Book : Books on Happiness


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I think by far, this is the fifth book on Happiness for this year. I've read and churned everything I could find and they usually talk about almost the same thing. Why I read all these books? What am I trying to prove? Where am I leading? Well, I am just curious, on how people finding their happiness, how they see it, how they answer to it. So I read books from different writers, different races : Paulo is Brazillian writer, Francois is French psychiatrist, Michael is an American ex-advertising executive, Robin S. Sharma is a Canadian ex-lawyer.

What I can conclude from these readings are :

  • We know basic stuffs about making ourselves happy, but we will keep on trying to find it. 
  • Happiness is overrated.
  • You will find some peace in mind when you understand that happiness is being here, when you learned the art of appreciation towards everything, when you found your zen. The ability to be in peace. It is a skill that needed to be learned. If you can teach yourself that skill, you will find happiness in everything.  
  • Appreciate little happiness.

I think this would be the last happiness books for this year : The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's about Gretchen's little project on finding happiness. She took a year off and tried to understand and learned about what makes her happy, what makes other people happy, little things towards self-improvements, quotations, and such. It started of by sharing those experiments with readers in her blog and later she wrote a book on it.

Read the reviews here and quotations here.

“The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It's more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. No one is careful of his feelings or tries to keep his spirits high. He seems self-sufficient; he becomes a cushion for others. And because happiness seems unforced, that person usually gets no credit.”

Read my other posts on Happiness Books :
Aleph yb Paulo Coelho
How to Save Your Own Life by Micheal Gates Gill
Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma

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