10. Gateway to Happiness by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Rabbi Zelig Pliskin makes the case that you can always achieve happiness by changing your present attitudes towards yourself, others, and your life. It’s not about your experiences of the past, but how you choose to act right now that can increase your peace of mind, enhance your self-esteem and help you achieve happiness.
11. 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Niven
This book sifts through thousands of scholarly reports and scientific research to provide easy-to-follow (and easy-to-act-on) nuggets of advice on achieving a happier life.
12. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
A classic collection of poems and drawings, Shel Silverstein takes parents and kids on a journey that is fun to read, funny and profound. Offering life lessons, advice and giggles that readers of all generations can enjoy, this book adds a little bit of happiness to your everyday story time.
13. What Happy People Know by Dan Baker, Ph.D.
Dan Baker, the director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, explores the new science of happiness to show readers how you can overcome fears and predispositions towards negativity to achieve a fulfilling life.
14. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This heartfelt memoir shares Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey as a woman who left behind her successful American life to explore a greater happiness and discover what she really wanted in life while traveling abroad.
15. Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil
Dr. Weil offers advice for obtaining and maintaining optimal emotional health rooted in findings from conventional and alternative medicine.
16. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Expanding on his best-selling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspires readers to transcend an ego-based existence—which can lead to jealousy, anger and unhappiness—as an essential step in obtaining a fulfilling existence.
17. Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf
An extremely lovable classic children’s book, Ferdinand the Bull encourages kids and parents to embrace what makes them happy, even if it’s not what everyone else seems to want.
18. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
In Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikzentmilhalyi says, We all are capable of achieving a state of effortless concentration and enjoyment called “flow.” True happiness is found in when you accomplish flow—when you are completely immersed in your experience rather than being distracted by the aspects of your life you aren’t passionate about.
19. The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra
Chopra explores the connection between happiness, wellbeing and success, offering seven keys to uncover the true secrets of joy in the most difficult times.
20. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
As Christopher Robin so wisely says to Winnie the Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember that you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know.” This is just a morsel of wisdom from the classic children’s tale.