Six Books on Happiness You Need To Read

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If there’s one emotion that just about each human being desires to feel more of out of life, it is happiness. Yet many of us do not know what specifically will that would look like if we had it. And what are the steps necessary to have deep, lasting happiness? However, for a few, a “happy life” brings up visions of an enormous house and shiny cars, I believe that our society is increasingly awakening to the fact that true happiness comes from a more meaningful life: nurturing deeper connections, giving back to the planet, and developing our spiritual selves. When I reflect on the books I’ve loved over the years, I’m in amazement how many of them have encouraged  my very own journey towards finding deeper, soul-changing happiness.

Scroll on for six of my favorite books on happiness…

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, by Gretchen Rubin


The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
, by Gretchen Rubin


This is the ULTIMATE book on happiness – I mean, it was a New York Times bestseller for a very, very long time and with good reason. It was a game-changer for my psyche and helped me to renew my approach to life. It is chocked full of wisdom and well tested theories on how to find happiness in our day-to-day lives.

Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

My library of books on happiness would be incomplete without including Brené. This book will make you start questioning the centuries old beliefs of what it means to belong in our culture, and most significantly, find your most authentic self.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

This is the book that altered my sleep habits — which without a doubt impacts my happiness the most throughout the day. Huffington shares her own medical and emotional crisis that sent her on a mission change her life in pretty wonderful ways. Listen, if the woman behind The Huffington Post schedules time for sufficient sleep, relaxation, and disconnecting, I’m certain it’s safe to say that we should too!

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes


Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person
, by Shonda Rhimes


The creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal chronicles her own journey to overcome her fears and live her best life, and learning to love herself. If you live with anxiety or your fears have stopped you from being the person you desire to be, this book’s for you.

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10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris

This is the book that encouraged me meditate every single day. It takes everything you thought you knew about meditation and turns it on its head, reinforcing the message that meditation is a means to an end which is an intentional life.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist


For anyone that is suffering from the pressure of perfectionism (hand raised) will definitely connect with Niequist’s personal journey from being burned out and overwhelmed to finding happiness in slowing down. It takes a special kind of bravery, simplifying, and use of the sentence “No.” However, she shows us that it will lead you to reconnecting with your truest self and  discovering that you’re worth it.

Tell me in the comments if there are any that I should include on my list!


Take a look at my family’s 2019 Reading List right over here!

xo,

Shelly C.

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