- Happiness Myth No. 5: A “Treat” Will Cheer You Up
- Happiness Myth No. 4: You’ll Be Happier if You Insist on "The Best"
- Happiness Myth No. 3: Venting Anger Relieves It
- Happiness Myth No. 2: Nothing Changes a Person's Happiness Level Much
- Happiness Myth No. 1: Happy People Are Annoying and Stupid
I only briefly perused through a book about happiness myself recently -- The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. This one is not by someone who test-drove theories herself but by a psychologist involved for many years in scientific studies of what factors contribute to human happiness. I found it quite useful though I did not read more than 40-50 pages and hope to get back to it sometime this year.
The book was one of 5 that was reviewed in the New York Review of Books last year.
- The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky
- Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson
- What Is Emotion?: History, Measures, and Meanings by Jerome Kagan
Previous posts about happiness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.