Whether it helps us reach new heights or it simply lets us know we’re not alone in our struggles, an inspiring book is often the best therapy.
So if you’re looking for a reason to smile, even just a few minutes of reading can make your day better and your life happier.
Here are some recommendations for some inspirational reading.
- Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin E.P. Seligman.
Martin Seligman, an expert in positive psychology, says the four main components of well-being are: good relationships; engagement with what one is doing; positive emotion; and a sense of accomplishment. According to Seligman, being well leads to being happy, and while he didn’t write this as a self-help book, it is helpful in that regard. Mr. Seligman provides plenty of research and inspirational stories to illustrate each component. The journey to a happier life awaits you within these pages. If you enjoy this book, you might also want to check out Authentic Happiness by the same author.
- Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar.
Ben-Shahar teaches that happiness isn’t something that just happens, and it’s not an ending. Anyone can learn to be happy, and with the help of this book, that’s exactly what happens. Filled with lots of scientific research, spiritual enlightenment, and plenty of self-help tips, you can learn to apply Dr. Ben-Shahar’s principles to your own life and be happier than before.
- And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.
Sometimes all we need is a few inspiring words to give us peace of mind and happiness, and that’s what you’ll find within these pages. They will lift you up, give you strength, and re-kindle your passion for life. You can’t help but feel better once you’ve read this book.
- Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord.
If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted, this book is it. It’s the fictional story of Hector, a psychiatrist who’s good at his job, but finds he needs to know more about what makes people happy. He sets out on a world-wide journey to find the answers he seeks. The result is a cute, fun and uplifting story that leaves you wanting more. The good news is, there IS more. Hector’s journey doesn’t end with his quest for the secret of true happiness. He also heads out to find the secrets of love and time in books two and three. And in case that still isn’t enough, Hector and the Search for Happiness is also a major motion picture.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
Adapted from HappierDaily.com.