Don`t Worry, Be Happy! 4 Books Guaranteed to Help You Get Your Mojo Back!

There is a lot of talk these days about positivity and the benefits of positive psychology. Well, like many people, I decided to join the club and read up on what research has found in that field and apply it to my life! What I found was nothing short of inspirational and enlightening!

In this post, I want to highlight four books that have enhanced my quality of life and that have helped me find simple and effective strategies to keep me focused on positive upward spirals. Here they are…

1. Happier (Tal Ben-Shahar): One of Harvard`s top professors, Ben-Shahar presents the concept of positivity through his “archetype model” where
he aptly discusses the rat racer, the hedonist, the nihilist, and the happy. What’s more, Ben-Shahar points out concrete, practical exercises at the end of each chapter to help implement his concepts. Lastly, he offers seven wonderful meditations on happiness which address:
• self-interest and benevolence
• happiness boosters
• beyond the temporary high
• letting our light shine
• imagine
• take your time
• the happiness revolution

What the critics say…

“Think of Happier as your own personal workbook. As you read each chapter`s illuminating discussion on happiness and incorporate its simple exercises into your daily routine, you will see every aspect of your life with new eyes and a new sense of purpose.”

2. The Happiness Advantage (Shawn Achor): In this informative book, Achor presents seven key principles of positive psychology in a fun,
light-hearted, and self-deprecating manner. His wealth of experience and honesty will make this book an instant hit. Achor’s seven principals are:

• The Happiness Advantage
• The Fulcrum and The Lever
• The Tetris Effect
• Falling Up
• The Zorro Circle
• The 20-Second Rule
• Social Investment

Curious? You should be! I promise you that this read will be worth your time and energy! Achor ends the book with his concept of the Ripple Effect, a concept worth reading since we affect – though our mood and behavior – other people’s quality of life on a daily basis!

What the critics say…

“A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn`t only about how to become happier at work. It`s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.”

3. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do (Amy Morin): This book starts off with a touching account of Morin’s personal life. Through
tragedy and hardship, Morin, a licensed clinical social worker, offers 13 important habits that are avoided at all cost by mentally strong people. To clarify each point, Morin supports her argument by presenting real-life accounts and manages to drive home every point to a tee. The 13 principles are easy to memorize and ideal as notes jotted down on a bookmark or a sticky note to have as a reminder!

What the critics say…

“Morin writes with searing honesty, incorporating anecdotes from her work as a college psychology instructor and psychotherapist as well as personal stories about how she bolstered her own mental strength when tragedy threatened to consume her.”

4. Positivity (Barbara Fredrickson): Backed by thousands of hours of research, Fredrickson explains her topic in depth with the support of her many studies. Certain concepts presented are:

• What is Positivity?
• The Broaden and Build Theory
• How to Bounce Back from Life`s Challenges
• The Positivity Ratio
• How to Decrease Negativity
• A Positivity Toolkit

Fredrickson’s Positivity Toolkit is particularly interesting since it presents to the reader simple and fun exercises they can accomplish to increase their positivity ratio and quality of life.

What the critics say…

“Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls ‘the upward spiral’.”

All the books mentioned above are considered best-sellers and are highly relevant works in the field of positive psychology. I recommend them all and know that they will only add value to your already growing personal self-leadership library!


What “happiness” book have you read lately that you would recommend to a friend?

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