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6 Best Books On Happiness

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March 23, 2018

In this post, hiMoment has compiled a list of some of the best books on happiness.

Whether you’re an enthusiast who likes to learn more about the topic of positive psychology or someone who’s trying to get a little bit happier, these books are packed with fascinating insights and practical tips for increasing our everyday happiness level.

Best Books on Happiness

Stumbling On Happiness by Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert, a Harvard Psychology professor, explains how humans are very often wrong in predicting what makes them happy in the first place.

In his book “Stumbling on happiness” he points out these cognitive errors and explains how most of us repeat the same type of mistakes.

At first glance, the book may seem to carry a negative message, but the whole point is to try to be skeptical of our wishes and desires in the pursuit of happiness.

Dan Gilbert’s TED talk called “The Surprising Science of Happiness” is one of the most viewed on the site.

Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman

In modern psychology, learned optimism is an idea that the happiness and joy can be cultivated, while the negative self-talk can be challenged.

This is exactly what Martin Seligman teaches in his book.

His idea expands on the previous ABC model by Albert Ellis. If you’re unfamiliar with this, the ABC model consists of adversity, beliefs, and consequences.

A – an event that causes you stress and anxiety

B – your interpretation of that event

C – the action from the belief caused by adversity

Seligman adds “D” – disputation, and “E” (energization) to the ABC model.

Disputation means challenging the negative thoughts from A and C using evidence and E means that over time the feelings become more positive.

Learned optimism is a valuable book with practical steps that can help you learn this new way of thinking.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The main point of Csikszentmihalyi’s book is the idea that our happiness levels can be increased by introducing more FLOW moments in our life.

He described the state of FLOW like this;

“Flow is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”

A large section of the book is dedicated to the examples of how we can achieve the flow in the various areas of our lives.

Overall, this is an interesting book that touches the topic of happiness by becoming focused on the action.

You can also check out Mihaly’s TED talk.

Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts by Robert Spitzer

Robert Spitzer’s “Finding True Happiness” book is full of philosophical and spiritual wisdom, but also practical advice for identifying and reaching happiness.

He identifies the four levels of happiness.

The first one is related to our primal needs, the second one is of ego-comparative nature, while the third and the fourth levels are altruistic and transcendent.

This action-packed book is definitely worth a read.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow is a book written by Daniel Kahneman.

The book consists of two modes of thought, known as System 1 and System 2.

According to Kahneman, System 1 is fast, emotional and unconscious, while the System 2 is slow, logical and calculating.

The book is packed with some fascinating research, which even got him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He collaborated closely with Adam Tversky to who this book was dedicated to.

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

“The How of Happiness” is one of the most important books in the positive psychology field.

It’s a practical book that also contains a plan that can increase our happiness in the short, but most importantly long term.

Sonja Lyubomirsky states that 40% of our capacity for happiness lies in our hands.

The 50% is the “happiness set point” (we can thank genetics for this), while the 10% is attributed to the life events and circumstances.

This means we have a lot of power over our happiness.

The book explains how we can utilize the best the remaining 40% that we have, with the number of activities that are supported by empirical evidence.

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