Books & More for Santa Cruz Readers...
"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
— Mortimer Adler
Books on Happiness and Positive Psychology
Are You Happy?
by Janda, Louis H.
A collection of twenty-four self-tests designed to measure the reader's overall happiness in terms of everything from career and finances to health and relationships, accompanied by effective techniques designed to enhance one's personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
by Seligman, Martin
The author of Learned Optimism argues that happiness can be a learned and cultivated behavior, explaining how every person possesses at least five of twenty-four profiled strengths that can be built on in order to improve a life.
by Dowrick, Stephanie
Offers advice on forging healthier personal and professional relationships by learning to trust one's strengths, in a resource that provides skill-building exercises for promoting inner peace, stability, and contentment.
The Five Things We Cannot Change And The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them
by Richo, David
In order to find real contentment in our lives we must acknowledge the five simple, unavoidable givens, which are: everything changes and ends, things do not always go according to plan, life is not always fair, pain is a part of life, and people are not loving and loyal all the time.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly
Providing an introduction to "flow," a field of behavioral science that offers life-fulfilling potentialities, this study explains its principals and shows how to introduce flow into all aspects of life, avoiding the interferences of disharmony.
A Guide to Personal Happiness
by Ellis, Albert
Seeks to remove the stumbling blocks along the road to happiness, through the use of rational-emotive therapy.
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
by Ben-Shahar, Tal
Provides a complete crash course on what happiness is and how to strive for it, based on the principles of positive psychology and designed to help readers live the life they love and love the life they live.
The Happiness Makeover: How To Teach Yourself to Be Happy and Enjoy Every Day
by Ryan, M. J.
Presents a series of simple strategies that can help anyone overcome worry, envy, fear, and negativity to find the true joy in life, explaining how to transform habitual negative thinking to think happily instead.
Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out
by Shimoff, Marci
Outlines a practical and holistic program for finding and maintaining personal happiness, identifying seven key concepts for achieving inner peace and overall well-being.
The How of Happiness
by Lyubomirsky, Sonja
An easy-to-follow, life-changing approach designed to increase happiness and fulfillment in everyday life furnishes a comprehensive guide that redefines what happiness and what it is not and introduces activities, including exercises in practicing optimism, tips on how to savor life's pleasures, and an emphasis on staying active to achieve a happier life.
It's All in Your Head
by Pollan, Stephen M.
An inspirational guide offers inspiration for achieving lasting happiness, introducing eight key attitudes that can eliminate fear, regret, and self-doubt.
The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life
by Beck, Martha
Offers a behavior-oriented program for a satisfying life, designed around truth, desire, creativity, risk, treats, play, laughter, connection, feasting, and doing nothing.
Life is Sweet: 333 Ways to Look on the Bright Side and Find the Happiness in Front of You
by Johnson, Addie
Presents a collection of stories, events, moments, quotes, and ideas that make the author happy in a particular way.
Stumbling on Happiness
by Gilbert, Daniel Todd
A smart, witty, accessible, and laugh-out-loud funny reflection on human nature brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there.
What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better
by Baker, Dan
Profiles unhappiness as a chemical brain response that helped early humans survive, offering advice on how to achieve happiness by retraining brain activity, accepting a painful past, and designing a future.
You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles Your Therapist Never Told You
by Carlson, Richard
Offers advice for readers to overcome adversity and cope with the challenges and painful aspects of life, and shows how to remove the mental obstacles to one's natural state of happiness through increased self-understanding.