byron Katie 16. Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson Psychology 17. The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha 18. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 19. The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking 20. Habits Of A Happy Brain by Loretta Graziano Breuning Work 21. The Happiness Of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau 22. Ikigai by Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles Mindfulness 23. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma 24. The Miracle Of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh 25. The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle 26. Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn 27. 10% Happier by Dan Harris Spirituality 28. The Art Of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama 29. Trying Not To Try by Edward Slingerland 30. Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson Minimalism 31. The More Of Less by Joshua Becker 32. Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus 33. The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo