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Happiness books & resources

updated 2/2/08

Link to New releases in happiness at Amazon.com

Books published in 2008

Books published in 2007

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Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard (New York : Little, Brown, 2007)

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar (New York : McGraw-Hill, 2007)

The Happiness Trip (Sciencewriters) by Eduard Punset (White River Junction, Vt. : Sciencewriters, 2007)

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky (New York: Penguin Press, 2007)

In Search of Happiness: Understanding an Endangered State of Mind by John F. Schumaker (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2007)


earlier books

  • Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald Dworkin (Carroll & Graf, 2006)
  • Darwinian Happiness: Evolution as a Guide for Living and Understanding Human Behavior by Bjørn Grinde (Princeton, N.J. : Darwin Press, 2002)
  • Happiness: The Science behind Your Smile by Daniel Nettle (Oxford, UK ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt (Basic Books, 2006)
  • Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach by Bernard M S van Praag; Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson (June 2006)
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (New York : Vintage Books, 2007, 2005)

    Blog: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Web resources: Probaway Happiness Chart “Happiness is a belief that a hoped-for state of affairs is coming into existence.”

    World Database of Happiness

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    1. Comment by Gretchen Rubin:

      What a great resource — you’ve put together a list of terrific sources about happiness. Thanks so much for including my blog, The Happiness Project! For what it’s worth, my favorite happiness round-up book is The Happiness Hypothesis by J. Haidt (on your list, too).

      July 13, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

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