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Best Books on Happiness: 25 TOP Happiness Books

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Everything You Need to Be Happy

From books on the science of happiness to books about joy, gratitude and positivity to books about how to be happy you’ll find everything you need to find satisfaction, create more contentment and lead a happier, more fulfilled life in the books on this page.

Note: If you know exactly what’s making you unhappy then don’t forget to check out TAoL‘s other book recommendations for top reading lists on topics like health, mindfulness, relationships, learning, productivity, mindset, wealth and more.

The 25 BEST Books on Happiness of All Time

Why these books and not others? The best books on happiness below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

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Books 1-10: The Top 10 Best Books on Happiness of All Time

Here are the 10 best books on happiness from my database…

Best Books on Happiness: The Power of Positive Thinking
1. The Power of Positive ThinkingNorman Vincent Peale
Published 1952 // 128 pages // Rated 4.1 over 96,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: The Art of Happiness
2. The Art of HappinessDalai Lama XIV
Published 1998 // 336 pages // Rated 4.1 over 105,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: On the Shortness of Life
3. On the Shortness of LifeSeneca
Published -49 // 106 pages // Rated 4.2 over 24,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: The Art of Living
4. The Art of LivingEpictetus
The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness
Published 125 // 128 pages // Rated 4.2 over 17,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: The Happiness Hypothesis
5. The Happiness HypothesisJonathan Haidt
Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
Published 2005 // 297 pages // Rated 4.1 over 33,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: The Conquest of Happiness
6. The Conquest of HappinessBertrand Russell
Published 1930 // 183 pages // Rated 4.0 over 11,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: A Guide to the Good Life
7. A Guide to the Good LifeWilliam B. Irvine
The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Published 2008 // 326 pages // Rated 4.2 over 19,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: Learned Optimism
8. Learned OptimismMartin E.P. Seligman
How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Published 1990 // 319 pages // Rated 4.0 over 18,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: The Happiness Advantage
9. The Happiness AdvantageShawn Achor
The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Published 2010 // 272 pages // Rated 4.1 over 31,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Happiness: Lovingkindness
10. LovingkindnessSharon Salzberg
The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
Published 1995 // 256 pages // Rated 4.1 over 7,400 reviews on Goodreads

Books 11-25: 15 Good Books on Happiness to Read Next

Here are the next 15 best books on happiness my database…

11. The Happiness Trap – Russ Harris
How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT
Published 2007 // 240 pages // Rated 4.1 over 10,300 reviews on Goodreads
12. The Book of JoyDalai Lama XIV
Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Published 2016 // 354 pages // Rated 4.3 over 44,600 reviews on Goodreads
13. Happiness – Matthieu Ricard
A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
Published 2003 // 304 pages // Rated 4.0 over 7,400 reviews on Goodreads
14. A Short Guide to a Happy Life – Anna Quindlen
Published 2000 // 50 pages // Rated 4.0 over 8,300 reviews on Goodreads
15. Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Todd Gilbert
Published 2006 // 263 pages // Rated 3.8 over 59,300 reviews on Goodreads
16. Authentic HappinessMartin E.P. Seligman
Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Published 2002 // 336 pages // Rated 3.9 over 11,600 reviews on Goodreads
17. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
Published 2015 // 352 pages // Rated 4.0 over 78,700 reviews on Goodreads
18. 10% Happier – Dan Harris
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
Published 2014 // 256 pages // Rated 3.9 over 94,600 reviews on Goodreads
19. The Antidote – Oliver Burkeman
Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
Published 2012 // 256 pages // Rated 4.0 over 12,300 reviews on Goodreads
20. The Architecture of Happiness – Alain de Botton
Published 2006 // 280 pages // Rated 3.9 over 11,000 reviews on Goodreads
21. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
Published 2008 // 335 pages // Rated 3.8 over 35,800 reviews on Goodreads
22. The How of Happiness – Sonja Lyubomirsky
A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
Published 2007 // 384 pages // Rated 3.9 over 9,300 reviews on Goodreads
23. The Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell
My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country
Published 2015 // 304 pages // Rated 4.0 over 22,700 reviews on Goodreads
24. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Published 2009 // 301 pages // Rated 3.6 over 160,100 reviews on Goodreads
25. Stoicism and the Art of Happiness – Donald J. Robertson
Published 2013 // 256 pages // Rated 4.2 over 1,300 reviews on Goodreads

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Best Books on Happiness

Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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