The Best Happy Books To Read

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This article showcases our top picks for the Happy Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan

This product was recommended by Manda Lai from A Little Dose of Happy

Broadcasting Happiness is an excellent read for anyone looking to improve their happiness and success through the power of communication. In the book, author Michelle Gielan, a former national CBS News anchor and now prominent positive psychology researcher, reveals how small shifts in the way we communicate can have big impacts on both our work and personal lives, including productivity, sales, stress levels, and more. She shares inspiring stories and cutting-edge research to show how we can all lead more positive lives by shifting the way we think and communicate to broadcasting happiness. If you are looking for a happiness book that is based on scientific research and offers practical and actionable advice, then Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan is definitely worth reading.

The Funniest Quotations to Brighten Every Day by Team Golfwell

This product was recommended by Bruce Miller from Team Golfwell

Reading a wide variety from mature people on many subjects was very enlightening, informative, entertaining, and definitely humorous. Time well spent! Five Stars! — Marcia (Verified Purchase). Do you want to feel happy and walk in the shoes of insightful and notable people? A wonderful collection of the funniest and most intriguing things ever said by many people like Madonna, Jimmy Fallon, Dave Barry, and many more. Let these inspiring thoughts take you over. It’s hard to put this book down! – Share these for great family fun – Makes a perfect gift – A saying for every thought or occasion – Ideal for empowering your life – Keep it on your nightstand or refer to it any time. The most memorable gifts are the ones that bring laughter!

Let’s Move Abroad by Charlotte Rijkenberg

This product was recommended by Charlotte Rijkenberg from The Concept Collective

I’m on a mission to give more people the confidence to live their dream and move abroad. My recently published book, Let’s Move Abroad, is an uplifting and motivational guide-meets-workbook that helps readers to turn their dream into a plan and resolve any fears, doubts, or mental obstacles, allowing them to move abroad with confidence. Let’s Move Abroad is an uplifting guide-meets-workbook that motivates people to live their dream and move abroad. It helps readers to turn their dream into a plan, and resolve any fears, doubts, or mental obstacles, allowing them to make decisions with confidence.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This product was recommended by Scott Himes from My Outdoor Hustle

It centres on a fantastical library that has all the potential narratives our life may take. When Nora has the opportunity to visit the library and examine these alternate lives, she must decide whether to modify her present life so that she pursues a new job, could repair previous breakups, and could fulfil her aspirations of becoming a glaciologist, or whether to remain in her current one. All of your friends will hear about this captivating book from you!

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

This product was recommended by Scott Himes from My Outdoor Hustle

Oona, who is 19 years old and has her entire adult life ahead of her, faints on New Year’s Eve 1982 and wakes up 32 years later with no memory of the previous years. As Oona struggles to make sense of her disordered life, each year brings a new random age and a different set of difficulties. You’ll be left contemplating what it means to live in the moment and how to make the most of each and every minute you’re given after reading this intricate, entirely unique story of a woman finding herself through time.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

This classic children’s book is sure to put a smile on your face. The rhyming text and colorful illustrations make it a fun read aloud, and the positive message about being yourself is something that everyone can relate to.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This product was recommended by Brandon Wilkes from The Big Phone Store

There are many reasons why the best happy book to read is The Catcher in the Rye. First, it is a classic novel that has been beloved by readers for generations. Second, the story is set in New York City, which is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Third, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is a teenager who is going through a lot of personal turmoil and is searching for answers to life’s big questions. fourth, the book is funny, heartwarming, and thought-provoking, all at the same time. fifth, it is a great book to read if you are looking for a feel-good story that will make you smile.

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

This product was recommended by Jason Dempsey from Home City Living

I really love this book, and I recommend it to anyone who asks for a positive book to sink their teeth into. This book feels like eating your grandmother’s apple pie: it’s warming, and full of nostalgia and love.

A Psalm for the Wild-Build by Becky Chambers

This product was recommended by Ishtiaq Ahmed from Coursetakers

I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that touched my soul quite as deeply as Psalm for the Wild-Build. The author has created a beautiful world and characters that you’ll ache to be a part of. In the end, no book has made me fall more in love with our planet and with people more.

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

This product was recommended by Stefan Grasic from Business 24-7

When I think of joyful books, the first one that comes to my mind is The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. There are moments of true poignancy and heart, mixed up with comedy and romance to make a truly happy book, guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This product was recommended by Sanjay Gill from Gaming Brick

I fell in love with the book immediately after reading the first chapter. Gretchen Rubin was on a journey to discover how to be happy, so she started testing out all the advice she could find about happiness. She drew inspiration from spiritual practices and science and then tried the methods that would actually work for her. She found ways that would actually make a person happy without being wealthy. According to her, health is the only wealth a person should consider, and secondly, money doesn’t guarantee a person’s happiness.

The Humor Hack by Michael K. Cundall Jr.

This product was recommended by Michael K. Cundall from Mirth Management

Did you know that laughter and humor can make you healthier, more resilient, and happier? The Humor Hack helps people learn about those benefits of humor, how it works, and how they find ways to introduce more humor into their lives. Based on current research on humor, The Humor Hack explores what makes humor work, provides helpful and fun ways to use humor, as well as funny stories to help people see the many benefits of humor. The conversational tone of the book puts the author right there with you so you can find effective and enjoyable ways to increase humor in your life.

