The 33 Best Books on Happiness

Sourced from over 700 hand-summarized titles

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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


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


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


21. The Happiness Of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
22. Ikigai by Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles


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


28. The Art Of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama
29. Trying Not To Try by Edward Slingerland
30. Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson


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