The following is a list of books I have referenced in my blog, or which I believe will help you on your journey towards finding happiness.
Philosophy and Religion
- “The Art of Happiness” by Dr. Howard Cutler and Dalai Lama
This book single handedly helped pick me out of my depression when I was in my early twenties by teaching me above all that happiness was a choice, not a reaction.
- “The Book of Joy” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
What I love about this book is the deep bond of friendship between Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. That and the fact that though they represent different religions, they recognize the universal goal of humanity that is happiness, and appreciate the value of kindness and compassion.
- “The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday
This book was my introduction into Stoicism, one of my favorite branches of philosophy. Holiday breaks down the ideas of Stoicism’s greatest thinkers, and delivers them in 366 (one for each day) distillable, easy to understand lessons. I read this book nearly every day and every time I finish it, I return to page one and begin again.
Psychology and Self-Improvement
- Atomic Habits” by James Clear
This book is useful for anyone who wants to achieve any sort of success in everything. One of the most important points it makes is that many times, the people who are successful at something aren’t necessarily the most talented, they simply work harder – a habit. Atomic Habits shows you how small progress over time will get you where you want to be.
- “Daring Greatly” By Brene Brown
This book is about accepting the fact that all human being wish to be seen, to be appreciated, and that in order to do so we must be wiling to be authentic and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. Vulnerability involves opening ourselves up to the possibility of being hurt. It is scary, but it is critical if we are to have meaningful and powerful relationships.
- “Facing Codependence” by Pia Mellody, Andrea Miller, and Keith Miller
Recommended by my therapist, this book was helpful at helping me recognize my issues with codependence, explain to me where it comes from, and how it affects my life today. It also lays out a plan for dealing with and overcoming the issue.
- “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist. He was also a survivor of the holocaust. Using his unique skills and insight to the human bind, combined with his personal experience and observations of the greatest atrocity in human history, Frankl writes about the mental strength of those who were able to endure. He talks about the need for mental fortitude, the embracing of suffering, and the power of love as critical to surviving such an ordeal.
- “On my Own Side” by Aziz Gazipura
Dr. Gazipura’s book is about loving yourself. So many of us find it easy to love others but struggle when it comes to loving yourself. Dr. Gazipura explains how we can understand and overcome our inner critic, and live a more happy and bold life
- “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss has spent decades interviewing the world most successful people. In this book, he divides his interviewees into their own individual chapters divided into categories of Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. From each of these chapters, we have the ability to learn what has helped the world’s most successful people achieve their dreams and reach happiness on their own terms.
- “The Way to Love” by Anthony De Mello
Anthony De Mello, a Jesuit priest teaches us that we have been tricked into believing that we need some sort of attachment, some thing, or idea in order to be happy. He cautions against placing your sense of love in externalities and urges us to realize that to be truly happy and in love is to love ourselves.
Inspiring and Lovable Fiction
- “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
One of the greatest adventure stories ever told, this work of fiction follows Santiago, a young shepherd from Spain, as he embarks on an epic journey across the African continent in search of a mysterious treasure and his personal legend. A great story on how to search for happiness