Saturday, May 16, 2009

Pursuit of happiness - good books about happiness

Did you know that having a cheerful disposition is 40% genetic? So some people actually are born happier... but 60% is still a pretty big window of opportunity if you are looking for some tips or tricks to instantly increase the level of joy in your life.

The pursuit of happiness is not new and you are not the first person to be curious about happiness. Is it brain chemisty? Is it a learned behaviour? Can we influence our own feelings using our thoughts?

The exciting thing is some of the people who've really really really wanted to know the answers to these questions about happiness have written down what they have discovered. So there is no need to reinvent the wheel. If you're interested in finding out more about happiness or how to be happier take a look at these books:
  • Sonja Lyubomirsky (2007) The How of Happiness
  • Seligman, Martin (2002) Authentic Happiness
  • Seligman, Martin (1990) Learned Optimism
Not interested in books and theories? Want to be instantly happier and not have to read a book to do it? You could try some of the very practical happiness exercises you can find at You'll feel better at the end of each one.

Have fun and enjoy!

Allowing yourself to feel good
Three single girls in a bar


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