The Science of Happiness

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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Shawn Achor

BUSINESS ACH

A Harvard lecturer identifies seven core principles of positive psychology to counsel readers on how to achieve greater effectiveness and fulfillment in the workplace, explaining the role of happiness in enabling success and productivity.


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All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending
Laura Vanderkam

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Vanderkam shows how each of us can figure out better ways to use what we have to build the lives we want. Drawing on the latest happiness research as well as the stories of dozens of real people, she offers a contrarian approach that forces us to examine our own beliefs, goals, and values.


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Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Rick Hanson

RELIGION BUDDHISM HAN

Blending modern neuroscience with ancient Buddhist teaching, Hanson explains how elements of psychological well-being and spiritual awareness are based in the core functions of the brain and how to help rewire the brain to achieve peace, happiness, and wisdom.


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The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Eric Swanson

RELIGION BUDDHISM YON

Yongey Mingyur provides clear insights into modern research indicating that systematic training in meditation can enhance activity in areas of the brain associated with happiness and compassion.


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What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women's Lives for the Better
Dan Baker, Cathy Greenberg, Ina Yalof

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In this innovative book about what brings women happiness, Dr. Dan Baker focuses on the five traps that can compromise happiness and leave women yearning for a better life.


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The Creativity Cure: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness
Carrie Barron, Alton Barron

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Draws on the recent psychological research to explore a theory that creativity is an integral part of long-term happiness, outlining a five-step program for achieving fulfillment by cultivating creative outlets and embracing healthy habits.


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The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive
Brendon Burchard

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Using pioneering studies from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience, as well as great stories from his own experience, Burchard identifies the ten simple drives of human emotion and happiness.


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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
Oliver Burkeman

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Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is the intelligent person’s guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness.


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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
Martin E. P. Seligman

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What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? Seligman explains the four pillars of well-being, placing emphasis on meaning and purpose as the most important for achieving a life of fulfillment.


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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Martin E. P. Seligman

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Compiles scientific evidence that optimism is vital to overcoming defeat and exhibits how readers can learn the habit of optimism necessary for a successful and happy life.


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The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment
Deepak Chopra

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Describes how to experience joy in spite of the unique challenges of today’s world, drawing on the Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment to reveal how to focus on positive aspects of painful experiences.


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Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness
Ariel Gore

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Explores the psychology of happiness in women, focusing particularly on whether an intelligent, empowered career woman can be happy in today’s modern world.


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The Happiness Code - The Amazing New Science of Creating
Gary L. Laundre, Ph.D.

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Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Travel it without fear and enjoy a more loving, happy, and productive life.


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The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
Sonja Lyubomirsky

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A life-changing approach to increasing happiness in everyday life redefines what happiness is and introduces activities that emphasize staying active, including exercises in practicing optimism.


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I Can Make You Happy
Paul McKenna

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Demonstrates how to change self-sabotaging thoughts and actions to improve happiness levels in spite of personal circumstances, providing guided exercises to help remove negative thinking and seek out factors that create happiness.


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Spontaneous Happiness
Andrew Weil

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Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within. Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil’s revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in your life.


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Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science
Sissela Bok

SOCSCI PSYCH BOK

How should we pursue, weigh, value, or limit our own happiness, or that of others, now and in the future? Compelling and perceptive, “Exploring Happiness” shines a welcome new light on the heart of the human condition.


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Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook
Elaine Fox

SOCSCI PSYCH FOX

Are you optimistic or pessimistic? In Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, learn how lifelong pessimists can train themselves to think positively and find happiness, while pleasure-seekers inclined toward risky or destructive behavior can take control of their lives.


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Stumbling on Happiness
Daniel Gilbert

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A smart, witty, accessible, and laugh-out-loud funny reflection on human nature brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there.


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This Emotional Life
Rated TV-PG

This program explores ways to improve our social relationships, cope with emotional issues, and become more positive, resilient individuals in these difficult times.


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