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5 Nonfiction Books on the Side of Happiness


The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to recharge the mind and refocus on a path to happiness. While happiness means many different things to many people, it’s a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions. These emotions can range from contentment to intense joy. But how do we shift into an ongoing state of happiness?

The authors of the 5 books listed here reveal their secrets for a happier you.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
Author: Meik Wiking
Publish date: January 17, 2017
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According to the latest World Happiness Report, Denmark took the number one spot as the happiest country. Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, associates Denmark’s ranking to Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga), a sense of comfort, togetherness and well-being. The book explains how we can incorporate hygge into our lives and relieve the stress. This is one that has my attention.

Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World
Author: Malene Rydahl
Publish date: January 10, 2017
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This soon-to-be released book is also one which provides insight into the Danish mindset of happiness. In a different approach, Rydahl explores how the values of trust, education, and a healthy work-life balance with purpose contribute to a “happy” population. The 10 secrets reveal traits of the Danish lifestyle with an appreciation for simple pleasures.

Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living
Author: Halley Bock
Publish date: January 17, 2017
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When I found out about this book, I was intrigued by the idea of wholehearted living. Life, Incorporated puts an emphasis on living from the inside out versus the outside in. Author Halley Bock uses a conversational style to explain how we can have a purposeful life with mindfulness and balance. The book uses her personal journey as a guide with inspiration leading to a happier life. I’m looking forward to reading Life, Incorporated.

Finding the Blue Sky: A Mindful Approach to Choosing Happiness Here and Now
Author: Joseph Emet
Publish date: October 4, 2016
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Studies have proven that all too often negative thinking undermines happiness. Emet draws upon his Buddhist background and shows how establishing positive habits can reverse our way of thinking. The book emphasizes the practice of meditation with mindfulness techniques. While proceeding through Finding the Blue Sky we’re given the necessary tools to develop a mind shift toward happiness.

Paths to Happiness: 50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day
Author: Edward Hoffman
Publish date: August 16, 2016
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In Paths to Happiness, Hoffman compiles 50 chapters with 50 fun ideas and recommendations to enhance our daily well-being. Such recommendations include Adventure Sports, Dancing and Expressive Writing. Each recommendation follows with guided activities designed to stimulate the mind and achieve greater joy in order to become more fulfilled. This book allows the reader to be active and creative while changing the mindset.

Question: What other books on happiness would you add to this short list?