Life is especially rough right now for so many people, so it’s no wonder more readers are turning to self-help guides about how to be happy! If you’re trying to raise your mental health awareness and want to foster personal growth, learning more about happiness is a great place to start! While there are certain external forces that can affect our overall moods, attitudes, and mental health, being happy and living a happy life is more about your own awareness of your emotions and how you handle what life throws at you. With these books, we hope you’ll pick up a few self-help tips that will help you lead a happier life, no matter what your circumstances might be.
by Scott Haas
This book explores ukeireru, the Japanese concept of acceptance. But this mindset goes beyond the idea of self-acceptance, or accepting when certain things happen to you. Instead, it's a thought process that encourages practitioners to accept their place in the world, as a small part of a larger society. Scott Haas is a psychologist who has spent extensive time in Japan, and he demonstrates that ukeireru is about understanding our relationships to others and finding happiness and fulfillment through what we can offer other people by being mindful about how we are all connected. These concepts will allow you to identify unhealthy relationships and "downsize" them in your life, and it will also teach you to become a better listener and observer in the relationships you prioritize. Haas also emphasizes the importance of rituals that have a calming effect in daily life, so you'll be equipped to find happiness no matter what's going on in your life.
Helen Russell is no stranger to looking to other cultures to understand how to lead happier, more fulfilling lives! In this gorgeous illustrated book, she explores concepts of happiness from all over the world, considering the philosophy, habits, history, and insights that multiple countries and cultures have to offer! Russell reminds readers that despite uncertain times, there are always people finding happiness in the world, and she encourages readers to find what clicks for them in this book. Some of the countries and happiness concepts she includes are Australia and "fair go," sobremesa from Spain, joie de vivre from Canada, þetta reddast from Iceland, and so many more!
Massimo Pigliucci is a philosopher who turns to old ideas of Stoicism to offer up a guide for living a happy life. At its essence, Stoicism is about the concept of being resilient to life's hardships. But too often that's interpreted to mean that you become indifferent or unfeeling. In this book, Pigliucci argues that's not the case. His modern interpretation of Stoicism fosters resilience in such a way that takes into account joy, appreciation for hard work, and experiencing sadness and loss without being overwhelmed by it. Whether you're interested in philosophy or not, this book offers practical advice for a healthier, happier perspective on tough times.
Life is full of lots of expectations, and some of them are great. But for some of us, societal pressures can often be a big source of unhappiness, and it may be hard to pinpoint why that is. That's where Cait Flanders comes in. She encourages readers to examine what expectations or paths might be a foregone conclusion in our lives, and asks them to examine what they really want, and what will really make them happy. Drawing on metaphors or exploration, Flanders guides readers looking to take different paths, setting their own goals and intentions, and working through the uncertainty and questions to find themselves in happier places.
No matter where your path in life may lead, we hope that these books offer you essential guidance and advice to find happiness wherever you go!
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