Description : Is our search for happiness futile? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? In this fascinating new book, Oliver Burkeman argues that 'positive thinking' and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid - uncertainty, insecurity, pessimism and failure. Thought-provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.
Description : In Made for Happiness, Jean Vanier examines the basis for modern moral philosophy and its role in our lives today. Having discovered through his work with the intellectually disabled the degree to which our society is divided, and our values misplaced, Vanier invites us to read with fresh eyes theories of happiness written 2,400 years ago. The book follows the links between psychology, spirituality, and morality: psychology helps us face our fears and limitations; spirituality gives us strength; and morality helps us to choose the best actions, those that will make us happier, and thus more human. The combination of these paths to knowledge and wisdom gives meaning to our lives and allows us to make the best use of our freedom on our way to happiness.
Description : Are you happy? I mean really happy and fulfilled? Are you waking up with a purpose, with a mission, and with tons of energy? Are you exactly where you imagined your life would be? If not, it's ok. You aren't alone. In fact, this book came about because of one reason... I wasn't happy. I didn't feel fulfilled in life, and I was beginning to question my purpose here on Earth. I had married the girl of my dreams, we had a nice home, nice jobs, had a beautiful baby girl, yet I still didn't feel really fulfilled in life. I kept wondering if something wrong with me or if everyone else had similar questions about the meaning of life, love, God, money, and our pursuit of happiness... So five years ago I decided to start reading at least one self-help, personal development, or business book per week. I also starting taking online self-help courses and began surrounding myself with the most inspiring and successful people I could in order to find out what truly makes people happy. Would you like to know what I learned from reading hundreds of books and spending well over $100k on books, online courses, podcasts, and speaking with thought leaders in private mastermind groups over the last 5 years? Well, I'm delighted to tell you that it all boiled down to FOUR overlapping, needle-moving themes that contain the answer to a happy and fulfilled life. And all four of the "cornerstone pieces" all broken down in this one of a kind book called, Fishing For Happiness. Why "Fishing For Happiness"? Do you know the one thing that fishermen love better than fishing? It's catching... Yet, the sad thing is that almost all anglers spend the majority of their time fishing instead of catching. Ironically, humans are the same way when it comes to happiness and fulfillment. We spend the majority of lives "fishing" for happiness, just hoping we will somehow "catch" long-term fulfillment and stumble upon a purpose with our lives. Well, this book aims to bring some light on how to catch fulfillment in your life. Think of it like a Cheat Sheet To Finding Happiness & Fulfillment Based On The Wisdom From Hundreds Of The Top Self-Help Books And Leaders Over The Last 100 Years. I know you will enjoy it, and my goal is that it not only inspires you, but that it transforms your life for the best. In fact, I'm so certain you will get value out of Fishing for Happiness that I personally guarantee it will help you feel happier & more fulfilled or I'll buy the book back from you.
Description : A work of popular philosophy from an Eastern perspective, this analyses our perennial search for happiness and explains why we can't find it in modern lifestyles, pleasure or fame. It enlists the help of polls by sociologists, findings of evolutionary psychologists, historians, philosophers and others, as well as drawing on personal experience and examples, to show that true happiness is to be found in realizing that we are not separate from everything else-whether people, objects, or happiness itself.
Description : An intellectual history of the modern concept of happiness in human life which maintains that a change in human expectations took place during the Enlightenment which made happiness a motivating ideal.
Description : What makes you happy? Others share how they found their passion, purpose, and joy in life in these 101 personal and exciting stories that are sure to inspire and encourage readers to find their own happiness. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness will encourage readers to pursue their dreams, find their passion and seek joy in their life with its 101 personal and inspiring stories. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that we all can find our own happiness.
Description : "An absorbing chronicle of discovery" (Booklist) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other Like most lives, Mary Pipher’s is filled with glory and tragedy, chaos and clarity, love and abandonment. She spent her childhood in small Midwestern towns, the nurturing daughter of a doctor mother and a restless, jack-of-all-trades father. Later, as a wife, mother, and therapist, she was able to do what she most enjoyed: learn about the world and help others. But after the surprising success of Reviving Ophelia, she found herself overwhelmed by the demands on her time and attention. In 2002, Pipher experienced a meltdown. She realized that success and fame were harming her, and she began the long journey to a quieter, more meditative life that would carry her toward self-acceptance and joy. In Seeking Peace, Pipher tells her own remarkable story, and in the process reveals fundamental truths about our individual search for happiness and love. Candid, surprising and moving, Seeking Peace offers a map for our own journey toward a more fulfilling, more joyously lived life.
Description : 'Required reading ... Brock Bastian expertly picks apart the fundamental idea that humans thrive when they approach pleasure and avoid pain, explaining why hardship sometimes yields richer lives that are laden with meaning, deep social connections, and unexpected bliss' Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink In today's culture, happiness has become the new marker of success, while hardships are viewed as personal weaknesses, or problems to be fixed. We increasingly try to eradicate pain through medication and by insulating ourselves from risk and offence, despite being the safest generation to have ever lived. Yet in his research, renowned social psychologist Brock Bastian has found that suffering and sadness are neither antithetical to happiness nor incidental to it: they are a necessary ingredient for emotional well-being. Drawing on psychology, neuroscience and internationally acclaimed findings from Bastian's own lab, The Other Side of Happiness encourages us to take a more fearless approach to living. The most thrilling moments of our lives are often balanced on a knife edge between pleasure and pain, whether it is finding your true love, holding your new-born for the first time, finishing a marathon or even plunging into an icy sea. This is because pain and the threat of loss quite literally increase our capacity for happiness, as Bastian reveals, making us stronger, more resilient, more connected to other people and more attuned to what truly matters. Pain even makes us more mindful, since in our darkest moments we are especially focused and aware of the world around us. Our addiction to positivity and the pursuit of pleasure is actually making us miserable. Brock Bastian shows that, without some pain, we have no real way to achieve and appreciate the kind of happiness that is true and transcendent.
Description : The authors of the 'U.S. Declaration of Independence' declared that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain rights, including Pursuit of Happiness. However, they gave no hints as to where this elusive happiness might be found. Over 3,000 years earlier in the serene atmosphere of the Himalayan ranges, the sages of Veda period drew the same conclusion and proceeded to investigate into the nature of happiness. They wanted to know where happiness was located and how to find it. In their careful observations they noted three facts: Man's search for happiness is a universal tendency. Everyone is searching for lasting happiness in a world of change. Permanent happiness must be independent of a changing environment. Arriving at these conclusions, the sages turned their enquiry inward to discover a substratum of permanence on which the changing phenomena rose and fell. In the short essays in Pursuit of Happiness, Swami Chinmayananda lucidly communicates the conclusions drawn by these subjective scientists who realised their own divine nature and proposed a way of life so that others might follow on the inner journey to the true source of happiness. Hailed as the second Swami Vivekananda, Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993) has left a great legacy behind for mankind. On realising the true purpose of life he worked tirelessly and with tremendous energy for more than four decades to spread the message of Vedanta. A great orator, writer, leader, patriot and spiritual giant, he is one of the finest representatives of Indian spiritual heritage. The sprawling worldwide organisation of Chimaya Mission carries on the torch lit by this great saint.