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bestseller-books-on-happinessSeeking advice on finding the Big H

There are some things chocolate just can't fix. And while applying the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" can work some of the time, it's not really a long-term solution. Many who find themselves searching for wisdom on increasing happiness consider turning to the written word for help.There are many different approaches to finding peace of mind, and some of the bestseller books on happiness are a good place to start. 

Take Time to Research or Just Do It?

Happiness can be compared to a boyfriend with commitment issues: Running after it with manicured nails might only drive it further away. Sometimes it's best to just take the plunge into the happiness pool and follow your muse. If you don't know where to start to define the "H" word, you'll find an exhaustive shelf at your local bookstore. Searching through bestsellers or best books on happiness lists can sometimes be bewildering and discouraging, so here are some suggestions that can be tailored to help you get your groove back.

Tips on Finding Happiness

The Spiritual Approach

Studies in positive psychology consistently find that those who regularly attend religious activities report a greater level of life satisfaction. Evidence suggests a correlation between spirituality and peace of mind. Many religious leaders have published books on finding happiness. A good place to start might be within your own belief system. If you don't belong to a particular religion, a foundational spiritual best-seller is the Dalai Llama's The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. Far from preaching Buddhism, this easy-to-read book celebrates the virtue of compassion as a guide to an open heart and healthy worldview. 

The Self-Centric Approach

This might be the largest section of all. There are seemingly endless self-help and even some anti-self-help books that have led many find a greater degree of happiness. One author took care of the research for you and decided to embark on a year-long journey in the pursuit of happiness. Gretchen Rubin chronicled her adventures and observances in The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. She follows the advice of many of today's best-selling books on happinessalong with ancient proverbial wisdom and does so with a great amount of acceptance, humor, and an easy to realate to insight that is impossible to resist.

The Others-Centric Approach

It's hard to deny the effect of service on self-image and happiness. The mantra of the pay-it-forward movement is to help yourself by helping others help the world. Many elementary schools have adopted the power of this idea as a program to end bullying and build self-esteem. One book that is rising in popularity, particularly to read with children, is Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson. The Power of Serving Others: You Can Start Where You Are by Gary Morsch and Dean Nelson is another book that gives practical application of service for daily living. They rightly claim that to see the good one has affected in the lives of others gives a feeling of permanence that can't be achieved through more self-serving methods.

This is far from a comprehensive list, but hopefully it serves as a launch point on a more joyful journey through life. And if none of these books floats your blissful boat, there’s always the Kama Sutra, a book about a whole lot more than sex, which consistently ranks in the top 20 downloaded books. Happy reading!

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