4 Books on Happiness that are a Game Changer

Books on Happiness

When we were kids, we never had to worry about happiness. That’s because we were always happy and had less things to worry about. However, as we grew older, life became more stressful and today it’s quite a challenge to maintain being happy. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying.

When it comes to explaining emotions related to our brains especially, everything is not always in black and white. All in all, happiness is that feeling of contempt, joyfulness, high self-esteem bottled up in one emotion. Whenever you are happy (in my creativity eyes), it’s as if you have a charm and positivity cloud around you.

As adults, we sometimes lose our sight of a happy life. That is why, I took the liberty of hand-picking the best books on happiness. With that in mind, below I will present to you a comprehensive list of a few must-read self-happiness books that you shouldn’t miss in your shelf.

Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki

When it comes to finding self-help books on happiness that will make your days brighter, then Goodbye Things might be the best one for you. By the first few pages, Sasaki instantly connects with the readers by talking about his personal experience.

I came across this book as I was searching for a self-help guide after I found myself in a tough situation. I found myself penniless after buying luxury equipment that in the end didn’t help me. Using Sasaki’s idea that commodities are people in the house who don’t pay rent, I had to sell most of the things that I didn’t need.

That gave me a sense of relief as much as it was difficult letting go of my stuff. Minimalist lifestyle helps the readers get rid of their stressful moments. The best thing about this book is the personal experience Sasaki shares with the readers.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck; A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

In this life, when you know what you need to care about, freedom and happiness flows in naturally. And here is just the ‘be happy book’ you need in order to master the art of being happy in your life. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck simply shows you everything you need to do in order to stop trying so hard to be positive all the time. This is because at the end of the day the honest truth is all we need to become happier people.

Although most people today lack in the art of approaching things in a raw, honest and refreshing way, Mark Mason tells it all openly without sugar-coating anything in this particular book. I must admit that I was that kind of person who used to care about literally everything in my life, and this book was just the wakeup call I needed for my life to take a better turn. I was that person who would be consumed by every crappy thing that happened around me from work, home and even in school when I was younger.

After reading this book, I finally understood that human beings are naturally flawed and that not everyone is lucky enough to be extraordinary. This has helped me to embrace the fact that in the society, there are both winners and the losers and this is never anyone’s fault. Here is the perfect book about finding happiness that will help you gain ultimate control over your reactions as well as any uncertainties that may come along.

You are a Badass; How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By just reading the title of this happiness book, I bet that’s already enough inspiration for you. And that is why, you need to stop what you are doing right now and get this book. Most are the times you may be struggling with your self-confidence. And we all know that later on if this doesn’t stop you will have a hard time getting anything together.

You are a Badass’ is the perfect portion of happiness that is sewed in together in most perfect harmony of words. Like most people say; this book is more of that good friend who will always be there for you with an honest but helpful opinion. The funny thing about my experience when reading this book is that I was already recommending my friends to read it even before I was halfway through the chapters.

I had never truly believed that once more I could do whatever I wanted to do. Maybe the reason why I find this self-help book on happiness so inspiring is because it came in my life at the right time. Those are the days when I was nothing more than a self-critic. I came to love the fact that this is a straightforward yet very elaborate positive book. It simply pushes you to having that zeal to doing great and believing in yourself once more.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

This is one book that I must say lives up to its title and goes much further. ‘The Book of Joy’ focuses on helping people bring happiness, joy and purposes in to their lives. This is all illuminated through the various themes which are meant to challenge one’s thinking, lifestyle and how we embrace both the painful and good things that may come in our lives.

When I first settled to read this book, I was going through a tough phase in my life with a whole sea of depression and anxiety. My time at work and my relationship with my co-workers was crumbling. This book may not have been the cure to all the sad things I was facing but it is a self-help book that at the end showed me the light.

The lives of Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu have been featured in this book showing how they endeavored through the hardship as well as the adversity they faced in their country life. The way the spirit of these two shines through every chapter of this book is definitely something to admire. And that is why, this one without a doubt makes one the best books on happiness.


It’s evident from our topic on happiness that there are so many influencing factors around us today. From our age, to the community around us, our relationships, working environment, our future, wealth, ambitions and so much more. All these things often play a vital role in influencing our state of mind and emotions, factors that greatly impact our happiness.

And that is why we say like any other skill out there, happiness is something you can learn too.

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9 thoughts on “4 Books on Happiness that are a Game Changer”

  1. Great list! Love book reviews, I have little time now to read, but with a good book review, if I like the review on a particular book, I’d make time to read it. ‘The subtle art…’ has been one that I’ve been eyeing, I appreciate your honest opinion on it. I’ll be sure to pick it up!

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