Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happiness at the library

Last week’s water cooler chat focused on the question, what you would do if you won 654 million dollars.  Some people talked about charity and others talked about lavish vacations but everyone talked about happiness.  This got me thinking about what happiness is and how others define happiness.

Here are a few books about happiness: 

Author Gretchen Rubin’s epiphany that days are long but years are short was the catalyst for her book, The Happiness Project.  In this half memoir/ half intellectual self-help book, she spent a year exploring happiness.  While some of the advice is ages old, Rubin adds her own bit of humor to it.

From diagnosis to death, Patti Digh’s stepfather had 37 days.  In Life is a Verb, she asks herself how she would live her life is she only had 37 days left.  This book is an adventure in happiness-- whimsical and refreshing.

Diana Fletcher’s Happy on Purpose, offers a women a daily thought that gives the reader a moment to take the time out to remember the small things in life while recognizing the big things too. 

What is the nature of true happiness?  Is it something that one is born with or is a something that we learn?  Martin Seligman’s book Authentic Happiness argues that happiness is learned.  

Happy Reading!

 -Jessica K.

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