West Slope Library Booklist – March 2015

The United Nations has established March 20 as International Day of Happiness, declaring that "the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal." It’s an incredibly interesting topic to explore. The more you read on the topic, you realize that happiness can be defined differently by different people and within different cultural contexts, and you discover that there are surprising factors that contribute to what makes a person happy.

We know one thing that makes us happy at the library: reading books! smiley

Happy Books for Adults

Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile

Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile

By Nettle, Daniel
2006-09 – Oxford University Press, USA
9780192805591



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Bringing together the latest insights from psychiatry, psychology, and philosophy, Daniel Nettle sheds light on happiness, the most basic of human desires. Nettle examines whether people are basically happy or unhappy, whether success can make us happy, what sort of remedies to unhappiness
work, why some people are happier than others, and much more.
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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

By Dalai Lama
Author Cutler, Howard C.
1998-10 – Penguin Putnam
9781573221115



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One of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how readers can attain the same inner peace.

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Live Your Bliss: Practices That Produce Happiness and Prosperity

Live Your Bliss: Practices That Produce Happiness and Prosperity

By Cole-Whittaker, Terry
2009-11 – New World Library
9781577316855



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After eight years of study in India, a premier voice in personal development returns with this work. Cole-Whittaker presents the inspiring message that all people possess everything they need to manifest their dreams.

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Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

By Achor, Shawn
2013-09 – Crown Business
9780770436735



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In this remarkable book, one of the leading thinkers in the field of positive psychology digs deep into the science to find practical techniques for unleashing your genius for happiness.

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Spontaneous Happiness

Spontaneous Happiness

By Weil, Andrew
2011-11 – Little Brown and Company
9780316129442



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Weil redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biochemical model of mental health. He presents a vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda, Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much more. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression or simply

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Happiness Now!: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast

Happiness Now!: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast

By Holden, Robert
2007-10 – Hay House
9781401920395



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"Happiness NOW!" is a truly powerful and radical exploration of one of life’s most treasured goals. Packed with rich insights and practical wisdom, It offers a message of profound hope and healing for a generation that is often too busy chasing happiness to be truly happy. Robert Holden, Ph.D., presents a personal, warm, and entertaining account of how he developed his pioneering work with The

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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav

By Rubin, Gretchen
2009-12 – HarperTorch
9780061583254



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This relatable, inspiring project is the result of the author’s 12-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humor and sharp insight, her story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.

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Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

By Gilbert, Daniel
2006-05 – Alfred A. Knopf
9781400042661



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Awards:
Books for a Better Life (2006)

This smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes, reveals why people are so lousy at predicting what will make them happy–and what they can do about it.

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The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

By Lyubomirsky, Sonja
2008-01 – Penguin Press
9781594201486



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Always emphasizing how much an individual’s happiness is within his or her control, Lyubomirsky addresses the scientific how of her happiness research, and provides a powerful contribution to the field of positive psychology.

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The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does

By Lyubomirsky, Sonja
2013-01 – Penguin Press
9781594204371



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Lyubomirsky isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.

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Happy This Year!: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All

Happy This Year!: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All

By Bowen, Will
2013-04 – Grand Harbor Press
9781611098952



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Happiness is not the result of getting or achieving. Rather, happiness is a cause that is the shortest and most direct path to personal fulfillment and achievement. Bestselling author Bowen teaches readers how to align their thoughts, words, and actions for maximum happiness.

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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

By Weiner, Eric
2008-01 – Twelve
9780446580267



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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author’s case, moments of "un-unhappiness."


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Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

By Ben-Shahar, Tal
2007-05 – McGraw-Hill Companies
9780071492393



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Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar’s insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?
Grounded in the revolutionary "positive psychology" movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific


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Happy at Last: The Thinking Person's Guide to Finding Joy

Happy at Last: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Finding Joy

By O’Connor, Richard
2008-10 – St. Martin’s Press
9780312369064



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From the bestselling author of "Undoing Depression" comes this work on how to get happy and stay that way. Drawing on the latest scientific research, O’Connor reveals how the brain responds to happy stimuli and how the brain can be trained to be more receptive to happiness.

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Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Lif

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Lif

By Rubin, Gretchen
2012-09 – Harmony
9780307886781



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In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 "New York Times"-bestseller "The Happiness Project" Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. Rubin dedicated a school year–September through May–to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

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Sweet Misfortune

Sweet Misfortune

By Milne, Kevin Alan
2010-06 – Center Street
9781599952970



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Sophie’s former fianc proposes a bet: she must place an ad in the paper that simply states "Wanted: Happiness." If at least 100 people respond, she agrees to a date with him. If not, he’ll leave her alone forever. Sophie is convinced she’ll win, but fate has other ideas.

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52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You

52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You

By Blumenthal, Brett
2012-01 – Amazon Encore
9781612181394



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Whether as New Year s resolutions, birthday wishes, or daily promises, most everyone vows at some point to make a major life change. But change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to better managing our wellness amidst the chaos of everyday living. Fortunately, wellness coach and award-winning writer Brett Blumenthal has devised a way to inspire and motivate her readers to live

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It's All about the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

It’s All about the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

By Penn, Robert
2011-04 – Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608195381



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Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He’s no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He

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Happy Books for Kids

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

By McCloud, Carol
Illustrator Messing, David
2007-10 – Ferne Press
9781933916163



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The concept of bucket filling is an effective metaphor for encouraging kind and considerate behavior as well as teaching the benefits of positive relationships to children.

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If You're Happy and You Know It

If You’re Happy and You Know It

By Warhola, James
Illustrator Warhola, James
2007-03 – Orchard Books (NY)
9780439727662



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This jungle version of the classic song takes youngsters on a read-along, sing-along safari. Cleverly written, this book features the complete lyrics with full-color illustrations.

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Augustus and His Smile

Augustus and His Smile

By Rayner, Catherine
2006-04 – Good Books
9781561485109



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Awards:
Greenaway Medal (2007)

Augustus the tiger was sad, and he had lost his smile. So he did a huge tiger-y stretch and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings. Full color.

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If You're Happy and You Know It!

If You’re Happy and You Know It!

By Cabrera, Jane
Illustrator Cabrera, Jane
2005-03 – Holiday House
0823418812



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This popular nursery song comes alive with zany animal paintings in a colorful sing-along action book that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Full color.

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What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

By Simon, Charnan
2006-08 – Child’s World
9781592966233



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The Magic Door books are an invitation to view learning as fun. Engaging art and creative text provide readers with basic lessons that last a lifetime. What Makes You Happy? is a child’s exploration of all the things that make him and the people around him happy.

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Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy

Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy

By Menchin, Scott
Illustrator Menchin, Scott
2007-06 – Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763629199



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Awards:
Christopher Awards (2008)

Enlivened by his whimsical characters, this amusing story by a celebrated illustrator shows youngsters that just doing what they love to do best can bring the biggest smiles of all. Full color.

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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

By Hargreaves, Roger
1997-09 – Price Stern Sloan
9780843178166



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Little Miss Sunshine visits Miseryland and turns it into Laughterland.

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