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

This product was recommended by Jen Jones from Your Dog Advisor

This book is an uplifting read that will make you feel happy and hopeful for the future. It will also make you feel like you can do anything if you put your mind to it. What I personally like about this book is how it is an easy read that you can finish in a day. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a pick-me-up and someone to cheer them on. For me it’s a standout among happy books to read because it’s a book that looks into the future, without getting caught up in that. It’s an uplifting read which is helpful for those struggling with depression, and is just a great book to read in general.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

This product was recommended by Graeme McGaw from Book Notification

This is the story of Bill and his friend Stephen, who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail. It is an informative, insightful, and humorous memoir of this hike. The humor in this book is top notch and you can’t help but smile and laugh at it. Bill has the ability to tell you a story as if you are in the room with him, hearing him tell a story over a couple of drinks. A book that I always turn to if I’m feeling down.

Happy Brain by Dean Burnett

This product was recommended by Eric Jones from Couture Candy

We all want to be content. Our desire for happiness often drives our decisions, from how we earn a living to who we marry and where we live. Happiness, however, isn’t just a magical feeling produced by puppies and sunflowers. For decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have been researching the science of happiness. Discover their theories and more in this witty pop-science look at the best of bliss.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This product was recommended by Eric Jones from Couture Candy

Is your life feeling a little suffocating? It might be time to feed your imagination. Making something from the heart—whether writing, cooking, painting, or crafting—requires great bravery. Gilbert, who also wrote Eat, Pray, Love, should be aware of this. Gilbert delves deeply into the spiritual side of creativity in Big Magic.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This product was recommended by Staci Holweger from LifePatches

This book is a world bestseller. It teaches readers how to live life in freedom and happiness by following only four simple agreements. The agreements are: Be Impeccable with your word; Don’t take anything personally; Don’t make assumptions; Always do your best. It is a great read for anyone looking to find happiness and be at peace with others. The book was published in 1997.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This product was recommended by Henffrey M. Muthama from LedAsk

Kondo presents the essential concepts behind her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing possessions. This beautifully illustrated guide to decluttering will open your eyes to the true value of your things.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

This product was recommended by Konstantin Soukhovetski from Luxurious Pianos

I have always enjoyed reading books. This was a book out of the usual genre I read. It was a chance I took because of the cover. For once I judged the book by the cover and did not regret a single thing. The book was heartwarmingly funny and expressive. I laughed and laughed some more until I had to clutch my stomach and take deep breaths to calm down. The author has done an amazing job at making it seem like a funny book but with internal and deep means hidden behind her words. The entire book is a piece of art that I don’t regret reading. If anything I always suggest this book to those who need a good laugh.

The Lighten Up Book by Allen Klein

This product was recommended by Allen Klein from AllenKlein

Words are powerful tools. They can bring us down or lift us up. That’s why The Lighten Up Book is so vital. Let’s face it; we live in stressful times. We need something to rise above it all. This book can help you do that with a collection of positive affirmations and insights to inspire your health and happiness. You can take this book on the go for a quick shot of inspiration at any time. Or select one quotation as your mantra for the day. However you choose to use the thoughts in this book, they all have the potential to not only lift you up but also be life-changing.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This product was recommended by Zach Larsen from Pineapple Money

Looking for a way to be happy? Look no further than The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. This book will show you how to find happiness in the simple things in life. By following the tips and advice in the book you can live a happier and cozier life.

Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson

This product was recommended by David Zhang from Kate Backdrop

What I like about this book is that it’s not only funny but also very positive. I need a lot of positivity in my life, and this book delivers. I particularly appreciate that it’s not preachy – it doesn’t try to tell you how to live your life but offers some good advice in a light-hearted way.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This product was recommended by Joshua Tibando from FindStorageFast

My go-to book when I am feeling down is – A Christmas Carol. It is my childhood favorite. This book brings me the same amount of *joy* it did when I read it as a kid. It is a phenomenal book that covers some heavy themes. But like in any good story, it all comes together in a happy ending. The story pulls you with the mean old Scrooge. The story shows him his past, present, and future. As he discovers his fate, he wakes, elated to be alive. This book is *uplifting* and a must-read. With just 125 pages, it could provide you with a little perspective on life that stays with you.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This product was recommended by Alexandra Cotes from FlowerCompany

I like to read fun, eccentric novels when I feel down. My current favorite is – ‘The Keeper Of Lost Things.’ Ruth Hogan’s debut novel touched people’s hearts all over the world. It is a clever and delightful read. The book follows Laura and her friends on a journey to return the lost items to their rightful owners. The story is heartfelt and will make you cry. But that’s good. Emotions are complex like that. The book talks about what gives life meaning in a fun and wonderful manner. When you are done reading, you will realize the importance of finding happiness in little things.

This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

This product was recommended by Deepa Tailor from Tailor Law

This is a comedic and insightful pick that will keep you excited till the end. Through the character Richard, the author brings a funny note to the fact that we as humans fall, and make mistakes. But, we get back up and shine through connections. We literally cannot survive alone, as each of our actions has a consequence on someone else. It’s about how in this perfectly imperfect world, people can find a place for themselves somehow. Pick it up with a cup of coffee during the evenings for the perfect kind of fun!

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