As you’ve probably noticed, there has recently been an explosion of books applying science to the study of happiness. Quite fascinating.
Of course, one of the points of the Happiness Project is that I will read all these books and figure out what actually works in practice, so you don’t have to plow through this reading yourself — but here are some suggestions, if you want to forge ahead. It’s great stuff.
Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Why the Meaningful Life is Closer Than You Think
Daniel Nettle, Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile
David Lykken, Happiness: The Nature and Nurture of Joy and Contentment
Gregory Berns: Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment
Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness
Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness
Kahneman, Diener, Schwartz, Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology